Communications Fellow

Who We Are and What We Do

Save The Bay’s mission is to protect and restore the Bay for people and wildlife. We are the only regional organization that integrates political advocacy, wetland restoration, and education to shape a healthy and resilient region. We are a team of passionate people, and at the core, we are collaborative, supportive, dedicated, and bold.

Over two decades, Save The Bay has become a Bay Area leader in the science and practice of habitat restoration, focused on tidal marsh transition zone habitat at landscape-scale for recovery of endangered species, and for ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change. We enlist thousands of volunteers annually to restore the shoreline and educate Bay Area students to be the next generation of Bay stewards through hands-on experiential education and on-line learning.

Position Summary

Place yourself at the intersection of Save The Bay’s restoration, policy, and outreach campaigns with a position that interfaces with many different staff and subject areas within Save The Bay’s Development and Communications Team. Support our outreach and communication efforts promoting our restoration work and policy campaigns, as well as ongoing events. Help strategize and develop content, learn digital marketing and fundraising best-practices, and gain hands-on experience in professional networking and community partnership building. The Fellow will work primarily remotely, with in-person workdays twice a month in our downtown Oakland office and/or other venues. Equipment such as a laptop will be provided.

Reports To: Communications Manager

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support communications by creating dynamic content, including written, graphic, and video social media posts, blogs, and public relations outreach materials that amplifies the organization’s brand, initiatives, and events
  • Partner with the Communications Manager to update and refresh all organizational websites: savesfbay.org, bayday.org, sfbayactionfund.org
  • Develop email marketing campaigns to support Save The Bay’s outreach, fundraising, and programs
  • Provide support in the production and execution of Bay Day – our most significant community engagement event, which will take place in October
  • Help expand our network of organizations/individuals related to fundraising and events by conducting research, developing partnerships, and participating in outreach opportunities (potentially out in the community and/or at corporate sites)
  • Opportunity for special projects that align with organizational needs and personal career goals
  • Participate in regular team and all-staff meetings to learn about the organization’s strategy, planning, programs and operations
  • Assist with various support tasks as needed

Qualifications and Experience

  • Interest in San Francisco Bay environmental issues and enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs
  • Strong writing and design skills and an interest in learning new programs applications
  • Detail-oriented, with strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively across cultures and demonstrate a commitment to learning, communicating, and working respectfully with people who are different from yourself
  • Minimum commitment of at least 20 hours a week for 6-12 months
  • Active participation and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines
  • WordPress experience a plus
  • Salesforce experience a plus

Position Logistics

Location: Our work is performed in a hybrid setting (remote and in office) with in-person staff meetings the first Tuesday of the month and occasional team meetings in our office based in Oakland, CA, and at our various restoration sites around the San Francisco Bay Area. Commute time will be considered part of normal work hours, up to 30 minutes each way.

Compensation and Benefits: The Communications Fellow position is 20 hours per week with an hourly wage of $20.00. The fellow will also receive a $75 per month home office stipend. The position is temporary with a commitment of 6 to 12 months, to be determined at the time of hire. This is a non-exempt position.

Hiring Timeline (This is our ideal timeline, but it may be subject to changes):

  • The deadline for applications is May 24, 2024
  • We will review resumes and conduct interviews at the end of May and early June
  • We would like to make an offer to a candidate by mid-June and have the candidate start on July 15, 2024

How To Apply: This position is open until filled. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@savesfbay.org. Please make sure to include the position title – Communications Fellow – in the subject line. In the body of the email, please share where you found this job listing.

COVID-19 Policy: All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.

Work Environment: We welcome people of all cultural backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply and thrive with our growing team. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit a diverse workforce and provide an equitable, and inclusive workplace for all.

DEI Statement: Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, Save The Bay will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

Our Leadership Philosophy: At Save the Bay, we take a person-centered approach to leadership. As leaders, we strive to embody our organizational core values and create a work environment that fosters belonging, authenticity, accountability, and care.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) – Our Journey

Over the past three years, Save The Bay has been reckoning with our positionality within a predominantly white-led environmental movement. Our internal DEI work has matured from identifying opportunities to create safe and welcoming working environments to implementing organization-wide professional development and offering racial affinity-based programs. Multiple DEI efforts began and continue to be fueled by employee leaders, their impact has already made a difference in the programs we offer, the investments we make, and partnerships we build. We are currently working to be effective allies to environmental justice organizations and to support community-driven efforts that protect the most vulnerable people from the impacts of climate change in our region.

In 2023, we adopted organizational core values after collecting feedback and engaging staff and board members. This has proven to be an impactful step in the integration of DEI into the leadership philosophy and operations of Save The Bay. The next phase of our work includes continued efforts to identify equitable outcomes in alignment with the development of Save The Bay’s strategic plan.

Our DEI work is expansive and ongoing. We are committing significant organizational time and resources to advance DEI efforts and achieve equitable outcomes. We seek candidates who will help us forward this work, and understand that systems work demands resiliency, patience, and endurance.

Tagged as: climate resilience, conservation, environmental justice, nonprofit, social media

About Save The Bay

Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay protects the Bay from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. We restore habitat and secure strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. Save The Bay engages more than 40,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually.