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19 May 2022

Full-Time Clean Border Water Now Campaign Manager

Surfrider Foundation – Posted by dmimm San Diego, California, United States

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Job Description


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.

We are currently seeking a Campaign Manager to lead the Clean Border Water Now campaign (CBWN) in collaboration with Surfrider San Diego and the Legal and Clean Water teams at Surfrider’s national headquarters.  The goal of the CBWN campaign is to eliminate the flow of untreated sewage, chemicals, plastic pollution and trash into the Pacific Ocean at the US-Mexico border.

Campaign Manager Responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the CBWN campaign including: policy analysis & development, advocacy, public outreach and communications, coalition building, reporting and other administrative tasks.


Policy analysis, development & advocacy: 

  • Coordinate campaign planning & lead implementation for the CBWN campaign
  • Analyze & review relevant federal, state & local legislation, policies, programs and technical solutions to cross-border pollution.
  • Develop policy solutions and campaign priorities in coordination with CBWN committee, Clean Water Initiative leadership, SD Chapter staff, legal department, and other staff to eliminate cross-border pollution.
  • Develop campaign tactics for CBWN committee members, chapter members and general public to support policy solutions.
  • Correspond with Legal Department regarding Clean Water Act lawsuit settlement implementation and track NEPA process for USMCA projects.
  • Conduct targeted advocacy to local, state & federal leaders.

Support and maintain coalitions and community partnerships:  

  • Communicate and coordinate on campaign-relevant issues with government officials, other NGOs, community groups and businesses on both sides of the border.
  • Attend policy related meetings, including those hosted by the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team, and advocate for CBWN’s mission.

Conduct education & outreach targeting the general public, youth, and businesses on both sides of the border:

  • Provide training, support and guidance for implementation of educational and outreach activities by CBWN committee members.
  • Contribute blog posts and other content for Surfrider communication channels on the border pollution issue and CBWN campaign.
  • Serve as a Surfrider media spokesperson on border region water quality and pollution issues.

Administrative & Reporting:

  • Ensure tasks in the Stop Sewage Pollution/Clean Water Initiative: 2020-2023 and other grant deliverables are met.
  • Participate in Clean Border Water Now Committee meetings and Surfrider San Diego County Chapter Executive Committee monthly meetings and provide campaign updates.
  • Support campaign fundraising efforts through development of fundraising proposals in collaboration with other Surfrider staff.


  • Strong interpersonal skills to maintain positive working relationships with agency & community partners
  • Spanish fluency
  • Bachelors Degree and 3 years of experience working in environmental policy, advocacy or community organizing is preferred.
  • Knowledge of water quality issues and related legal and regulatory protections
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple, complex tasks and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities.
  • Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, with agency staff, elected officials, stakeholders and the public.
  • Reside in San Diego County with a strong preference for South or Central County


This is a full-time position. The Clean Border Water Now Campaign Manager position will be compensated with a competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience level, starting at $50,000+. The Surfrider Foundation offers a salary that is competitive with other national, not-for-profit conservation organizations.

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.


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:

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Please send your cover letter (including your salary requirements) and resume to Deadline to receive applications: 6/30/22.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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