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 Ocean Friendly Programs Manager will be responsible for managing and growing Surfrider’s Plastic Pollution Initiative’s Ocean Friendly Programs. Surfrider is seeking a motivated and experienced candidate with deep knowledge of plastic pollution and its interface with various industries and business sectors. The position will directly support Surfrider Foundation’s goal to eliminate all single-use plastic consumer products in the U.S., preventing land-based plastic waste from entering the ocean. The Ocean Friendly Programs Manager will work with the Senior Manager of the Plastic Pollution Initiative, Healthy Beaches Programs Manager, Plastic Pollution Policy Manager, our Chapter network, partnerships department, supporting businesses, and the public, to strengthen the program in conjunction with policy, partnership, and marketing campaigns. 

Reports to: Plastic Pollution Initiative Sr. Manager


  • Manage the Plastic Pollution Initiative’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) program.
  • Manage and expand Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Programs to include more opportunities (businesses, offices, events, sports teams, etc.,) as relevant to our mission and strategic plan.
  • Work with Surfrider Corporate Partnerships staff to help convert businesses into the program and advise on best practices/emerging science such as bioplastic products.
  • Maintain direct communication within the chapter (and club) network on program-related news and updates such as monthly announcement emails and newsletters. 
  • Effectively collaborate with local business councils, state agencies and coalitions to improve the program and overall plastic pollution goals.
  • Work with the Surfrider Foundation’s Communication and Marketing Department to engage and activate the general public.
  • Develop resource support materials for our chapter and club networks.
  • Maintain and improve the Ocean Friendly business database, including restaurants and other businesses.
  • Work with the Senior Manager on organizational strategy and priority setting.
  • Work with the Plastic Pollution Policy and Healthy Beaches Programs Managers to integrate programs with active policy campaigns and leverage programs to advance plastic pollution policies.
  • Represent the Surfrider Foundation within plastic pollution coalitions and movements, and effectively collaborate toward larger, meaningful goals.

Strengthen the Ocean Friendly Programs by:

  • Meeting goals as outlined in the Strategic Plan.
  • Working with OFRs to successfully establish a reuse economy for restaurant takeout.
  • Calculating, monitoring and evaluating the impacts of the programs in reducing plastic pollution, advancing policy and building public awareness.
  • Quantifying the programs’ effectiveness at enhancing revenue and partnership engagement opportunities.
  • Developing outreach campaigns to connect inland businesses to ocean stewardship


  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters Degree preferred) and/or 5+ years of experience working in environmental policy, ocean and coastal conservation, marine and/or materials science, environmental advocacy or other related field in a nonprofit setting.
  • Knowledge of  plastic pollution issues related to ocean advocacy, familiarity with Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant program.
  • Proven ability to effectively build and expand programs, to manage multiple, complex tasks, and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities.
  • Professional experience communicating, both orally and in writing, with business and industry representatives, elected officials, grassroots volunteers and stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead and aptitude for working with various experts, coalitions and grassroots advocates.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with business representatives, media and ocean stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to inspire the public and Surfrider chapter network in grassroots advocacy.
  • Experience with coalition building and participation within diverse coalitions.
  • Proven success in project management including coordinating teams of diverse individuals.
  • Experience in grant management, reporting and communication.
  • Ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Experience speaking publicly in front of a large number of people in diverse situations.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (including occasional weekends and evenings).


This is a full-time position which will be paid a competitive salary commensurate with candidate’s experience level and geographic cost of living, starting at $65K. 

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: 


Deadline for receiving resumes: August 19, 2022 

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: