Plastic Pollution Coordinator


The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 500,000 supporters, 84 chapters and 130+ youth clubs nationwide.


The Plastic Pollution Coordinator will support the Surfrider Foundation’s mission to reduce plastic pollution at its source and eliminate the impacts of plastic on the marine environment through outreach and coordination with our Chapter network, supporting businesses and the public.

Coordinator duties will include:

  • Assist in the management of Surfrider Foundation Plastic Pollution initiative, with a focus on program support for our Ocean Friendly Restaurants and Beach Cleanup programs in furtherance of plastic pollution initiative goals.
  • Assist in the management of the Beach Cleanup program and the Better Beach Alliance, including tracking of the Surfrider Chapter and Youth Club network beach clean ups; ensuring full deployment and utilization of the beach cleanup data tool; communicating with chapters, NGO partners and corporate partners to develop the most effective program to reduce plastic pollution on beaches and waterways.
  • Assist in the management of the Ocean Friendly Restaurants (“OFR”) program, including tracking of and communication with participating restaurants; implementation of consistent guidelines and policies throughout the network; assistance in the expansion of the scale of program and number of participating restaurants, supporting the chapter network to engage restaurants in their communities; assisting in calculating the impacts the OFR program in reducing plastic pollution and building public awareness; building revenue and partnership engagement opportunities.
  • Apply OFR and Beach Cleanup (“BCU”) programs to reduce top forms of litter and inform advocacy for expanded polystyrene foam, cigarette butts, plastic straws, plastic bottles and other top forms of litter.
  • Represent the Surfrider Foundation within plastic pollution coalitions and movements, where appropriate; effectively collaborate with local business councils, state agencies and other coalitions to improve Surfrider OFR and BCU programs and overall plastic pollution goals.
  • Assist in the development of resource support materials for our chapter and club networks.

Reports to: The Plastic Pollution Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Plastic Pollution Manager to help advise and guide OFR and BCU programs.


  • Knowledge of plastic pollution issues, including beach cleanup efforts, current outreach and advocacy trends;
  • Aptitude for working with others, including the public, various experts, coalitions and grassroots advocates;
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with the public, chapter members, business owners, and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to engage and communicate with stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and experiences;
  • Ability to be highly organized with strong follow through;
  • Experience in project management including coordinating teams of diverse individuals.
  • Experience in tracking, reporting and communicating project results to diverse audiences.


  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree with preference for educational experience in environmental or marine science, higher level math, statistics or accounting and/or related field;
  • Familiarity with Surfrider Foundation’s network, the Beach Cleanup program and/or Ocean Friendly Restaurants program;
  • Experience working in citizen organizing, public outreach, environmental science, policy and/or advocacy;
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple, complex tasks and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities;
  • Training and experience in grassroots organizing, community outreach, business development and coalition building;
  • Willingness and ability to travel; and
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (potentially including some weekends and evenings).


The Plastic Pollution Coordinator is a full-time position based in San Clemente, California and offers a salary that is competitive with the candidate’s level of experience. 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 provides paid holidays, vacation and sick time.


Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and references (optional) and any other supporting information to: with subject Plastic Pollution Coordinator Position. Visit for more information.  Deadline for receiving resumes is August 15, 2019. Earlier submissions are encouraged.  Phone inquiries or walk-ins will not be accepted, thank you for understanding.

Surfrider Foundation highly values diversity, equity and inclusion.  We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class under law.