Job and Volunteer Opportunities

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KIDS for the BAY is an environmental education organization now in our 27th year of operation. We deliver engaging, hands-on programs to our partner elementary schools throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Our programs connect school students with nature on field trips to creek, bay and ocean habitats, engage students in science learning aligned with Next Generation Science Standards in the classroom and in the outdoors and inspire students to become active environmentalists. We provide professional development in environmental science education for our partner teachers. We also run an exciting Summer Camp for children ages 5 – 13 to explore in nature, learn hands-on science and become inspired environmentalists. For more information about our mission, impact and programs, please visit our website at

KIDS for the BAY offers a friendly, supportive working environment, with excellent professional development opportunities. Our office is located in the Lorin District of Berkeley, walking distance from Ashby BART station and surrounded by popular coffee shops, restaurants and unique neighborhood stores, as well as a weekly Farmers Market.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is passionate about raising funds for important work in environmental education and communicating exciting success stories and highlights with our community. S/he cares deeply about education, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the environment. This person has a lot of energy and enthusiasm, is highly organized and has excellent writing skills as well as graphic design and social media experience. S/he can multi-task on a daily basis to meet the needs of working in a busy office environment and meeting important deadlines. This position is a wonderful opportunity for a person committed to a career in the field of nonprofit development and communications.


  • Work with the Executive Director to develop fundraising and communications plans
  • Work with the Advisory Board and the Development/Communications Committee to increase the effectiveness of fundraising and communications strategies
  • Provide input to strategic planning
  • Increase the participation of staff and Advisory Board Members in fundraising and communications
Development and Fundraising:
  • Prepare applications/proposals for assigned foundation, corporate and government funders
  • Research potential new funders and cultivate relationships with assigned funders
  • Prepare reports, photo documents, and all other communications materials needed for foundation and corporate funders
  • Manage government funder contracts and communications including: creating contract management plans, writing and submitting reports, invoices, receipts and deliverables
  • Visit classroom, field trip and Summer Camp sites to gather stories, quotes, pictures and videos
  • Work closely with program staff to gather program reports/highlights, quotes, pictures and evaluation information
  • Make presentations to funders and lead funder site visits
  • Manage Salesforce donor database, prepare donor communications and annual mailings
  • Manage special events
  • Manage all organization, fundraising and program communications:
  • Develop and update website
  • Create annual print Newsletter and Annual Report
  • Manage Mailchimp email database, create quarterly
  • E-Newsletter and all email campaigns
  • Manage social media – Facebook and Instagram
  • Manage online advertising campaigns for Summer Camp
  • Ensure the smooth running of the KftB office including:
  • Process weekly accounting and keep all accounting records
  • Take inventory and order supplies
  • Maintain the efficiency of all technology and office equipment
  • Maintain and improve the office environment

Qualifications and Experience

  • Required Experience and Qualifications:
  • At least two years of development and communications experience
  • Bachelors degree
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Graphic design and social media experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Google Suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, and Forms), Publisherand database CRM (experience with Salesforce is a plus)

Required Work Traits/Skills:

  • Excellent organizational skills, effective time management, and efficient planning to accommodate a busy schedule
  • Upbeat, positive, professional attitude and communication approach
  • Desire and enthusiasm to be in a leadership role within the organization and to represent the organization within the community
  • Willingness to follow direction from supervisor, as well as self-direct/manage tasks independently
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail and high quality of work in order to meet deadlines in an efficient and timely manner
  • Commitment to environmental education and to diversity, equity and inclusion


This is a full-time position. Generous paid vacation and benefits are provided. The starting salary is $40,000.

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: March 11, 2019, by 5 p.m.

Anticipated start date: April 9, 2019

Your application package must include a cover letter, resume and at least two references with current contact information (email and phone number).

To apply, email your application to: with “Development Manager position application” in the subject line.

A background check by a Live Scan service provider will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.


Earth Island Journal, an award-winning quarterly environmental magazine, is looking for a Spring-Summer intern who will work with us on our print publication as well as the Journal’s web component. This is an unpaid position that offers the opportunity to build knowledge and reporting/writing experience for those interested in the environment and the future of our planet. (We do provide a monthly transportation stipend of $60, and sometimes interns may be able to receive college credit for their work.)

