Surfrider Foundation Europe is a European non-profit association, which mission is to defend, safeguard, enhance and sustainably manage Europe’s ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them. Surfrider is looking for a Water Quality lobbying officer. Surfrider works for the right to high quality waters for all Europeans and users of the ocean, the seas and marine areas (lakes, rivers…), the right to information and the fight for the prevention of pollution.

The association has been present in Brussels since 2010 with a representation and influence office working with European institutions and stakeholders.

GENERAL MISSION : building and conveying the positionning of Surfrider and representing it in Brussels on Water quality and Health issues and contributing to the development of this programme.

In the Lobbying Department and under the responsibility of the coordinator of Brussels office, the Water quality lobbying officer project manager will carry out the following tasks:


Contributing to the definition of the European lobbying strategy on Water quality and Health

• Ensure political and regulatory monitoring on Water quality and Health issues in the EU

• Co-construct, with the other Departments and according to Surfrider strategic plan, the influence strategy of the association on Water quality and Health issues at European level

• Define a strategy on coalitions and collaboration with other civil society organizations on Water quality and Health issues

• Contribute to the definition of the strategy and positionning of the association on solar creams and on management and monitoring of recreational and bathing waters

Representation of interests

• Elaborate positions, responses to consultations and advocate these positions before institutions and stakeholders in Brussels in close interaction with the Expert officer on water quality

• Work on coalition and coordination with other civil society organizations on Water quality and Health issues

• Ensure public relations, influence and individual relationships with European institutions and stakeholders

• Participate in European meetings including the expert group of the European Commission on Water quality

• Contribute to the celebration, each year, of a week of events on Ocean protection in coordination with other blue NGOs, through the organization of an event on Water quality

Project management and link with the community

• Co-manage Healthy Waters project

• Inform Surfrider community on Water quality and Health programme, especially during Surfrider key events with volunteers or online events

• Punctually support the Coastal Defenders project at European level

• Participate in the search for European funding, the drafting of responses to calls for projects on Water quality and Health

• Contribute to the implementation of Surfrider planification

• Contribute to the transversal advocacy activities in the lobbying Department

• Represent the lobbying Department in the Water quality thematic commission (internal Surfrider commission)


• Excellent knowledge of the European institutional regulations and mechanisms on water pollution

• Knowledge and/or experience on stakes about water pollution, including chemical pollutions

• Project management, including budget monitoring

• Capacity to elaborate an action strategy

• Fluent in English and French. A third European language will be an advantage.


• Relational skills, comfortable with a diverse audience (decision makers, volunteers, association sector)

• Adaptability, organisational skills

• Creative

• 3 years experience as a minimum

• The following points will be advantages :

o Expérience in association sector will be an advantage

o Basic knowledge or experience in shared governance

o Sensitivity in Sport stakes


• Start date : early March 2022

• Fixed-term contract under Belgian law for 12 months on a full-time basis, with a serious prospect of permanent contract

• Position based in Brussels – Belgium, with teleworking allowed on a basis of 2 weekly days, outside offical instructions

• Remuneration from 2500€ gross monthly depending on profile and experience

• Application until 2022/01/23

• Application by email: CV + cover letter (in French and English) to job@surfrider.eu under the reference « Water quality application »

our values


The passion for the oceans, the coastline and the pleasures animate everyone who supports Surfrider and guides the organization's action.


Surfrider is rooted in the value of sharing and participation through inclusion and diversity.


Surfrider seeks a harmonious relationship between humans and nature.