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California Water Protector Paid Internships



Save California Salmon is accepting applications for Water Protector Interns. This is a paid internship for 10-20 hours per week with the potential to grow into a permanent position at the completion of approved projects. Applications that coincide with, or that can be made into long term policy, college or high school projects, or are related to outdoor education are encouraged. 


Projects must fall within the following categories:


  • Youth Outdoor Activities

  • Youth Activism

  • Teaching & Education

  • Legal and Policy Work

  • Campaign and Community Organizing


Prioritization will go to applicants who propose projects that involve helping and working with Tribes, educational institutions, youth, Tribal and water activists on issues that impact California rivers, clean water and salmon on the state, local and federal level. Qualified applicants without a proposed project will also be considered. 


Some issues that Save California Salmon focuses on are: youth organizing and education, fisheries and flow restoration, rivers and ocean protection, fighting new reservoirs, pipelines and diversions, fighting chemical use and agriculture related pollution that impacts salmon and rivers, and supporting water protectors’ efforts. 


Save California Salmon is focused on the following watersheds: Eel River, Trinity River, Klamath River, Smith River, Sacramento River (and tributaries), Bay Delta (and tributaries), and California’s North Coast. Working with local Tribes and Tribal people, fishermen, clean water advocates, subsistence fishermen, scientists, and allies to advocate for protection of Tribal beneficial uses, Tribal water and fishing rights, and access to fish and clean water are also priorities for SCS. 


Experience working with Tribes, underrepresented people, and/or youth is a must and experience organizing campaigns and/or education initiatives is a plus. Additional experience working with rural communities, unions, youth, government agencies, and on corporate campaigns is also a plus, as is science and/or public policy experience. Some travel will be required.


Computer skills, writing and organization skills are a must. Intern candidates must be self-starters and be able to work from home.


Possible projects could include:

  • Further developing & implementing curriculum with SCS staff; 

  • Teaching/working with students in a classroom setting;

  • Creating learning, outdoor or organizing opportunities for underserved communities; 

  • Reviewing, and commenting on, NEPA and CEQA projects that impact fisheries;

  • Creating well researched white papers on subjects that impact California’s salmon and are currently part of California’s fisheries debate;

  • Supporting existing efforts or campaigns through campaign building, research or fundraising efforts. 


All projects must create shareable work products and aid the communities we work with, and our work. 


Helpful Qualifications: 

  • Experience, or an interest in working on policy, communications, water policy or Tribal water or youth issues. An ideal candidate would have experience in all these areas;

  • Experience working with youth and/or working in classrooms;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace;

  • Professional writing skills (press releases, articles, research papers, etc.);

  • Experience with the NEPA and CEQA processes and policy and working with, or in, related agencies;

  • Experience with event organizing (online and in-person) and public speaking;

  • Experience working with Tribes or Tribal organizations and people;

  • Experience organizing campaigns, trainings, and public events; 

  • Experience with Tribal and water rights law and a basic understanding of the Clean Water and Endangered Species Act;

  • A basic (or in depth) understanding of salmon and water quality related sciences;

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


This is a remote, project-based position, however applicants must reside in northern California. We are able to work with the organizer on hours and commitment levels. Internships with California universities will also be considered. Candidates must be willing to take input direction from the SCS Executive Director, other supervisory staff, and Board of Directors, which is made up of Native people, fishermen, scientists and other lifelong water advocates.


Project must be based in Northern California and projects that benefit the Sacramento, Klamath, Eel, Trinity and North and Mendocino coast watersheds and Bay Delta will be prioritized. Training for projects can be supported. 


Native preference applies. Compensation is $20-25/hr depending on experience. 


More information can be found at californiasalmon.org. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and proposal (proposals are not necessary) to info@californiasalmon.org no later than December 16, 2022.

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