South Jersey Chapter

Hands across the Sand 2018

Open Positions

Open Positions

  • Cleanup Coordinator
  • Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) Coordinator
  • Clean Energy Campaign Lead
  • Social Media Assistant

Please see below for a description of each volunteer position:

Cleanup Coordinator

The Cleanup Coordinator position at the Surfrider Foundation is an incredible volunteer position that allows the coordinator to have a lot of fun and make a difference in the fight against environmental and plastic pollution! The Cleanup Coordinator is responsible for organizing and coordinating with other agencies to implement Beach and Community Cleanups in South Jersey, specifically (but not exclusively) Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Cleanups can be on the beach, bayside, inland on land, street-side, alongside inland waterways, or bayshore off the Delaware Bay, etc. On the day of the event, the Cleanup Coordinator is responsible for gathering supplies and transporting them to Cleanup site, organizing people in cleaning up trash, providing volunteers with Cleanup supplies (with assistance of other core volunteers) and gathering data to enter and submit to the National Surfrider Foundation database to use for lobbying efforts on a local and national level. See below for more information about this incredible position.

Qualifications:

  • Flexibility to change
  • Ability to lead large and small groups of people
  • Able to speak publicly to groups of people
  • Computer proficiency in using the internet
  • Have access to a computer
  • Able to motivate others and work effectively in a team
  • Good people skills to foster volunteer participation in other chapter events
  • A vehicle in order to transport Cleanup supplies
  • Ability to work in a team environment and compromise

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Check Surfrider email account daily to coordinate Cleanups, respond to chapter related emails, and chapter & position goals and initiatives.
  • Coordinate through email and phone with cities and municipalities for trash disposal and obtain any permits if required.
  • Coordinate and provide Cleanup event location, map screenshot, information and details to Chair/Communications to be posted and sent via communications channels (social media accounts, email).
  • Coordinate with Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter leads to promote movement towards a unified goal.
  • Prior to Cleanup, pick up Cleanup supplies from storage unit and bring to the Cleanup location about 1-2 hours prior to the start of the event to setup (with assistance of other core volunteers). After event, return supplies back to storage unit.
  • Gather waiver forms and Cleanup data collection cards and input data into the Surfrider Foundation National Database website within 48 hours of Cleanup.
  • Provide top data collection results to Chair/Communications to be posted via communications channels (social media accounts, email).
  • Provide Cleanup volunteers information (waiver forms) to the Volunteer Coordinator at the end of Cleanup or within 48 hours of Cleanup to be inputted into the chapter email database (MailChimp).
  • Attend monthly meetings for the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey.
  • Be a member of the Surfrider Foundation (but not required)
  • Develop and work on goals and campaigns.

The time commitment required for this position varies from about 3 to 10 hours per week (peak during the week of the Cleanup).

If you are interested in this position or learning more about the position, please contact Danielle Plá – chair@southjersey.surfrider.org

Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) Coordinator

The OFR Coordinator leads our Ocean Friendly Restaurants program for our chapter, Surfrider Foundation South Jersey. This position is great opportunity to make a difference with our plastic pollution crisis! It is a consumer behavior-changing, community-influencing and also a policy-influencing position. It is key in making a scalable impact in reducing our plastic footprint, protecting the environment, increasing education and raising awareness with the public! The roles of this position include becoming well-versed in the program, its criteria (see our webpage link below) and the issues that surround the current plastic pollution crisis, communicating with and serving our existing OFRs, expanding the program to add more OFRs (growth), keeping up-to-date with communications and changes to the program (Surfrider Foundation email updates and conference calls), developing and working with the Chair on communications to be sent out via our social networks and email list, coordinating regional lead volunteers, and recruiting and training new volunteers.

The South Jersey Chapter’s region includes both coastal and inland counties (Coastal Counties: Atlantic & Cape May Counties; Inland: Camden, Gloucester, Salem & Cumberland Counties).

