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 seeks to hire an individual to advance conservation of Washington State coastal and marine ecosystems by strategically engaging ocean and coastal recreational users in policy initiatives, ocean planning, and community based management forums. This position will coordinate with Surfriderʼs Washington Regional Manager and Washington Surfrider Chapters and will report to the West Coast Regional Director.                     


  • Devise and implement advocacy and organizing strategies to advance Surfrider Foundationʼs mission in Washington State.
  • Work in partnership with Washington Regional Manager to engage Surfrider chapters in ocean and coastal campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Work in partnership with Washington Regional Manager to advance community based management initiatives on Washingtonʼs outer coast.
  • Work in collaboration with marine advisory bodies, NGO partners, state agencies, tribal co-managers, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Northwest Straits Initiative, and others in supporting coastal and ocean planning and policy initiatives.
  • Advance state policy campaigns by building coalitions, testifying in hearings, tapping our grassroots network and supporting ocean legislative champions.
  • Develop communications and campaign materials for WA state chapter network, including blog posts, newsletters, and 1 pagers. Help raise awareness of ocean and coastal conservation issues through media outreach.
  • Engage in outreach and consensus building with ocean stakeholders including: non-consumptive users, commercial and recreational fishermen, conservationists, etc.
  • Work closely with the Washington Regional Manager to develop volunteer opportunities, increase organizational membership and support grassroots participation in ocean policy initiatives and conservation campaigns. 
  • Support Washington Regional Manager in developing and implementing chapter programs including Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Blue Water Task Force, and Beach Cleanups.
  • In partnership with Washington Regional Manager, initiate annual strategic planning and work plan development that aligns with Surfrider Foundation organizational strategic plan. 
  • Maintain positive relationships with the funding community and work with Surfrider Foundation staff to complete grant reports and proposals.
  • Represent Surfrider Foundation and ocean recreational constituency on regional advisory boards and state coalitions, including the Washington Environmental Priorities Coalition and the Puget Sound Environmental Caucus.

Reports to: West Coast Regional Director

  • Knowledge of state, regional and national environmental management and policies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with elected officials, agency staff, industry representatives, and ocean stakeholders.
  • Experience speaking publicly in front of a large number of people in diverse situations.
  • Experience in grassroots organizing, community outreach, and coalition building.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Western Washington.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (including some weekends and evenings).
  • Ability to work effectively from a home office.                    


  • Graduate degree in environmental management, ocean policy, and/or marine science is preferred. 
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in an environmental policy role and/or advocacy.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process and the issues affecting coastal communities and ocean ecosystems. 
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple, complex tasks and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities.
  • Professional experience communicating, both orally and in writing, with agency staff, elected officials, industry representatives, and stakeholders.
  • Professional training and experience in grassroots organizing, community outreach, policy development and coalition building.
  • Proven success in project management including coordinating teams of diverse individuals. 
  • Experience in grant management, reporting and communication with foundation program officers.             


The Surfrider Foundation offers a salary that is competitive with other national, not-for-profit conservation organizations. The salary range for this position starts at $65,000+.

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


Deadline for receiving resumes: Accepting submissions until position is filled.

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 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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