Isla Vista Surfrider is seeking interns for this school year!!! Follow the steps below to apply to be part of our awesome executive team.
Want to gain valuable internship experience, make a positive impact on the UCSB community, and meet some amazing individuals? We have 6 different internship opportunities available and we would love to get YOU more involved with our organization to make this year our best one yet! Both new and returning students are encouraged to apply.
What is IV Surfrider? Isla Vista Surfrider is a chapter of the international Surfrider Foundation. We are a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. Started by surfers, our group consists of surfers and ocean enthusiasts alike who are dedicated to protecting local coastlines. Below are the descriptions for the positions we have available. All interns are expected to commit a minimum of one year and to attend all IV Surfrider events that fit their schedules. If you are interested in applying, email us at email@example.com with your answers to the questions at the bottom of this page and your resume. Applications are due by Sunday, October 9th, at midnight, and we will conduct interviews the following week. We are excited to welcome awesome new interns to the IV Surfrider team!
Here are the positions:
Ocean Friendly Gardens: Ocean Friendly Gardens is a program that focuses on the ability to revive our under-hydrated watersheds and polluted oceans by applying CPR (Conservation, Permeability and Retention) to our landscapes. Interns can draw from program guides to educate the public, assist professors in the research of coastal pathogenic pollution, engage in garden renovation projects, gain knowledge in policy changes, and be involved with other forms of outreach. We want highly motivated and innovative interns to expand the program and our projects. We want our IV interns to have the most successful projects possible while networking with important environmental and community organizations.
(3-4 positions available)
Blue Water Task Force: The Blue Water Task Force is a program focused on the water quality of our local beaches. We are seeking a team of interns to test the water quality of three of our local beaches once a week. Interns are responsible for the collection, testing and analysis of water samples as well as the reporting of this data. Additionally, interns will monitor water quality and conduct public outreach to educate our community about water quality issues.
(2-3 positions available)
Rise Above Plastics: RAP aims to raise awareness of the dangers of single-use plastics, like shopping bags, bottles, and take-out utensils. Interns will mainly assist the RAP Coordinators with various campaigns, such as Ocean Friendly Restaurants in IV and Reusable Water Bottles for UCSB Faculty. An ideal candidate is self-motivated, innovative, and works well in a team. A passion for protecting our oceans and beaches is a requisite. Responsibilities will include attending regular meetings (weekly or bimonthly, depending on the campaigns), creating and implementing media campaigns (digital and physical) tailored to our community, and assisting your RAP team.
(2 positions available)
Special Events Coordinator: IV Surfrider is looking for creative interns with the organizational skills to help plan beach cleanups, film screenings, fundraisers, and other impactful events. Responsibilities include contacting local business leaders and community members, acquiring necessary supplies, coordinating volunteer schedules, and promoting the events.
(2-3 position available)
Art Director: IV Surfrider is looking for a creative and enthusiastic intern to be the artistic touch to our organization. The intern must be flexible, utilizing design methods by hand and computer. Working with other interns, the Art Director will channel creative ideas to effectively convey messages and increase project impact. Some projects may include designing T-shirts, painting signs, and creating fliers.
(1 position available)
Concert Coordinator: Concert for the Coast is IV Surfrider’s biggest annual event. It is a day-long concert that is held in a park in Isla Vista. Surfrider is seeking a coordinator who would be responsible for assisting in putting on this awesome event! Responsibilities would include booking the bands, fundraising, and facilitating the event. We are looking for a freshman or sophomore that can continue the event after this year.
(1 position available)
Social Media Manager: IV Surfrider is looking for an articulate and creative intern to run our Facebook and Instagram pages and expand our social media presence. The intern should be able to remain up to date on current social media trends and reach out to target audiences. Responsibilities include researching current events, staying up to date on local and international issues relevant to Surfrider Foundation, publicizing IV Surfrider, and creating and promoting social media campaigns.
(1 position available)
Photographer: IV Surfrider is looking for interns with photography skills in capturing and editing breathtaking, informative still images. The position requires documenting all of our events and taking pictures for social media sites. These interns should be personable, outgoing, and self-motivated workers. This position will work very closely with the Social Media Manager and the two positions may be combined. Intern must provide his or her own equipment and editing software.
(1-2 positions available)
Website Designer: IV Surfrider is looking for an intern who can design and develop user interfaces utilizing responsive web design concepts and tools. The designer will be using WordPress to renovate and keep our website up to date, implementing aesthetically pleasing and interactive features. The intern will be expected to work with several different teams in IV Surfrider to create clarity and represent our mission. You will be able to improve your skill set while simultaneously expanding and enhancing your portfolio.
(1 position available)
Please, provide clear and concise responses to the following questions:
1. List all positions that you are interested in applying for, with a short description of why you would be interested in each respective role.
2. What qualifications do you possess that make you the best candidate for the position(s) for which you are applying?
3. What is your experience with or knowledge of the Surfrider Foundation or other coastal/environmental organizations?
4. While we value experience, we believe that motivation and dedication are just as important, if not more so. Please explain what motivates you to become involved in IV Surfrider and the level of dedication you plan to commit.
5. We are looking for individuals with the new ideas and creativity to grow our chapter. Please touch on some of your skills, interests, and hobbies that might help to improve or expand IV Surfrider.
6. (Optional) An ideal of environmentalism is to create sustainable communities. Our university and local community are actively working towards this goal. Do you think there is an initiative or project that might be missing in the community? We encourage you to look into the different environmentalist projects that are currently being pursued.
Surfrider Foundation Isla Vista Chapter
What better way to kick off the school year than with a Surfrider Sunday Beach Cleanup! If you love the ocean, enjoy long walks on the beach, need community service hours, or want to cure your hangover then this is the event for you!
Join us this Sunday for a chance to make IV a better place while simultaneously enjoying good company, snacks, and scenery! Cure your hangover with a nice stroll on the beach that will leave our beaches pristine and you in a better mood than you woke up with.
Meet us at the beach access Camino Pescadero Park between 3-5pm this Sunday, October 2nd! We’ll be waiting for you with free food, stickers, and all necessary beach cleanup supplies. Hope to see you there 🙂
Get updates on upcoming events including tabling events, beach cleanups, fundraisers, and Concert for the Coast! We promise not to overflow your inbox!
Welcome Week Tabling Event
September 23, 2016 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
San Nic, Santa Rosa, and DLG lawns
Come by our table to learn more about our organization!
September 24, 2016 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Campus Point Beach, Lagoon Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117, USA
Come down to the beach with IV Surfrider and other environmental orgs to play games and learn about our coast and its protection! For more details, visit the facebook event at
Do your part to keep our oceans clean ad plastic free! Vote yes on prop 67 to ban the plastic bag.
Love the ocean? Enjoy long walks on the beach? Need community service hours? Want to cure your hangover? Do you like FREE FOOD FROM WOODSTOCKS?!?!
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then come out to our last beach cleanup of the quarter. Join us from 1-3pm at Camino Pescadero Park this Sunday, February 6th! To celebrate all of the trash we’ve kept off the beaches this quarter, we will have FREE FOOD donated by Woodstock’s Pizza for all of our volunteers! So get outside, do some good, eat some food, and make some friends. It doesn’t get much better than that.
We’ll be continuing our celebration after the cleanup at Woodstock’s for a fundraiser from 3-7pm. Come to help IV Surfrider keep our coast clean and beautiful!
Follow our Facebook page at Isla Vista Surfrider and on Instagram @islavistasurfrider for more updates!
Avoid a kegtastrophe, BYOC! Red Cups are made of polystyrene (PS), which can leach the carcinogenic compound styrene. Bringing Your Own Cup or hosting a BYOC party eliminates the potential environmental and health risks of Red Cups.
Do your part in protecting our coast! Stay active and aware of the political controversies regarding our environment. Efforts to fire our Coastal Commission Executive Director, a “champion” at protecting our coastline and access to it, are underway. A more pro-development commissioner is being sought after. Click on the article below for further detail and ways you can help!
Power Grab Puts California Coastal Act at Risk
Thanks to everyone who came to our beach cleanup at Camino Pescadero Park this past Sunday, January 24th! If you weren’t able to make it out on this beautiful day we hope to see you at the next one.