The OFR Coordinator (along with lead regional volunteers) conducts visits to present the program to restaurants that have expressed an interest through our social networks, as well as discovers and follows potential leads, and meets with potential restaurants. Becomes knowledgeable with the Foodware Guide. Offers solutions to switch from plastic or Styrofoam products over to plastic-free, sustainable products. Works with local restaurant supply companies. Becomes knowledgeable on the financial costs associated with becoming an OFR (e.g. converting from plastic straws to paper straws, plastic take-out bags to paper take-out bags, Styrofoam clamshell to a recycled paper product) and the program’s membership fee structure and many benefits. Assists restaurants in the OFR registration process and any follow up communications. Builds a relationship with OFRs. May conduct a compliance check visit with a restaurant.

Checks Surfrider OFR’s email account daily. Keeps up-to-date with communications and changes to the program (Surfrider Foundation email updates and conference calls), our list of current OFRs and our OFRs about to expire and follows up.

Attend monthly meetings for the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey. Be a member of the Surfrider Foundation (but not required). Develop and work on goals and campaigns.

As the OFR Coordinator becomes established, there may be speaking engagements in the community at events, opportunities to speak in front of city/town council/commissioners meetings in effort to support legislation targeting plastic pollution and single-use plastics, and may respond to requests to provide commentary to the Press.  

Qualifications:

  • Flexibility to change
  • Ability to lead and train small groups of people
  • Able to speak publicly to groups of people
  • Computer proficiency in using the internet
  • Have access to a computer
  • Able to motivate others and work effectively in a team
  • Good people skills to foster volunteer participation, to work together with restaurant owner and staff, and build relationships with owner and staff
  • Ability to work in a team environment and compromise
  • Prior restaurant industry a plus, but not required

The time commitment required for this position varies from 3 to 10 hours per a week.

To read more about OFRs, visit Surfrider Foundation’s national webpage: https://www.surfrider.org/programs/ocean-friendly-restaurants 

If you are interested in this position or learning more about the position, please contact Danielle Plá – chair@southjersey.surfrider.org

Clean Energy Campaign Lead

Surfrider Foundation South Jersey is looking for a volunteer to lead their efforts against dangerous fossil fuel projects like this one, and to be the chapter’s voice in campaigns and coalitions working to bring us clean energy like this one. This volunteer would simply be the person to keep track of the latest news with these coalitions and campaigns, relay that to the chapter and recommend how the chapter should act, react, or use their resources to defeat fossil fuel projects and win clean energy victories that are within the Surfrider scope and mission. Special attention would be paid to offshore wind energy projects in NJ. Surfrider can support offshore wind projects if they are done right. This volunteer will have guidance from experienced volunteers in the chapter and from regional Surfrider staff in NJ. Ideally this person would spend 3 to 10 hours a week on this, be a member of the Surfrider Foundation (but not required), and be motivated to help protect our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches and fight climate change too.   

Attend monthly meetings for the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey. Develop and work on goals and campaigns.

If you are interested in this position or learning more about the position, please contact Danielle Plá – chair@southjersey.surfrider.org

Social Media Assistant

Surfrider Foundation South Jersey is looking for a Social Media Assistant to help post communications for our chapter on our various social media platforms, and also help create creative content. Most communication posts on social media will be pre-written by Surfrider with an associated image(s) or video, and will only require to be reposted with tags. Other posts will either be pre-written or a repost with tags. Creative content opportunities include: help to create live stories on Instagram (creating our live stories or sharing our chapter’s post as a live story, sharing/reposting other appropriate Instagram posts to our live stories, etc.), help to create digital event poster images, help with taking pictures at events, help to post and/or make updates to our website and more. This position will also help in developing creative outreach strategies, increasing engagement with all ages, and increasing inclusion and demographic diversity. This volunteer will have guidance and work closely with the Chair/Communications.

Must be social media savvy. Must be highly computer proficient with attention to detail. Should have some experience with website maintenance (WordPress preferred).

Attend monthly meetings for the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey. Be a member of the Surfrider Foundation (but not required). Develop and work on goals and campaigns.

The time commitment required for this position is about 5 hours per a week.

If you are interested in this position or learning more about the position, please contact Danielle Plá – chair@southjersey.surfrider.org