Treasurer: We are looking for someone to maintain our chapter financial records and balance the budget. See the requirements here.

Volunteer Coordinator: The Volunteer Coordinator is a Surfrider member who is responsible for managing current volunteers, consulting with program coordinators to determine volunteer needs, and recruiting new volunteers to the chapter. See the requirements here.

E-Newsletter Editor: We need someone to put together our monthly e-newsletter, the Impact Zone. Content is supplied. Use your creativity to format it in an engaging way. If you’re not familiar with MailChimp, we’ll train you..


Water Sampler: The BWTF needs additional volunteers to collect samples at some of our 11 creek and ocean sites in central San Luis Obispo County. No experience in biology or similar work is necessary and the sampling process can be quickly learned. Volunteers collect water samples and transport them to the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach where the volunteer prepares their samples for incubation. We collect samples early every Thursday morning. Depending on the location and the number of sites that a volunteer is responsible for the collection and preparation process can require 60 to 90 minutes. You must have reliable transportation.

Fundraising: The BWTF program has been operating for several years without a long term, sustainable funding source. We need someone who has the experience and resources to recruit private and/or corporate donors who will support this program. Sponsors will receive recognition on the chapter’s media platforms and a tangible item for display at their office or business.

Social Media: We need someone to push weekly water testing results out on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Community Liaisons: We’re looking for help with identifying locations for new ashcan installations and developing city and community partners to maintain them.

Program Development: We’d like someone to work out the details of an ashcan sponsorship program, and look into implementation of cigarette butt recycling.

Costume Creator: Are you crafty? Then please help us to make a “Butty” costume to raise awareness of the issue of cigarette butt litter at events. Butty is a life-sized cigarette butt, typically made of felt, and is a great attention-grabber!


RAPtivists: If you’re a Surfrider member who is passionate about preventing plastic pollution in the ocean and on the beaches, please contact us. We have regular monthly meetings (see calendar) and would love to hear your ideas!

Beach Cleanup Coordinator: Does litter on the beach bother you? We need someone to take a leadership role in coordinating our  beach cleanups. Transportation is necessary, since you’ll bring buckets and other supplies to the beach of your choice.


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.

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’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.