Job and Volunteer Opportunities

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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 seeking transformational leadership to help shape the future of Food Shift. The ideal candidate will be bold and creative, with deep cultural competency, and a passion for equity and justice.

Food Shift’s Executive Director is responsible for the direction, management, and development of Food Shift’s team, programs, and impact. The Executive Director is both the internal leader of the organization as well as the driving force behind external relationships - using their skills and networks to establish and sustain partnerships in support of our goals. The Executive Director must be skilled at fundraising, thinking strategically, and team leadership.

Food Shift is fiscally sponsored by Earth Island Institute and Food Shift’s Executive Director is the person responsible for project compliance with Earth Island policies and procedures, in addition to being responsible for the project’s consistent achievement of its mission, organizational obligations, and financial objectives.

Read more about the job description here.


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.


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.