The Surfrider Foundation (SFHQ) is an international nonprofit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. 

The Los Angeles Chapter (SFLA) is seeking a highly motivated person for the position of Chapter Coordinator. We are looking to recruit a team member to work in a high volume, deadline dependent environment. Our primary goal for this position is to lead and support the chapter Executive Committee (EC) and activists in effectively fulfilling Surfrider’s mission by expanding partnerships and membership for the chapter while increasing environmental victories and the presence of Surfrider in our community. Our ideal candidate is a natural leader with a passion for ocean conservation and a commitment to social and environmental justice.

Schedule: Full time (40 hours/week).



  • Support and develop chapter campaigns and programs alongside EC and program/campaign leads, particularly related to beach access equity (One Watershed program), coastal preservation (First Point Malibu, Rindge Dam campaigns), plastic pollution initiatives (Reusable LA and Ocean Friendly Restaurants program), clean water (Blue Water Task Force program), and environmental justice (No Drilling Where We’re Living - Fossil Free LA campaign).
  • Represent SFLA in our coalition work with groups such as STAND-LA, Plastic-Free LA, and Reusable LA 
  • Represent SFLA in building relationships with local environmental justice organizations
  • Keep the EC and program and committee leads apprised of local, regional and statewide coastal issues.
  • Attend select local City Council and LA County BOS meetings / hearings, representing SFLA and delivering testimony when necessary.
  • Prepare and distribute summary reports to appropriate committee members and SFHQ as necessary.
  • Work with Chapter Chair to develop, execute and submit comment letters to public agencies and officials when necessary.. 
  • Serve as media liaison by supporting Chapter Chair in conducting interviews as well as conducting media outreach when appropriate.


  • Manage Chapter administrative infrastructure, including fielding and directing phone calls and emails to appropriate EC members and committee leads.
  • Work with Social Media & Communications Committee to maintain and expand communication with Chapter members via email, social media, newsletter, website (Wordpress) blogs, etc.
  • Work with EC to plan and manage SFLA Chapter meetings, committee meetings, community events and campaign activations with coalition partners.
  • Work with EC to create opportunities for intersectional engagement with our environmental justice partners.
  • Work with EC to ensure the Chapter is in compliance with the by-laws, policies and procedures set by SFHQ.


  • Logistically plan and execute SFLA signature events (International Surfing Day, Volunteer Appreciation, Core Volunteer trainings, Chapter meetings, etc.)
  • Provide logistical support (i.e. transporting tabling materials from storage) for Core Volunteer trainings, beach cleanups, and other outreach events as needed.
  • Cultivate and manage corporate sponsored beach cleanups with the support of SFLA volunteers 
  • Work with EC and Fundraising & Events Committee in identifying new sources of Chapter revenue via corporate sponsorships, grants and special events.
  • Work with EC to identify, create and strengthen strategic partnerships with key local businesses and organizations.


  • Support EC in the development and implementation of SFLA 2-year strategic plan (2020-2021)
  • Provide support for the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, manage and oversee volunteers.
  • Work with EC to develop outreach plan to recruit and engage new members.
  • Help Volunteer Coordinator identify and cultivate key activists for leadership development.
  • Work with EC and Regional Manager to promote SFHQ Sponsored Membership Drives (International Surfing Day, Holiday, etc.) 


  • Advocacy experience
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of ocean and environmental justice issues, particularly those local to the SFLA Chapter area and Southern CA at large
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse partners to increase the outreach of the Surfrider Foundation
  • Self motivated
  • Strong public speaker
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including excellent writing skills
  • Budget management experience
  • Nonprofit coordination experience
  • Administrative experience (Mailchimp, Wordpress experience helpful)
  • Event coordination and management experience
  • Ability to travel around LA County on a semi-regular basis
  • Social media experience a plus
  • Volunteer coordination experience a plus
  • Four-year college degree a plus
  • Flexible schedule; available for some weeknight meetings and some weekend events
  • Must reside within the Los Angeles area


This is a full-time, non-exempt position based in the Los Angeles area. Candidate will work remotely from home, from the Surfrider office in Santa Monica and throughout the LA area for events, meetings, etc. as needed. 

REPORTS TO: Southern California Regional Manager


  • Salary range begins at $49K plus benefits:
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage monthly premiums compensated 100% by Surfrider Foundation
  • Long-Term Disability insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • 401(k) plan with partial employer matching
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick time


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

Application Deadline: April 26, 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. 

You can learn more about our commitments to Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion here: