Olympia Chapter

Join Us

Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots activist network, and chapters are comprised of passionate volunteers working towards our vision of 100% protection of our coasts.  The Executive Committee is a team of dedicated volunteers that meet monthly to plan events.

We are currently looking to fill several position on our Executive Committee (see descriptions below). If you have a skill set that you think would benefit our chapter, let us know! We can add additional EC roles as needed. Please email us at OlySurfrider@Gmail.com with questions or interest!

What do I need to do to join the EC?

  • Be a Surfrider Foundation member
  • Volunteer 1-5 hrs/week
  • Attend two evenings meetings each month – the EC meeting (usually the 2nd Wed.) and the public Chapter meeting (last Wed. of the month)
  • Commit to serving on the EC for 2 years

What are the benefits of joining the EC?

  • Work closely with a group of dedicated, passionate people working together to protect our coasts!
  • Gain access to leadership and training opportunities
  • Plug into a local, regional, and national network of coastal conservationists
  • Help protect your favorite beaches and contribute to a healthier environment

The Executive Committee is comprised of 5 primary roles: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Volunteer Coordinator. Current open positions include Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator, and Vice Chair, and there are always additional opportunities like the ones below to join our core team of volunteers!

Current Vacancies: 

Vice Chair – Assists the Chair in identifying chapter goals, planning, and implementing events

Secretary – Develops meeting agendas, takes notes, and tracks other administrative tasks

Volunteer Coordinator – Connect with our volunteers and support ways they can engage in our work

Optional roles available:

Beach Cleanups Coordinator

We organize numerous beach cleanups each year, both in downtown Olympia and out on the coast (usually around Westport). The Beach Cleanup Coordinator’s primary role would include:

  • Working with the EC to plan cleanup events
  • Help advertise and recruit volunteers
  • Coordinate with partner organizations such as WA CoastSavers and State Parks
  • Attend cleanup events, setting up tables and loaning out cleanup gear
  • Work with volunteers to categorize, count, and weigh marine debris
  • Enters cleanup data into Surfrider’s Beach Cleanup Tool database
  • Communicate the results of our efforts to our members
Blue Water Task Force Coordinator

We collect water quality samples weekly off of Priest Point Park throughout the summer. The BWTF coordinator would help recruit volunteers, coordinate training and gear exchanges, ensure timely and accurate data entry, and share our efforts and results on social media.

Communications Specialist

Love communications and social media? We always need help spreading the word about what we do! If you love writing to news outlets, working with reporters, posting on social media, contributing to newsletters, designing flyers and infographics – we need your help!

Want to help us out but can’t commit to joining the Executive Committee?

We can always use program leads to spearhead our efforts. If you’d like to be one of our core volunteers to help out at cleanups, table at events, etc, let us know! You don’t need to join the EC to help us do our work! Email us at OlySurfrider@gmail.com with your interest and ideas.