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Aug 8, 2022

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The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation has 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.

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, 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.


The Surfrider Foundation seeks to hire an individual to support and coordinate its Ocean Friendly Gardens program in Southern California. Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) is Surfrider’s sustainable landscaping and education program that is used by our chapter network to provide solutions to urban runoff.  OFGs help restore resilient coastlines by conserving water, creating native habitat and sequestering carbon to help reduce the impacts of climate change.

This position will work under the Water Quality Initiative Senior Manager and support Surfrider’s network of chapters implementing the Ocean Friendly Gardens program in Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego. This staff position will focus on coordinating the implementation of a grant funded OFG project in collaboration with the Long Beach Chapter, the other Surfrider Foundation chapters in the greater Los Angeles area, and our project partners at Dashboard Earth.

Additional Position Specifics:

Hours: Not to exceed 29 hours/week and not to exceed 800 hours in total for the duration of the project assignment.

Assignment Term Length: No later than September 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023*

*6 months, there is some flexibility with commencement and completion dates.

Rate: Starting at $28/hour+ dependent upon on experience

Location: Strongly prefer a candidate based in LA County, Long Beach or North Orange County, California


  • General Program Support
  • Develop resources and tools to aid chapter program implementation
  • Manage and update the OFG program pages on
  • Develop a template and provide content for OFG program pages on chapter websites
  • Communicate with regional volunteer leads and staff as appropriate to understand chapter program needs and help plan events, activities and other program communications
  • Foster internal support (regional and chapter staff) for OFG program
  • Review the OFG mapping tool and make recommendations for alternative ways to visually represent the program online
  • Contribute blog posts, activist spotlights and other content for Surfrider communication channels
  • Support fundraising for the OFG program
  • Grant Implementation with Long Beach and LA-based Chapters
  • Communicate and coordinate with supervisor, Long Beach Chapter OFG coordinator, and partners at Dashboard Earth (project team) to implement grant-funded project to use the Dashboard Earth app (DBE) to engage Long Beach and LA residents in resiliency actions
  • Work with project team to develop resiliency actions and measurable outcomes to be featured on DBE to engage community members in OFG program in the Alamitos Bay Watershed, the City of Long Beach and the greater LA area
  • Build out LA-specific tools for residents to take OFG actions at home - garden templates, costs, plant lists, lists of local suppliers/shops, local professionals that can do installations, information on rebates, and other resources
  • Work with project team to promote OFG tools & resources
  • Assist the Long Beach OFG coordinator plan & install three small scale, demonstration rain gardens/stormwater retention features
  • Assist with OFG training workshops with Long Beach coordinator and other LA chapter program leads
  • Work with chapter OFG leads to develop a process to evaluate yards for compliance with OFG criteria
  • Liaise with other local partner organizations to explore opportunities to collaborate and share training opportunities in the greater-LA area
  • Work with project team to assess cumulative impact of resiliency actions taken over project timeline and prepare a final project report


  • 4 year degree in environmental or conservation studies preferred or work experience in organic gardening or sustainable landscaping trade equivalent
  • Minimum 2 years experience working on land conservation, watershed management, or in the sustainable gardening/landscaping field
  • Knowledge of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens program, program experience preferred
  • Some knowledge or experience with CA native plants desirable
  • Experience working with volunteers or a community-based program
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills to maintain positive working relationships with volunteers, staff and external partners
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple, complex tasks and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities.
  • Basic computer skills

Reports to: Senior Manager, Water Quality Initiative


Please send your cover letter and resume to:


Deadline for receiving resumes: Until position has been 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 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 Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion commitments, please visit:

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