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24 Sep 2022

Full-Time Policy Associate

Save The Bay – Posted by savethebay Oakland, California, United States

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Job Description

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. The organization has begun a process to create a workplace that genuinely values diversity and is equitable, inclusive, and accessible to all. We are committed to this eternal work and approach it with humility and intentionality.

Position Summary

Save The Bay seeks a Policy Associate to support the organization’s advocacy for a resilient and equitable Bay Area and a healthy San Francisco Bay. The Policy Associate utilizes advocacy and conducts policy research to improve regional climate resilience along the shoreline and within communities; reduce trash and other pollution in the Bay; and encourage the development of sustainable transit and affordable housing throughout the region. The work schedule for this position will be forty hours per week with flexibility to modify schedules as needed.

REPORTS TO: Policy Manager


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with research and outreach to build Save The Bay’s strategy to advance sea level rise resilience policies and projects across the region.
  • Support efforts to enforce Clean Water Act requirements on cities, Caltrans, and other jurisdictions to regulate trash flows into the Bay from stormwater and other direct discharge sources. Analyze agency budgets and reports, craft compelling social media campaigns, and deliver public testimony.
  • Collaborate with Policy and Communications staff to develop social media content to support Policy priorities and improve digital engagement.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned, including potentially efforts to ensure that general plans, climate action plans, and local hazard mitigation plans incorporate nature-based adaptation and advance equity within communities.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Excellent writing, research, editing, and public speaking skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and collaborative work style
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaborate effectively with colleagues
  • Computer proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office applications, internet research applications.
  • Ability to attend occasional evening/weekend meetings and events
  • Passion for Save The Bay’s mission


  • Knowledge of environmental policy
  • Familiarity with Bay ecology and issues
  • Experience working effectively with elected and agency officials, community leaders, environmental activists, and diverse groups of other stakeholders

Position Logistics

Location: Our work is performed mostly remotely (apart from our Habitat Restoration Staff) with periodic in-person staff and team meetings in our office based in Oakland, CA, and our various restoration sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Start Date: The priority deadline for applications is 10/7/2022; Preferred start date is 11/1/2022.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time, non-exempt, 40 hours per week position. The hourly rate for this position is $28/hour. We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, acupuncture/chiropractic, and life insurance; 12 paid vacation days per year to start, 13-14 paid holidays and 12 days of sick leave per calendar year; 403(b) retirement plan; stipend for working remotely and funds for home office workstation equipment and furniture.

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

  • The deadline for applications is 10/7/2022
  • We will review resumes and conduct interviews in October 2022
  • Finalists will be invited to submit three references
  • We would like to make an offer to a candidate by October and have the candidate start in November

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.

Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome people of all racial backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to apply.

How to Apply

How To Apply: This position is open until filled. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please make sure to include the position title –Policy Associate– in the subject line. In the body of the email, please share where you found this job listing.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: advocacy, Outreach, and policy. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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