Ideal candidate will provide the following services:

  • Write online articles on current environmental and sustainable development issues
  • Fact-check reports from contributors
  • Help editors with research (mostly web-based)
  • Help promote the Journal at events

Qualifications: Ideal candidate would be

  • Comfortable with writing and interviewing, and detail oriented
  • Have a strong interest in environmental and sustainable development issues.
  • Familiar with Word, Excel, email, and Web programs.
  • Able to work fast and think creatively while under deadline


Interns should commit 8-15 hours a week. Some of the work can be done remotely. The internship will last 3-4 months or longer.

How to apply

To apply please send resume, brief cover letter, and writing samples to: by April 5, 2019.


Position: Production Chef
Reports to: Chef Suzy
Pay Rate: $22/hr
Status: Part-time,
Hours: 24 hrs /week
Location: 677 W Ranger Ave Alameda, CA

About Food Shift:

Food Shift, a project of Earth Island Institute, is developing collaborative models to reduce wasted food, feed communities, and provide jobs. Food Shift’s primary project is The Food Shift Kitchen, a unique social enterprise that recovers produce that would have otherwise been wasted due to cosmetic imperfections and transforms it into nutritious food products that are donated to food insecure communities or sold to local businesses to generate revenue for the program.

The Food Shift Kitchen is located at Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a housing cooperative that provides housing assistance for low income and formerly homeless families. Ninety-nine percent are APC residents are living below the poverty line and struggling with disabilities. Food Shift partners with APC’s on the job training (OJT) program to provide a six-month culinary apprenticeship and certification program. Apprentices (OTJs) learn valuable work-ready skills that will support them in acquiring future employment—strengthening their economic security and personal empowerment.

Food Shift is committed to building a financially sustainable social enterprise. This means that while we deliver on our mission to reduce waste and feed people, we are committed to providing jobs for people who need them the most and are actively developing opportunities for revenue generation. We are inspired and influenced by the success of DC Central Kitchen and we aim to grow our impact throughout the Bay Area and demonstrate a positive model for the rest of the nation to follow.

About the role:

The Production Chef is responsible for the orchestration of Food Shifts social enterprise ventures; catering, value-added production, and shelter meals as well as providing support to our OJTs as their skills are refined on the job. This position will often direct OJTs, volunteers and requires excellent leadership skills.

Visit us at


Production Duties:
  • Creation of menus & recipes for catering clients, shelter meals & value-added products.
  • Lead OJTs & volunteers in executing food production for Food Shift clients.
  • Providing necessary training for OJTs to accomplish tasks and develop culinary skills.
  • Ensure that all food is prepared and ready to be delivered in a timely manner according to the required delivery schedule.
  • Place food and supply orders with Culinary Educator & Driver.
  • Manage food and dry good inventory with Culinary Educator.
  • Maintain ServSafe Manager certification and implement policies and procedures to ensure food sanitation and workplace safety standards are maintained at all times.
  • Working knowledge of HACCP Plan and is able to comply with all federal and state regulations pertaining to food handling/production.
  • Track all inbound and outbound food and supplies by labeling, monitoring, and tracking them with the proper forms and procedures ensuring as little food as possible is wasted in The Food Shift Kitchen.
  • Execute cleaning schedules and procedures to ensure a clean and organized kitchen.
  • Execute catering from the front of house and back of house, including possibly driving and working on site.
  • Drive the Food Shift van or personal vehicle as needed for pick-ups and/or drop-offs.
  • Identify necessary purchases of ingredients and/or supplies, and tell Program Manager.
  • Help with sourcing supplies purchased or donated when needed.
  • Check equipment functionality and report any issues with Culinary Educator.
Other Duties:
  • Communicate clearly and frequently with Food Shift staff, apprentices, and volunteers about program needs, successes, challenges, and recommendations for the program to Program Manager.
  • Support with improving program systems and processes.
  • Track all hours worked and submit timesheet to supervisor.

Desired Qualifications

  • Passion and drive to contribute to Food Shift’s mission.
  • Must have valid CA Driver’s License and a clean driving record.
  • Must hold current ServSafe manager certificate.
  • 2+ years of supervisory experience, working in high volume restaurants or production kitchen.
  • Organized and efficient in executing administration and logistics. High level of attention to detail.
  • Experience mentoring and teaching others.
  • Understanding of culinary terms, knowledge, and skills; able to uphold the highest food quality standards.
  • Patience, compassion, and clear communication.
  • Dedicated to recycling, composting, and keeping food out of the waste stream.
  • Strong written and computer skills communication skills.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, walk, twist and turn.
  • Ability to use a computer, keyboard, and calculator.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

