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Deputy Project Director – Real Food Real Stories

Real Food Real Stories (RFRS), a project of Earth Island Institute, is a startup non-profit entering its third year. We seek to transform regional food systems by shifting culture between eaters and the food industry towards trust, relationship and collaboration through powerful storytelling, transformative experiences and community building. We address the entire food chain, coaching and making available stories that inspire action.

RFRS is looking for a dynamic & thoughtful collaborator who is passionate about igniting cultural change in the food system and helping lead the organization to a new phase of growth and service. The Deputy Project Director (DPD) will oversee: Organizational Strategy and Implementation, Business Development, Fundraising and Corporate Sponsorship. The DPD will work closely with the Founder/Project Director, whose focus will be on overall creative direction for the organization, act as lead facilitator for storytelling, key partnerships, and public facing engagements.

Read more about the position here.

Forest Protection Advocate, Lobbyist and Grassroots Organizer

The John Muir Project is hiring! Given the full out attack that the current administration and leaders in Congress are making on the environment, now more than ever we need a steady presence in Washington D.C. to educate legislators on the importance of protecting our nation’s forests and to push for legislative changes which will permanently protect these areas to maintain native biodiversity of plants and animals and mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

This is a full-time position which will be based in Washington D.C. Travel will be a significant part of this position (approximately 20% or 10 weeks over the course of a year) including day trips to Congressional districts near the D.C. area and longer trips to strategic congressional districts, including in the western United States. Travel will also include trips to certain national forests across the country to obtain on-the-ground personal knowledge of issues regarding specific forests and ecosystem responses to natural disturbances, as well as participation in John Muir Project and/or Earth Island Institute staff gatherings. Full job description, including qualifications and responsibilities, can be found here.

John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with other non-profits and full benefits which include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 11 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave. A salary between $60-70k has been allocated for this position.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: with DC Position in the subject line. Please include any references which highlight your qualifications for this position as well as salary history. No phone calls or hard copies please. Job will be open until filled.

Program Associate

Earth Island Institute’s Project Support Program provides fiscal sponsorship, resources, training, technical assistance, and peer relationships to more than 70 environmental projects. Our goals are to strengthen the capacity of each project to effectively address environmental issues, create synergy between activists working on similar topics, and allow project directors to focus their energy on their campaigns and programs.

This position is part of the Earth Island team serving as liaison, administrative coordinator, and coach to Earth Island Institute sponsored projects under the supervision of the Director of Project Support.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Project Liaison – This position will be the primary point of contact for a caseload of projects and will work in conjunction with administration, finance, and human resources staff to coordinate services and training of project directors and staff.
  • Administrative Coordinator – This position will coordinate processing, tracking, and reporting for a wide variety of administrative tasks including private foundation and government grants and contracts.
  • Coaching & Training – This position will be part of a team of experts providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to project leadership.
  • Communication & Outreach – This position will help to manage communication & outreach to projects.
  • New Project Selection & Orientation
  • Special projects and other administrative duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate, through training and experience, strong customer service, administrative skills, and a willingness to accept and take on new challenges. Familiarity with nonprofit regulations and grant management is required. Knowledge of nonprofit lobbying regulations are preferred. Qualified applicants must be self-directed, well organized, and focused yet flexible when faced with constantly changing priorities. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree, four or more years of nonprofit experience, and a basic knowledge of accounting principles. The ideal candidates will demonstrate attention to detail, initiative, flexibility, and an ability to juggle multiple priorities successfully. Candidates must be computer literate and have comprehensive working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, Gmail, and Google Docs. Database or web experience is a plus.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 11 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave. The position is located in the David Brower Center, 1 block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

This position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 24 or until the position is filled.

To apply

Please send your resume along with a cover letter expressing your interest in Earth Island and how your qualifications align with the responsibilities of this position to with Program Associate in the subject line.

Earth Island Institute is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

Spring-Summer Intern – Earth Island Journal

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

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 February 10.

Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) Coordinator, Rooted in Resilience

The Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) seeks a full time Coordinator. The RCI is a coalition of eleven Bay Area social justice organizations ensuring that populations most impacted by climate change are in leadership positions creating resilience policy and programs. The Coordinator will be based out of Rooted in Resilience, located in Oakland, California, which is project of Earth Island Institute (formerly known as Bay Localize). The Coordinator is a full-time exempt employee of Earth Island Institute. Read the full job description.

Food Shift is hiring a Chef & Kitchen Supervisor

Food Shift is looking for a part-time Chef & Kitchen Supervisor for our newly launched Alameda Kitchen program! We’re excited to find someone with experience and passion for building community through cooking and education. Food Shift’s Alameda Kitchen is located at the Alameda Point Collaborative where through its unique social enterprise model it is reducing waste in our food system, nourishing the community, and providing jobs and training for people with barriers to employment. The Chef will play a critical role in helping to nurture and teach the program’s on-the-job trainees while also supporting Food Shift’s larger vision of building a self-sustaining social enterprise.

The role is a part-time production chef / Kitchen Supervisor
Time: 25hrs a week. Kitchen hours are currently 10-12 on Monday and Tuesday and 10-3 on Wed-Friday.
Salary: $25k

Key duties
  • Ensure the smooth running and professionalism of the Alameda Kitchen.
  • Adapt weekly menu to take advantage of food donations and ensure no food is wasted.
  • Supervise, educate and engage on-the-job trainees.
  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Operations to provide insights and recommendations for the growth and development of the Alameda Kitchen.
Key qualifications
  • A commitment to Food Shift’s mission and social enterprise goals.
  • At least 3 years of professional cooking or product development experience.
  • At least 3 years of experience directly managing other staff and/or teams.
  • Prefer candidates who have experience working with individuals who have faced homelessness, addiction, domestic abuse, poverty, and other past trauma.

For more information visit our website.

Internships with All One Ocean

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.

Opportunities with Earth Island projects

Below is a listing of jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities at our various projects. You may also visit our Project Directory to find a project that fits with your interests.