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.

The Surfrider Foundation seeks to hire an individual to advance conservation, protection and enjoyment of California’s coastal and ocean ecosystem by strategically engaging its members, chapters, and other recreational users in policy initiatives, grassroots campaigns, and community based projects. This position will work in a coordinated effort with the California Coastal Policy Coordinator, California Regional Managers, and Surfrider’s California chapter network.


  • Devise and implement advocacy and organizing strategies to advance Surfrider Foundation’s mission in California.
  • Work in partnership with the Coastal Policy Coordinator and Regional Managers to engage Surfrider chapters in campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Further Surfrider’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion commitment internally and with external partners.
  • Collaborate with coalition partners, state agencies, and advisory bodies to support ocean and coastal policy initiatives and legislation. 
  • Advance policy campaigns by building coalitions, testifying in hearings, and activating our grassroots network.
  • Support successful implementation of the California Coastal Act through ongoing engagement in the California Coastal Commission and other policy venues.
  • Support California marine protected areas (MPAs) though community-based outreach and advocacy, and state agency and legislative engagement;
  • Develop communications and campaign materials for California chapter network via Surfrider websites, email newsletters, social media, white papers, one pagers, and podcasts.
  • Engage in outreach and consensus building with ocean stakeholders including non-consumptive users, commercial and recreational fishermen, business leaders, Tribal Nations and conservationists.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the funding community and develop fundraising proposals, complete grant reports and identify new revenue opportunities in collaboration with other Surfrider staff.
  • Represent Surfrider Foundation on regional advisory boards and state coalitions.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in environmental policy and/or advocacy.
  • In-depth knowledge of coastal and ocean management issues.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process and the issues affecting coastal communities. 
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple, complex tasks and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities.
  • Professional experience communicating, both orally and in writing, with agency staff, elected officials, industry representatives, and stakeholders.
  • Experience communicating with news media in all forms.
  • Proven success in project management including coordinating teams of diverse individuals.
  • Experience in grant management, reporting and communication with foundation program officers.
  • Must reside within the state of California; candidate works primarily from in-home office.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (including weekends and evenings).
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout California.


This is a full-time position. The California Policy Manager position will be compensated with a competitive salary commensurate with candidate’s experience level, starting at $50,000+.

The Surfrider Foundation offers a salary that is competitive with other national, not-for-profit conservation organizations.

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


Deadline for receiving resumes: July 30th, 2021


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: