Local recruitment: Oregon Regional Manager

Surfrider Foundation

Oregon, USA 🇺🇸



The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation has 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.

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 Surfrider Foundation is recruiting a Oregon Regional Manager to build the organizational capacity of our Oregon chapters through community-based environmental campaigns and programs, leading to an increase in activists and membership. This individual must have a background in direct action organizing and grassroots outreach. The successful applicant will work in a coordinated effort with Oregon’s Policy Manager & Oregon chapter network.


  • Coordinate the local and statewide program efforts of chapters within the region.
  • Assist in growing statewide membership.
  • 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 Oregon chapter network in developing, implementing, and strengthening chapter programs such as Ocean Friendly Gardens, Blue Water Task Force, and Rise Above Plastics.
  • Represent Surfrider Foundation at local administrative hearings and public events when necessary.
  • In conjunction with the Surfrider staff develop and maintain positive relations with the regional funding community and timely reporting on grant deliverables and grant proposal development.
  • Coordinate with the Senior Director of Network Strategy and other PNW Surfrider staff to develop and facilitate statewide training conferences for the PNW chapter network.
  • Collaborate with the Oregon Policy Manager to promote statewide legislative campaigns and engage volunteers (throughout the chapter network) where appropriate.
  • Engage in outreach and consensus building with ocean stakeholders including: non-consumptive users, commercial and recreational fishermen, conservationists, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Oregon Policy Manager on relevant grant deliverables.
  • Communication Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; writing newsletter articles, supporting web content development, and social media outreach.
  • Administrative Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; lobbying activities reporting; financial reporting; and grant reporting.
  • 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.”

Reports To: West Coast Regional Director


  • At least three years of experience in volunteer management and community engagement
  • Experience in direct action grassroots organizing and coalition building.
  • Knowledge of state, regional and national coastal & ocean environmental issues and management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and inclusiveness
  • Meeting facilitation to ensure conversations are focused, work is moved forward, and relationships are built, both in person and virtually
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with elected officials, agency staff, industry representatives and ocean stakeholders.
  • Ability to craft and hold big-picture vision for the Oregon region as well as execute on the daily details to help bring it to life
  • Well-developed strategic thinking and prioritization skills and ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously and autonomously
  • Experience in speaking publicly in front of a large number of people in diverse situations.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Western Oregon.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (including weekends and evenings).
  • Ability to work effectively from a home office.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to use tech tools, platforms, and apps such as Salesforce, Hubspot, Golden, Google Drive and Basecamp.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Understanding of Oregon’s coastal land use system
  • Experience with media relations

A Note on Relevant Experience:

Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings.  Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence.  Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.


This is a full-time position. Candidates will reside in, or be willing to relocate to Western Oregon. The Oregon Regional Manager will be paid a competitive salary commensurate with candidate’s experience level and geographic cost of living, starting at $60K. 

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 offering a match of .50¢ of every dollar contributed by the employee up to a maximum of 4% of earnings (in other terms, a 2% employer match). Surfrider also provides paid holidays, vacation and sick time. We also provide 6 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with an employee in connection with adoption or foster care.


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

Email: careers@surfrider.org

Deadline: Receiving submissions until 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 depends 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