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Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Surfrider Foundation. Join our network and help us tackle the issues that face our ocean, waves and beaches. Enter your information below and we'll connect you with the nearest Chapter or Club in your community.

Volunteer Opportunities



 If you’re a Surfrider member who is passionate about preventing plastic pollution in the ocean and on the beaches, please contact us at We do monthly microplastics testing on SLO County beaches for about an hour on Sunday mornings.  We have periodic meetings and would love to hear your ideas!


We need volunteers with science, environmental management, legal, or policy backgrounds to help with research, analysis, and comments on various current and future development proposals on the Avila and Diablo coasts.  Anyone with good research and writing skills can help.

We also need someone with experience in motivating citizen volunteers to present effective well-prepared facts and arguments aimed at having a significant impact on undecided government staff and elected officials.  Experience in implementing effective advocacy techniques is helpful.  Contact


We’re looking for volunteers to make phone calls, distribute literature, organize letter writing, staff information table at events, mobilize attendance at government meetings, design publicity, contact press, and more.


OFR Ambassadors: Do you know a restaurant that already meets the requirementsto be certified as Ocean Friendly? Are you willing to spend a few minutes speaking with the owner or manager? Then we’d like you to become an OFR Ambassador! Training provided and mentoring available.

Vendor Liaison: We’d like to update our list of vendors of ocean-friendly to-go ware which is provided to potential OFRs that need to make the switch from polystyrene and other single-use plastics. We’re looking for someone to research what’s available (especially locally), including the costs, and if possible, negotiate discounts for restaurants who sign up to be OFRs.

Event Planner: Do you like to plan events? Then we need you! We’re looking to create some fun cross-promotional events with our Ocean Friendly Restaurants. Examples could be a surf movie night at a certified OFR offering a special Surfrider-themed drink or food item, or a discount day at an OFR for every diner mentioning Surfrider. In addition, we’d like to find OFRs willing to host special Surfrider quarterly meetings, so be on the lookout for suitable venues.

Waitstaff Trainer: A restaurant’s waitstaff plays a key role at an Ocean Friendly Restaurant. No only are they responsible for carrying out certain criteria, such as providing straws only on request, but they can educate diners about why the restaurant has moved away from single-use plastics. Volunteers in this role will meet with waitstaff to help them understand the OFR program and why it’s important for our ocean, waves and beaches.


 We need a volunteer to add photographs to our chapter accomplishments list, and possibly create a display for events to highlight the Chapter’s 30-year history of successful campaigns and active programs. Experience using photos in a WordPress site is helpful.  Contact us at