Local recruitment: Southern California Regional Manager

Surfrider Foundation

San Clemente, CA, USA 🇺🇸



The Surfrider Foundation is the world’s largest grassroots coastal conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. We have achieved many important victories by persuading state, federal, and local decision makers to protect vital coastal and ocean resources. These accomplishments demonstrate the important role of recreational users in advancing coastal and ocean stewardship. Since 1984, Surfrider’s appeal is not only our strong reputation and track record of success, but also the lifestyle and values we embody. 

By joining the Surfrider Foundation, you will be welcomed into an open and inclusive network of incredibly supportive and collaborative people who work hard and play hard. You will have the opportunity to work with dedicated people who are also passionate coastal users with their feet in the sand and toes in the water. You help bring together diverse voices and perspectives to provide our community with the leadership and tools necessary to make a difference at their beach and in coastal communities across the United States. At Surfrider, we build leaders and we are problem solvers; our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. Coastal recreation is fun and working at Surfrider is too.


The objective for this position is to increase the organizational capacity of our San Diego County, South Orange County, North Orange County , Long Beach, South Bay and Los Angeles Chapters through direct action organizing training, strategic outreach and engagement on environmental campaigns, programs, and policy leading to an increase in capacity, activists, membership, and victories.  


  • Coordinate the local and statewide campaign and program efforts of chapters within the region.
  • Facilitate and train chapter volunteers in direct action organizing techniques including, but not limited to; campaign planning, recruitment, retention, strategy, tactics and program implementation.
  • Assist the chapter network in developing, implementing, and strengthening chapter programs including Ocean Friendly Gardens, Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Blue Water Task Force, Rise Above Plastics and student network outreach.
  • In collaboration with California Policy Manager, identify and coordinate statewide policy issues and campaigns that advance our mission and priority campaign efforts. Engage and coordinate statewide policy issues with the chapter network.
  • Represent Surfrider Foundation at local, regional and state administrative hearings and public events when necessary.
  • In conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation development staff, develop and maintain positive relations with the regional funding community and timely reporting on grant deliverables and grant proposal development.
  • Assist in growing regional membership.
  • Administrative Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; writing newsletter articles, supporting web content development, social media outreach, grant reporting and maintaining Salesforce Chapter contact information. 
  • Facilitate chapter governance and oversight, including but not limited to: chapter annual planning and reporting, executive and leadership training and cultivation and develop “chapter resources.”
  • Maintain the campaign and Coastal Victory sections of the www.surfrider.org website for Southern CA chapters.
  • Supervising and managing the daily functions and oversight of the LA Chapter Manager and San Diego County Chapter Manager and offering indirect oversight  to the LA and San Diego Beach Cleanup Coordinators who report to said managers. 

Reports to: Sr. Manager California Region


  • 2+ years experience in direct action grassroots organizing, community outreach and coalition building
  • 3+ years managing direct reports (volunteers and/or employees)
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and inclusiveness
  • Experience managing multiple projects, meeting deadlines and achieving project objectives
  • Experience volunteering and/or working with volunteers
  • Familiarity with state, regional and national coastal & ocean environmental issues
  • Understanding of decision-making processes at various levels of government and governmental agencies
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills with adeptness at creating inclusive spaces and centering the voices of people with marginalized identities
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with elected officials, agency staff, industry representatives and coastal stakeholders
  • Experience in speaking publicly in front of a large number of people in diverse situations
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to use tech tools, platforms, and apps such as Salesforce, Hubspot, Golden, Google Drive and Basecamp
  • Candidates must reside within Southern California, or be willing to relocate. 
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout the region
  • Ability to work flexible hours (including some weekends and evenings), as needed, within the full-time weekly schedule
  • Ability to work effectively from a home office
  • Ability to work in a remote team setting


The Surfrider Foundation offers a salary that is competitive with other national, not-for-profit conservation organizations. The salary range for this position starts at $60,000. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage monthly premiums compensated 100% by Surfrider Foundation, Long-Term Disability insurance, Employee Assistance program (EAP), Section 125 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), 401(k) plan with partial employer matching. Surfrider also provides paid holidays, vacation and sick time.


Please send cover letter (including your salary requirements) and resume to: 

Email: careers@surfrider.org

Deadline for receiving resumes: Accepting submissions until the position is filled. 

Phone inquiries and walk-ins will not be accepted – thank you for understanding. 


The Surfrider Foundation is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization for all people who protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Our success and impact depend on learning from our community, standing in solidarity with our allies and working towards a more just future, both for our organization and the environmental movement as a whole.

The Surfrider Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace that is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. Together we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class.

To learn more about our Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion commitments, please visit: https://www.surfrider.org/pages/diversity-equity-inclusion      




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development