Florida Policy Manager

Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation

California, USA · San Clemente, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024



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 Florida’s 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 Florida and Puerto Rico Regional Manager and Florida Surfrider Chapters, reporting to the East Coast Regional Director.


  • Devise and implement advocacy and organizing strategies to advance Surfrider Foundationʼs mission in Florida.
  • Work in partnership with Florida and Puerto Rico Regional Manager to engage Surfrider’s 11 Florida chapters in ocean and coastal campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Work in collaboration with marine advisory bodies, NGO partners, state agencies, and others in supporting coastal and ocean planning and policy initiatives.
  • Advance state policy campaigns by building and leading coalitions, testifying in hearings, engaging our grassroots network, and supporting ocean legislative champions, including planning and executing Surfrider’s annual volunteer fly-in to Tallahassee during legislative session
  • Develop communications and campaign materials for the Florida-based chapter network, including blog posts, newsletters, and 1 pagers. Help raise awareness of ocean and coastal conservation issues and campaigns in Florida through media outreach.
  • Engage in outreach and consensus building with ocean stakeholders including: non-consumptive users, commercial and recreational fishermen, conservationists, environmental justice organizations, etc.
  • Work closely with the Florida and Puerto Rico Regional Manager to develop volunteer opportunities, increase organizational membership, and support grassroots participation in ocean policy initiatives and conservation campaigns.
  • Support the Florida and Puerto Rico Regional Manager in developing and implementing chapter programs including Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Blue Water Task Force, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Climate Action Program, and Beach Cleanups.
  • In partnership with the Florida and Puerto Rico Regional Manager and East Coast Regional Director, initiate annual strategic planning and work plan development that aligns with Surfrider Foundation’s organizational strategic plan.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the philanthropic community and donors, and work with Surfrider Foundation staff to identify grant opportunities, craft funding proposals, and complete grant reports.
  • Represent Surfrider Foundation and ocean recreational constituency on regional advisory boards and state coalitions.
  • Support the Florida and Puerto Rico Regional Manager in the development and content planning of the annual Florida / Puerto Rico Regional Conference.

Reports to: East 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.
  • Preference that candidates currently reside in Tallahassee, or within two hours of driving distance to Tallahassee, and/or have the willingness and ability to travel to Tallahassee frequently.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (including some weekends and evenings).
  • Ability to work effectively from a home office.
  • Spanish language proficiency is preferred, but is not required.


  • 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 Florida 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, bipartisan 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.


Salary Range Transparency:
Category Level:
Manager (Policy Manager)
Salary Range:
$65,000 Minimum - $99,000 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: 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 offering a match of .50¢ of every dollar contributed by the employee up to a maximum of 4% of earnings (in other terms, a 2% employer match). Surfrider also provides paid holidays, vacation and sick time. We also provide 6 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with an employee in connection with adoption or foster care.


Please send cover letter (including your salary requirements) and resume to:
Email: careers@surfrider.org
Deadline for receiving resumes: July 12, 2024
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.

To learn more about our Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion commitments, please visit: https://www.surfrider.org/pages/diversity-equity-inclusion