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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 Surfrider Foundation is seeking a dynamic and passionate Communications Coordinator to join our team. The Communications Coordinator will play a key role in advancing our mission of coastal protection and environmental advocacy through effective communication strategies. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative environment and make a tangible impact on the preservation of our oceans and coastlines. The work is mission-driven and requires creative, strategic, and critical decision-making. If you are passionate about environmental conservation, skilled in communication, and eager to make a difference, we invite you to join the Surfrider Foundation team.


  • Copy Editing and Proofreading: Editing assigned projects to ensure not only proper grammar and spelling but also to maintain a consistent brand voice across our communication channels, both internal and external. A strong eye for detail is essential.
  • Content Creation: Develop engaging and informative content for various communication channels including social media, email, website, newsletters, and press releases.
  • Project Management: Act as lead project manager for major collateral initiatives including Surfrider’s bi-annual publication The Drop and our bi-weekly digital newsletter Making Waves, as well as certain aspects of Surfrider’s website ecosystem.
  • Media Relations: Cultivate relationships with endemic media outlets, pitch stories, and coordinate interviews to generate positive coverage of Surfrider Foundation's initiatives and campaigns. Act as primary liaison between Surfrider and external public relations firms we may work with.
  • Media Monitoring and Analysis: Monitor earned media, track metrics, and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of communication strategies and make data-driven recommendations for improvement.


  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, or a related field is preferred but not required.
  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience working within a marketing, communications, or editorial position. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to craft compelling narratives and messages.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite. Ability to adapt and learn email marketing platforms and content management systems as needed.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues, especially related to oceans and coastlines, is desirable. Actual hands-on experience with Surfrider at the local, chapter level is a major plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and collaborate across departments and stakeholders.
  • We prefer that hybrid/remote candidates reside within a commutable distance to Surfrider Foundation Headquarters, located in San Clemente, CA. 
  • The ideal hybrid/remote schedule for this position would work a minimum of 1 day/week in-office and the remaining 4 days/week from a home office, with the exception of minimal, pre-scheduled special events and meetings (less than 10% of annual work time). However, we are also open to reviewing candidates who do not reside within a commutable distance, who will work on a primarily remote basis. If primarily remote, please note that minimal travel will be required for pre-scheduled annual events and meetings (less than 10% of annual work time). 
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.

REPORTS TO: Senior Communications Manager


Please send a cover letter (including your salary requirements) and resume to: 
Deadline for receiving resumes: applicants are currently under review, not accepting additional applications at this time. 
Phone inquiries and walk-ins will not be accepted - thank you for understanding. 


Salary Range Transparency:
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Salary Range:
$40,875 Minimum - $70,000 Maximum

How Does the Surfrider Foundation Establish Salary Ranges?

The Surfrider Foundation researches, evaluates, and compares like-sized non-profit organizations to establish ranges for each position level to ensure that employees are justly compensated. The intent is to compensate employees well within a median pay range philosophy. What does a “median pay range philosophy” mean? It means that if the range for a position is $50,000- $70,000 the median pay for that position would be $60,000. The established range takes multiple factors into account; experience, educational background, scope and complexity of work, special skills, added value to the organization, geographic cost-of-living, inflation/current market demand, equity, and more. The Surfrider Foundation prides itself on a high rate of retention, with 32% of staff having been employed with the organization for 10+ years. Please keep in mind that the maximum end of our ranges also account for longevity and tenure within the role.  


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 Foundation provides full-time employees with a generous number of paid holidays (18 days/year), vacation time (10 days/year +) and sick time (12 days/year). 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.


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.

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