California Water Protection Paid Internships 


Save California Salmon (SCS) is accepting applications for Water Protection Interns. This is a paid internship for 10-25 hours a week with the potential to grow into a permanent position at the completion of approved projects. 

SCS 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. SCS works 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.  


Priority will go to students who propose projects that involve helping and working with tribes, education institutions, youth, tribal and other 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 may also be considered. 

Projects that focus on community organizing, youth organizing, media projects, environmental law, curriculum development, online organizing and outreach, and science will be prioritized. Projects that help Save California Salmon, and the rural communities and educational institutions that we work to serve, adjust to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines or that help us further our educational or environmental goals will also be prioritized.  


The ideal candidate will have experience working with tribes, underrepresented people, and/or youth. Organizing campaigns and/or education initiatives is a plus. Experience working with rural communities, unions, youth, government agencies, and on corporate campaigns is also a plus, as is science and/or policy experience. 


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


Possible projects include:

  • Working to create water protection high school curriculum with SCS staff; 

  • Creating online learning or organizing opportunities for underserved communities; 

  • Creating, and executing, a media or online organizing plan;

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

  • Creating media projects around the importance of clean water and salmon; 

  • Creating watershed restoration or policy plans or proposals;

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

  • Supporting or creating community led, or corporate campaigns; 

  • Convincing scientists or policy experts to work on a subject or paper that is important to California Water issues; 

  • Supporting existing efforts or campaigns through important research or fundraising efforts. 


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


We are also willing to work with Tribal TANF, fisheries or other departments and/or education institutions to make these internships full-time projects. Applications that coincide with or can be made into long term college or high school projects are encouraged. Applicants who are under 18 will only be considered if they have a valid work permit. 


Possible Qualifications 

(Not all of these qualifications are needed, just the ones that will support your project) 

  • 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;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft programs and computers;

  • Writing skills;

  • Experience with presenting and advocating on traditional and social media;

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

  • Experience with event organizing (online and physical) and public speaking;

  • Experience working with Tribes or Tribal organizations and people;

  • Web, video editing and or graphic design skills;

  • Ability to write and execute grants and work plans;

  • 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.


 Location and Compensation :

This is a work from home position. Pay is based on experience. This is a project-based position. We are able to work with the organizer on hours and commitment level. Candidates must be willing to take input direction from the SCS director and advisory board, which is made up of native people, fishermen, scientists and other lifelong water advocates.


All final work products and official positions must be approved through the project supervisors. Any racist, sexist, violent or culturally offensive actions or speech will be grounds for immediate dismissal. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to be fair and professional.

 Tribal preference will apply.  


To Apply:

Applications can be emailed to by May 28, 2020. 


To apply, please turn in a one page cover letter, resume, summary of proposed project and work plan (four pages maximum), and a writing sample. Qualified applicants that do not have a project to propose, but do have a skill set that would allow them to help with current projects may also be considered. If you are not proposing a project please send a document that explains your qualifications, interests, and possible focus areas, that is no longer than four pages long. Please feel free to email with any questions.


Save California Salmon (SCS) is dedicated to policy change and community advocacy for Northern California’s salmon and fish dependent people. The goal of the organization is to support the fisheries and water protection work of the local communities, and to advocate to effective policy change for clean water, fisheries and communities. SCS also supports youth and cultural action that overlap with watershed action.


Phone: 541-951-0126


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