To Apply

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to with the email subject line “Production Chef Application [Your name]”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Earth Island Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


Position: Administrative and Operations Assistant
Status: Part-time, temporary, non-exempt
Hours: 12 - 18 hours per week
Salary: $18 hourly wage and lunch served 4 days per week
Location: 677 W. Ranger Ave. Alameda, CA, 94501

Job Description:

The Administrative and Operations Assistant is responsible for supporting the internal operations and administrative functioning of the organization. They will report to the Director and will be trained and supported by the current Development and Operations Associate. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience with a growing non-profit organization and be an instrumental part of a dynamic team building a movement to reduce wasted food, nourish communities, and provide jobs.

About Food Shift: Food Shift works collaboratively with communities, businesses, and governments to develop long-term sustainable solutions to reduce food waste and build more resilient communities. One of our most exciting programs is The Food Shift Kitchen where we recover surplus food, provide job training to individuals with barriers to employment, and create nourishing meals that we distribute or sell throughout the community. Visit us at to learn more.
Food Shift is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute and the individual in this position would be an employee of Earth Island.

Job Duties:

  • Manage telephone, email and written inquiries to Food Shift.
  • Frequently check and manage general organization email accounts such as the general info inbox and volunteer inbox.
  • Manage and streamline organization’s and staff’s internal schedule, documents, and records in Google Drive & Google Calendar.
  • Put together monthly newsletter and assist with other communications or promotion outreach.
  • Assist with social media content creation, posting, and management as needed.
  • Data entry and management in Salesforce and Google Suite.
  • Ensure all donations and pledges are accurately recorded and tracked, and thank you letters sent in a timely manner.
  • Draft and submit invoices, monthly reimbursements, check requests, and deposit forms.
  • Clean and organize the office and assist with filing, printing, scanning, and organizing online files.
  • Help with day-of catering execution for the kitchen such as printing menus and supporting the Program Manager and Culinary Director as needed.
  • Support with staff and volunteer recruitment, onboarding, paperwork, coordination, and hours tracking.
  • Work closely with Earth Island to ensure all administrative and legal processes are correct and all paperwork deadlines are met.
  • Take initiative to suggest improvements to systems and processes wherever possible.
  • Provide back-up and support to Director and staff, as needed; enthusiastically take on other duties as assigned.
  • With potential for expanding hours and responsibilities based on performance.


The incoming Administrative and Operations Assistant will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to Food Shift’s mission and vision.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite (email, documents, spreadsheets, calendar, etc.).
  • Proactive work ethic; ability to anticipate needs, take appropriate actions, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and remain focused in a fast-paced startup environment.
  • Demonstrated mathematical proficiency and comfort working with numbers.
  • Proficiency with Salesforce, Wordpress, and social media management is a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, walk, twist and turn.
  • Ability to use a computer, keyboard, calculator, and phone.

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Earth Island Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


The International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) of Earth Island Institute is seeking a part-time Social Media Coordinator to work with our team for the global protection of whales and dolphins and their ocean habitats. Candidates should be creative, highly organized, and committed to our mission.

You will interact with targeted virtual communities and network users to promote our campaigns, increase web traffic, and fundraise. You must be able to create consistent, meaningful content on all social media platforms, as well as act quickly and gracefully to resolve any complaints or criticisms posted on social media.

  • Build and execute social media strategy through research, benchmarking, messaging, and audience identification
  • Write, develop, and strategize online content production and scheduling
  • Create and maintain company social media pages and profiles
  • Develop and measure social media key performance indicators (KPI’s)
  • Assist with crisis management, bad reviews, and negative news communications
  • Generate, edit, publish, and share content daily (original text, images, video, and HTML)
  • Build meaningful connections and encourage community members through dialog and messaging
  • Create and maintain IMMP’s social media pages and profiles
  • Identify and execute online fundraising opportunities
  • Moderate user-generated content and messages appropriately
  • Create and implement social media marketing plan and editorial calendar
  • Track and analyze analytics reports to gain insight on traffic, demographics, and effectiveness; utilize this information to positively affect future outcomes
  • Work with other team members on blog content, as needed
  • Monitor Google Adwords account
  • Circulate press releases generated by IMMP staff members
  • Other miscellaneous tasks, as needed

Social Media Coordinator Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (marketing, communications, media studies or related field OR marine science, zoology, or ecology degree with strong social media skills)
  • 2+ years’ experience in digital marketing and social media preferred
  • Strong familiarity with the business applications of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • In-depth knowledge of SEO, keyword research, Google Analytics and GoogleAds
  • Knowledge of project management and web design best practices
  • Understanding of social media metrics; able to interpret the results and take action to increase effectiveness of social media campaigns
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to grasp future trends in digital technologies and act proactively

Application Process:

Please submit cover letter, résume, and two references (provide name, title, place of work, relationship to you, and contact info) to Interviews for selected candidates will be conducted at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. This is a part-time position. Hours and compensation TBD.

