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Work with us! Whether you're looking to get your start in environmental work with an internship, or to continue a career in environmental advocacy or nonprofit administration, this page lists all of our open positions.


JOBS

Pacific Policy Director or Advocate

San Francisco, CA

Pacific Environment…

Pacific Environment seeks to protect the living environment of the Pacific Rim by strengthening local community leadership and championing social justice in Russia, China, the Arctic, and elsewhere on the Pacific Rim. With a 28-year history of achievement and a staff of 10, Pacific Environment focuses on marine, energy/climate, and watershed protection issues.

The Position…

Reporting to the Executive Director, the hire will either be at the Director or Manager (Advocate) scale. The Pacific Policy Director/Advocate will provide leadership and management for Pacific Environment initiatives and campaigns. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in one or more of the following issues and geographies:

  • marine policy
  • energy and climate policy
  • rivers and watershed policy
  • Russia and other western Pacific venues
  • international development finance campaigns

There is significant opportunity for the Policy Director/Advocate to expand Pacific Environment's range of activities in these focal areas. The position's responsibilities include strategic planning, managing staff, serving as a lead contact for international partners, fundraising with foundations and individuals, and oversight of a program budget.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated achievement, leadership, and management skills relevant to one or more of the thematic and geographic focuses listed above. She or he will also possess excellent communications skills.

This is a salaried, exempt position.

Location, Travel and Hours of Work...

This full-time position is ideally based at Pacific Environment's San Francisco headquarters, although remote placement elsewhere in the Pacific Rim is possible for the right candidate. The position will require frequent international and domestic travel.

Key Qualifications…

  • B.A. / B.S. degree or equivalent experience. Advanced degrees and relevant experience are a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated experience and achievement in strategic advocacy, policy, and campaign work.
  • Experience in one or more of the policy areas and/or geographies listed above.
  • Bilingual in English and Russian (or another language spoken in the western Pacific region) a particular plus.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership and program management.
  • Demonstrated success in foundation fundraising. Experience in individual fundraising a plus.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated success as an effective team player.
  • Ability to develop strong, constructive relationships with local environmental groups, government agencies, scientists, and community and political leaders in geographies of focus.
  • Personal commitment to environmental and social justice and, therefore, a strong sense of humor.

Compensation and Benefits...

The salary and benefits package will be commensurate with experience. The employee will enjoy a flexible working environment with a dedicated, diverse group of colleagues.

How to Apply...

1. Please send a resume, cover letter, references, and your salary history to hr@pacificenvironment.org.

2. In a separate document, please answer this question in 50-250 words:

Due to climate change, Arctic sea ice is melting, creating an existential threat to polar bears and walrus. What can be done about it?

3. This position will remain open until filled. All applications received by May 28 will definitely be reviewed.

4. No phone calls, please.

Pacific Environment is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, class, disability status, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation.


INTERNSHIPS

China Program Intern, Summer 2015

Pacific Environment is looking for a summer intern for our China Program. Pacific Environment has been partnering with local and indigenous communities in Russia, China, the Alaskan Arctic and the West Coast of the United States for nearly three decades. We believe that long-term environmental and social progress originates from strengthening local communities and grassroots movements, complemented with sophisticated policy advocacy at international finance and governance institutions. Our work to build robust civil society institutions and leadership has led directly to shutting down polluting factories, holding companies like Apple responsible for their suppliers’ conduct, forcing the oil industry to meet its clean-up responsibilities, and stopping coal mines and destructive dams.

We currently are engaged in building the capacity of Chinese non-governmental organizations to work on water and air pollution. We are looking for an intern to assist our China Program Director in this exciting and challenging work. We welcome applicants who have particular interests in environmental protection, civil society, and China.

The intern will assist with the following:

Water and Air Pollution Training Program: Assist with Pacific Environment’s training program for local grassroots environmental groups in China, including program evaluation, and developing training materials and programs for use in China; summer interns are given one or two substantive projects which fit with his or her skill set and interests.

Communications: Translate materials for our website and other communications (from Chinese to English); write one blog for our web site on a topic of the intern’s choosing and related to our work;

Administration: Assist with program administrative tasks (no more than 20% of the intern’s time).

Skills and Experience Desired: Mandarin Chinese speaker strongly preferred; good English writing skills; some college education is strongly preferred; some environmental campaign experience or education in an environmental field preferred.

Qualities Desired: Able to work cooperatively in teams; flexible, positive, takes initiative, and demonstrates good judgment; punctual and has excellent follow-through on tasks and projects; problem-solver.

The internship is 15-30 hours per week and work days are flexible; we will set up an individualized schedule for the intern when he/she starts. The intern will work out of Pacific Environment’s main office in downtown San Francisco and will be supervised directly by China Program Director Kristen McDonald. Our office is conveniently located a five minute walk to the BART (subway) station and is on many bus lines; we also are happy to accommodate bicycle commuting.

Application deadline: Please apply by June 1, 2015.

To apply: Visit pacificenvironment.org and read about Pacific Environment and particularly our work in China. Please send a resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in this internship, to kmcdonald@pacificenvironment.org. 

No phone calls, please.


Russia Program Intern , Summer 2015

Pacific Environment is looking for a summer intern for our Russia Program. Pacific Environment has been partnering with local and indigenous communities in Russia, China, the Alaskan Arctic and the West Coast of the United States for nearly three decades. We believe that long-term environmental and social progress originates from strengthening local communities and grassroots movements, complemented with sophisticated policy advocacy at international finance and governance institutions.

We currently are engaged in building the capacity of Russian non-governmental organizations to work on sustainable fisheries and energy issues. We are looking for an intern to assist our Russia Program staff in this exciting and challenging work. We welcome applicants who have particular interest in environmental protection, international development, fundraising, communications, and Asia. The intern will assist with the following areas:

Communications: Put together materials on our current project work in Russia; translate documents; write one blog for our web site on a topic of the intern’s choosing and related to our work; edit Russia Program website content.

Project Work: Conduct research on local and international fundraising opportunities for grassroots environmental and indigenous NGOs in Russia.

Administration: Assist with program administrative tasks (no more than 20% of the intern’s time).

Skills and Experience Desired: Bilingual English-Russian speaker strongly preferred; good English writing skills; interest and some college education in an environmental field, international development, communications, or other related fields is required.

Qualities Desired: Able to work cooperatively in teams; flexible, positive, takes initiative, and demonstrates good judgment; has excellent follow-through on tasks and projects; problem-solver.

The internship is 15-30 hours per week and work days are flexible; we will set up an individualized schedule for the intern when he/she starts. The intern will work out of Pacific Environment’s main office in downtown San Francisco. Our office is conveniently located a five minute walk to the BART (subway) station and is on many bus lines; we also are happy to accommodate bicycle commuting.

Application deadline: Please apply by June 7, 2015

To apply:  Visit pacificenvironment.org and read about Pacific Environment and particularly our Russia work. Please send a resume and a cover letter where you explain your interest in this internship in particular and environmental work in Russia in general to eselvestru@pacificenvironment.org. 

No phone calls, please.


We're always looking for enthusiastic interns. You'd be a great match for us if you're interested in environmental advocacy and have one or more of the following skills: you speak Chinese or Russian, you're a social media and web wiz, you're interested in gaining some hands-on experience in fundraising, or you want to participate in the daily operations of a small nonprofit.

If you'd like to intern with us, please send an email to Venee at vcall@pacificenvironment.org. Be sure to include your resume and a cover note in which you indicate what areas of our work you're interested in and why.