Surfrider Foundation - San Diego County Beach Cleanup Coordinator

The Surfrider Foundation

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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 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 Beach Cleanup Coordinator position involves overseeing, managing and coordinating all cleanup activities for the Beach Cleanup program. Coordinators are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, goals and objectives of the program; effectively communicating with volunteers, staff, external stakeholders and diverse partners and ensuring the program’s overall success. They must be well-organized, have a strong ability to balance multiple projects and must possess excellent communication and leadership skills. This is a full-time, 40 hours/week position.


  • Support, manage, and expand the chapter’s corporate and public beach cleanup programs. This includes permitting and supply management, scheduling, coordinating and hosting sponsored cleanups, and supporting public cleanup site volunteer leads.
  • Support partnerships with community groups to expand the scope of the beach cleanup program to serve more communities up the watershed
  • Respond directly to inquiries from corporations looking to partner and/or participate in a company beach cleanup. Manage corporate contributions to the chapter that come through corporate cleanups, and consult with Surfrider Foundation corporate partnerships team for guidance and coordination.
  • Solicit the chapter’s sponsored public and private beach cleanup programs to local businesses and corporations
  • Ensure all cleanups are approved and insured by Surfrider Foundation Headquarters via the established Event Approval Process. Ensure city and/or state park permit applications are completed when necessary.
  • Create Beach Cleanup opportunities in the Golden Volunteer Management platform and promote accordingly
  • Supervise all beach cleanup data entry and ensure all data is reported to Surfrider’s National Beach Cleanup Database individually and through service learning programs and other volunteers.
  • Maintain beach cleanup supplies. Assist with the organization of merchandise, outreach materials, and supplies in storage units
  • Work with Chapter Manager and volunteer leads to leverage the chapter’s volunteer network to assist with larger community beach cleanup requests.
  • Work with chapter program leads and chapter manager to utilize beach cleanup audience attention to communicate and present additional volunteer opportunities and program work
  • Communicate with stakeholders, vendors, and Executive Committee members to ensure smooth execution of projects and events.
  • Maintain regular communications with Surfrider Foundation members and volunteers via the Golden platform, website, email, social media, events calendar and other channels (as pertaining to the beach cleanup program).
  • Follow up with participants post-cleanup thanking them for their service and provide opportunities for further engagement.
  • Create an annual Beach Cleanup Report that summarizes the year in review and analyze beach cleanup data to support advocacy campaigns and public policy work.
  • Coordinate and manage partnership support with other organizations for major cleanup days including but not limited to Coastal Cleanup Day, Morning After Mess, and Creek to Bay
  • Cultivate and maintain volunteers to support the public beach cleanup program

Reports to: Chapter Manager


  • Basic knowledge of coastal/marine environmental issues
  • Ability to load, unload and carry beach cleanup supplies (up to 50 lbs.) for extended distances of up to 200 yards on sand, and up and down stairs
  • Administrative experience, especially managing data on spreadsheets
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Public speaking skills
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to work in a high volume, deadline dependent environment
  • Flexible schedule; available during weekday business hours, weekends and an occasional weekday evening for chapter meetings
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse partners, communities and volunteers
  • Strong social skills
  • Must have own vehicle to transport supplies and maintain a clean driving record (we reimburse for mileage at the federal rate)
  • Basic knowledge utilizing social media platforms
  • Nonprofit and volunteer coordination experience
  • Strong writing skills
  • Project management skills


Salary Range Transparency:

Category Level: Coordinator (Chapter-Level Regional Support)

Salary Range: $48,000 Minimum - $60,000 Maximum

How Does the Surfrider Foundation Establish Salary Ranges? The Surfrider Foundation researches, evaluates, and compares like-sized non-profit organizations to establish ranges for each position level to ensure that employees are justly compensated. The intent is to compensate employees well within a median pay range philosophy.What does a “median pay range philosophy” mean? It means that if the range for a position is $50,000- $70,000 the median pay for that position would be $60,000. The established range takes multiple factors into account; experience, educational background, scope and complexity of work, special skills, added value to the organization, geographic cost-of-living, inflation/current market demand, equity, and more. The Surfrider Foundation prides itself on a high rate of retention, with 32% of staff having been employed with the organization for 10+ years. Please keep in mind that the maximum end of our ranges also account for longevity and tenure within the role.

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.


*IMPORTANT* Applications received through Indeed will not be reviewed. Please follow the application instructions at the link below:

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


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 opportunities 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:

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $48,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Work Location: Hybrid remote in San Diego, CA 92103

  • Health insurance

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