Job and Volunteer Opportunities

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Communications Director, Earth Island

Earth Island Institute, a 37-year-old nonprofit organization with a 14M annual budget, seeks a Communication Director who will lead comprehensive communication activities to support the organization’s mission to confront the unprecedented environmental threats to life on Earth. A top-rated charity founded by iconic environmentalist David Brower, Earth Island is well-respected for its accomplishments and for being a leading force in the movement for effective grassroots environmental action.

This is a newly created position. We are a fiscal sponsor for 80+ conservation action projects operating in the US and around the world. In addition to sponsored projects we have programs to build youth environmental leadership through our Brower Youth Awards and New Leaders Initiative. We promote legal efforts for the protection of wildlife and wild places through our legal arm, Earth Island Advocates. We seek to educate and inspire through our quarterly award-winning magazine Earth Island Journal, as well as online posts.

The Communications Director has the responsibility for planning and overseeing Earth Island Institute’s communications strategy and implementation. The person in this role is a part of our Manager Team. They will develop editorial material to convey the breadth of our activities, impact and values, and help us better tell our story.

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Environmental Educator

​KIDS for the BAY is looking for an Environmental Educator!

The ideal candidate is passionate about teaching children and supporting their
teachers and families. S/he cares deeply about education, hands-on science
learning and promoting positive solutions to environmental problems. This
person has a lot of energy and enthusiasm, is highly organized, has excellent
writing skills and can multi-task on a daily basis to meet the needs of working
in a high-impact, grassroots nonprofit organization providing quality,
community-based programs. This position is a wonderful opportunity for a person
committed to a career in the field of environmental education.

KIDS for the BAY (KftB) is an environmental education organization with 27 years of
impact. 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 and
engage students in science learning that supports Next Generation Science
Standards in the classroom and in the outdoors. We are committed to diversity,
equity and inclusion and to empowering students to become active
environmentalists in their school communities. 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

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Executive Director- Real Food Real Stories

RFRS is looking for a dynamic & thoughtful leader who is passionate about igniting cultural change in the food system. The Executive Director will drive the growth and strength of our programs by building effective partnerships with key stakeholders; build a diversified fundraising system including individual and corporate donors, and foundation support; lead the staff, Advisory Board, volunteers, community and supporters in raising revenues to sustain the current annual operations. RFRS’ next leader will be an individual of the highest integrity, a seasoned manager who is enthusiastic to fundraise, and a compelling advocate of sustainable food systems, storytelling and the RFRS mission. This exceptional opportunity is for an experienced, energetic, and ambitious rising leader to take a hands-on role in building the future of this community-based non-profit

Salary: $80,000 - $85,000

Benefits: Full health and dental, vacation & sick leave, 11 paid holidays

Hours: 40 hours / week; working remotely


In the US our right and connection to real food that nourishes people, communities and the environment are robbed by a pervasive and anonymous industrialized food system.

By supporting local food changemakers who are building a regenerative and just food system, we can shift the food culture from the ground up.

Real Food Real Stories’ impact story coaching provides storytelling skills to food changemakers who dedicate their lives to building a more sustainable food system and who are innovating at the forefront of the movement. Our programs include a diverse range of voices and focus on those who are often underrepresented in conversations about sustainability and food: women, people of color, immigrants and LGBTQIA individuals. Our digital content continues to amplify these stories to more listeners and provide a platform for continued conversation around current food system challenges.

Our work is relationship-centric, ranging from:

● 1:1 storytelling coaching,

● public live-storytelling gatherings,

● digital storytelling (+ monthly podcast),

● storytelling workshops, and

● ongoing support for our storytellers

Click here to learn more and apply.

Social Media and Marketing Volunteer

1000 Fountains is dedicated to improving public health, and combating climate change and environmental pollution through rapid and comprehensive installation of free public water fountains. It is our goal to install 1000 drinking fountains in San Francisco in the next decade as an alternative to single-use plastic bottles. We see a future where everyone in an urban area can walk out their door and never worry about accessing safe, free, great-tasting water, anywhere, anytime. Also, by building and maintaining a vast network of drinking fountains across cities, we can make single-use plastic water bottles a thing of the past.

Currently the project is in a start-up phase and is seeking a few motivated volunteers to help with social media and outreach to aligned groups in order to increase awareness of the campaign, invite the public to support the project, and pave the way for the next phase of our growth - installation of the fountains throughout the city. We are looking for volunteers who are genuinely excited by the mission of the project and can take on tasks with creative initiative and ownership. These volunteer positions average 5-8 hours a week and will work in collaboration with the Director and consultants as needed.

Please See here for more details and to apply.


Food Shift is looking for a food recovery driver to join our small but mighty team! At Food Shift, we aim to reduce waste, feed people, and create jobs. The Food Recovery Driver will use the Food Shift van to help transport recovered food from San Francisco to The Food Shift Kitchen in Alameda. This role is crucial to our operations and capacity to reduce wasted food, feed communities, and create jobs in our kitchen. The driver will also deliver and set up catering services for clients as needed. If this sounds like the position for you, we encourage you to apply. You can find application details here.


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.


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.