Earth Island Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Suite 460
Berkeley, CA 94704


Terms: Full-time, Temporary Position located in Berkeley, CA

Earth Island Institute’s Project Support Program provides fiscal sponsorship, resources, training, technical assistance, and peer relationships to more than 75 environmental projects. Our goals are to strengthen the capacity of each project to effectively address environmental issues, create synergy between activists working on similar topics, and allow project directors to focus their energy on their campaigns and programs.

This position is part of the Earth Island team serving as liaison, administrative coordinator, and coach to Earth Island Institute sponsored projects under the supervision of the Director of Operations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

· Project Liaison - This position will be the primary point of contact for a caseload of projects and will work in conjunction with
administration, finance, and human resources staff to coordinate services and training of project directors and staff.

· Administrative Coordinator - This position will coordinate processing, tracking, and reporting for a wide variety of administrative tasks including private foundation and government grants and contracts.

· Coaching & Training - This position will be part of a team of experts providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to project leadership in the areas of organizational management, supervision, fundraising and scale-up of infrastructure.

· Communication & Outreach - This position will help to manage communication & outreach to projects.

· New Project Selection & Orientation- This position will provide input into new project applications and selection.

· Special projects and other administrative duties as assigned – depending on the candidate and their background, several special projects are possible including assisting projects with grant proposals, financial literacy and budget projections, or human resource support, staff on-boarding and supervision.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate, through training and experience, strong customer service, communication and administrative skills, and a willingness to accept and take on new challenges. Familiarity with nonprofit regulations and grant management is required. Qualified applicants must be self-directed, well organized, and focused yet flexible when faced with constantly changing priorities. This position requires four or more years of nonprofit experience, and a basic knowledge of accounting
principles. Candidates must be computer literate and have comprehensive working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, Gmail, and Google Docs. Database or web experience is a plus.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $55,000-$60,000, depending on experience. The position is being offered as temporary with the aspiration that a regular
position will be available in the new fiscal year. Position is Monday-Friday during regular business hours located in the David Brower Center, 1 block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

This position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2019 or until the position is filled.

To apply

Please send your resume along with a cover letter expressing your interest in Earth Island and how your qualifications align with the responsibilities of this position to with Program Advisor in the subject line.

Earth Island Institute is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Earth Island does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy, breastfeeding, childbirth, or related medical
conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other basis protected by state or federal laws, local law, or ordinance.


This volunteer position will support, help develop, and implement a social media strategy for Food Shift. The role will involve creating content, building community through our online presence, developing brand awareness, and generating inbound traffic. This volunteer will create engaging content and build community support and engagement through our social media platforms, including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and community boards.

View the full description at this link.


Are you passionate about conservation? Is your dream to work for a dynamic NGO whose mission is to conserve the Mexico’s natural-wealth by generating sustainable development opportunities and replicating their actions in other states of the country? Now is your chance. Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda is looking for a Public Relations and Fundraising Assistant. You would work closely with the General Director and Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator, assisting with organization of workshops and other events. Furthermore, you would be responsible for translating grant proposals, reports, promotional material and other documents from English to Spanish and vice versa. You would also work closely with Graphic Designer and Communications Officer, contributing to the development of web and social media content. You would have an opportunity to visit some of the ecotourism projects across the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve – a 383,567-hectare ecological wonder. Full schedule work week. Requires excellent written and spoken communication skills in Spanish and English, disposition to work under pressure and the flexibility to work with multidisciplinary staff and local partners, and the skills to meet deadlines. This is an excellent opportunity to learn to promote a wide variety of conservation projects, all the while living in the most eco-diverse protected area in Mexico.


All One Ocean’s mission is to educate people about the destructive impacts of our trash by providing a simple way for beachgoers, any time they visit the beach, to help clean up our Ocean, beautify beaches and prevent needless death and suffering to marine life. For information about the internships, follow this link.