San Francisco Bay Chapter Sierra Club

Staff & Internship Opportunities

Thanks for your interest in working for the Bay Chapter! The Chapter is currently accepting applications to fill the following open positions:

Development Associate

Communications Intern

Conservation Intern

Development Associate

If you have experience in managing a fundraising canvass, event planning, and donor cultivation you could be a great fit for the Development Associate position at the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. We need a leader to help shape our fundraising program and reach our annual fundraising goals. Join the great team of environmental advocates working to promote ecology, climate justice, and get Bay Area residents out in the natural world.

Find more details about the position and apply here.

Communications Intern

(Part-time, unpaid)

Do you want an internship where you can grow professionally while making a difference? This is the internship for you!

The Sierra Club S.F. Bay Chapter is a leader in the environmental movement. Our work over the past 90+ years has helped shape the Bay Area — and California! — that you know and love. Our energetic and passionate staff and volunteers bring the slogan “think globally, act locally” to life. 

The Bay Chapter seeks a motivated, energetic, and creative individual with strong written communication skills and a knowledge and understanding of the digital media realm. The intern hired for this position will need strong critical thinking skills in order to understand the breadth of our activities and effectively communicate our work to members, the media, politicians, and other stakeholders. The Communications Intern will work closely with the Communications Manager, conservation staff, and Chapter volunteers to ensure that our activities and successes are accurately and engagingly promoted.

An ideal candidate…

  • Education: Has or is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Marketing, Business, Public Relations, Communications, or a related degree
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to creatively use social media (Facebook, MeetUp, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to get out our message and build a conversation around our work
  • Familiar with the Drupal content management system or willing to learn
  • Design skills and familiarity with Photoshop and InDesign a plus
  • Available to work out of our office in Berkeley for at least 4 months,  8-12 hours a week, Monday-Friday, during business hours
  • Passion and the drive to take action on local environmental issues and uphold Sierra Club sustainability goals

Key responsibilities:

  • Help with the transition of the Chapter website to a Drupal content management system
  • Support the creation of monthly electronic newsletter
  • Craft Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts — creativity is encouraged!
  • Help compile content and edit articles for the Chapter’s bimonthly print newspaper, the Yodeler
  • Write articles, op-eds, and letters to the editor in local media sources
  • Help craft and execute communication plans for various campaigns
  • Publicize events and outings on community calendars
  • Data entry and other administrative support
  • Other tasks as assigned

The Sierra Club offers a friendly, fast-paced work environment with highly motivated volunteers focused on making positive change in the world.  Send resume and cover letter to Please talk about what you hope to learn from this internship in your cover letter.

Conservation Intern

(Part-time, unpaid)

This is an outstanding opportunity for students interested in local grassroots environmental politics to gain references and resume-building experience in the environmental field.

Job Scope:

The San Francisco Bay Chapter serves four Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Francisco. The Conservation Intern works closely with our Community Organizers to recruit and organize Sierra Club volunteers and activists to work on local environmental efforts. Some of our current campaigns include protecting critical habitat and open space, promoting clean renewable energy, and working directly in elections to pass environmental ballot measures and elect environmental leaders. The Sierra Club provides and important role in the environmental movement by getting our 38,000 local members directly involved in grassroots lobbying and elections.

Preferred Experience:

  • Some experience and interest in organizing and recruiting volunteer grassroots efforts
  • Commitment to environmental issues
  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexible schedule, ability to work 15-20 hours per week for 3-4 months, and occasional evenings and weekends

Pay and Compensation:

This is a volunteer internship experience. Students with work-study are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter via email to Jess Dervin-Ackerman at .

If you are primarily interested in working in Contra Costa or Marin Counties, contact Ratha Lai at

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

For information about Sierra Club jobs and internships at the Club's national office in San Francisco and elsewhere in the country, see


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