Northern California Campaign Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




Minimum: $45,000



Application Deadline



Northern California
United States



The Surfrider Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Surfrider Foundation is seeking a highly motivated person for the position of Northern California Campaign Coordinator. The goals for this position are to protect California’s coast from the threat of offshore oil and gas development; defend marine protected areas (MPAs); and support a grassroots constituency of coastal advocates. This individual must have a background in direct action organizing and community outreach. The position will cover the coastal region between San Luis Obispo and the Oregon border, and will work in a coordinated effort with Environmental and Chapter department staff and Surfrider’s volunteer network. This position emphasizes the skill sets of an experienced community organizer.


  • Coordinate grassroots advocacy to stop new offshore drilling and defend marine protected areas (MPAs) off the California coast.
  • Conduct public outreach on the threat of offshore drilling and value of MPAs to coastal communities.
  • Build relationships and collaborate with community leaders, elected officials, NGO partners, tribal representatives, and other key leaders.
  • Recruit members to the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast (BAPPC).
  • Collaborate with the Surfrider chapters, staff, and partners on coastal advocacy campaigns and engage volunteers.
  • Represent Surfrider Foundation at administrative hearings and public events.
  • Contribute to newsletter articles, web content development, social media outreach and grant reporting.
  • Train volunteers in direct action organizing techniques including, but not limited to: campaign planning, recruitment, retention, strategy, tactics and program implementation.
  • Assist the Northern California chapter network in developing, implementing, and strengthening chapter programs.
  • Provide written updates on the campaign to Surfrider’s communications team for distribution to our membership, public and California chapter network.


  • Experience in direct action grassroots organizing, community outreach and coalition building amongst diverse stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of state, regional and national coastal & ocean environmental issues and management.
  • Demonstrated skills in facilitation, social media, blogging, and volunteer training.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing with elected officials, agency staff, industry representatives and ocean stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively work and communicate with volunteer chapter leaders.
  • Experience in speaking publicly in front of a large number of people in a variety of situations.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively between San Luis Obispo and Mendocino counties with occasional travel further north (travel budget is provided).
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (including weekends and evenings).
  • Ability to work effectively from a home office.
  • Ability to work independently.

Desired Education and Experience:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience is required.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus


Salary & Benefits:

This is a full-time position based in Northern California medical, dental and vision coverage, long-term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), 401(k) plan with partial employer matching, paid vacation and sick time. The Surfrider Foundation offers a salary that is competitive with other national, not-for-profit conservation organizations for this position. Opportunities for advancement are available.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply:

Please visit for specific email address submission instructions.

Send to the attention of: Pete Stauffer, Environmental Director

Please use subject line “Northern California Campaign Coordinator” and title resume and cover letter documents using this convention: lastname_resume.doc & lastname_cover.doc

Deadline for receiving resumes is July 20th, 2018

Phone inquiries will not be accepted – thank you for understanding

The Surfrider Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.