Position: San Diego County Chapter Manager


The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation has achieved many important victories by persuading federal, state, and local governments to protect vital coastal and ocean resources. These accomplishments demonstrate the important role of community members and recreational users in advancing coastal and ocean stewardship.

The San Diego County Chapter is seeking a highly motivated person for the position of Chapter Manager.  We are looking to recruit a team member to work in a high volume, self-motivated, deadline dependent environment. The ideal candidate will seek longevity and grow with the position. This position will work in a coordinated effort with the Chapter Executive Committee, Committee Leads and Surfrider Foundation Headquarters staff.

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 have the opportunity to work with dedicated people, who are also passionate coastal users, that have their feet in the sand and toes in the water. You help bring together divergent 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.


  • Primary focus of this position is to support chapter activists with a focus on volunteer management, event planning, marketing, and communications.
  • Program Management support: Rise Above Plastics & Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Blue Water Task Force, etc.
  • General office administration including permit applications, answering telephones, emails and general inquiries, maintain supply room inventory. 
  • Maintain regular communications with Surfrider Foundation members and volunteers via the website, email, social media, events calendar and other channels
  • Manage volunteers, coordinate committees/programs, support and attend program meetings.
  • Oversee the ordering, and management of merchandise and outreach materials
  • Work with the Executive Committee to create and manage an annual budget; track chapter expenses/revenue, provide monthly budget updates to the Executive Committee and monthly budget reports to Surfrider Foundation Headquarters
  • Event planning; Plan and lead the Leadership Retreat, Chapter Meetings, International Surfing Day, Paddle for Clean Water, Annual Gala, and other annual events
  • Plan and run volunteer appreciation events
  • Coordinate chapter outreach efforts including staffing booths, prepping supplies for events, recruiting volunteers, giving presentations, and conducting media interviews
  • Assist Chapter with fundraising efforts and supplementary tasks
  • Process general donations and membership
  • Act as the primary volunteer coordinator by recruiting, engaging, managing and overseeing volunteers and interns; host bi-monthly core volunteer orientations, provide outreach for program volunteer needs
  • Facilitate regular communication between the Executive Committee and Surfrider Headquarters staff
  • Work with the Executive Committee to ensure the chapter is in compliance with the by-laws, policies and procedures, and event approval process set by Surfrider Foundation Headquarters
  • Support board and program leader development
  • Assist with marketing key chapter events
  • Manage the part-time Beach Cleanups Coordinator position, including supervision of corporate and public beach cleanups, permitting and supply management, and overall responsibility for the beach cleanups program in absence of a Beach Cleanups Coordinator

Reports to: Southern California Regional Manager        


  • Advocacy experience
  • Experience or commitment in fostering a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organization.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of ocean and environmental justice issues, particularly those local to the San Diego County 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 San Diego 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 San Diego area


This is a full-time position. The San Diego Chapter 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: January 19, 2022


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 JEDI commitments, please visit: