Become A Site Captain

Organize your own cleanup or habitat restoration in or near your neighborhood!

If you love a beach or a spot that is not already part of our monthly Adopt-A-Beach Program, we invite you to become a site captain and volunteer for the Pacific Beach Coalition. We can help you get started if you want to lead your own projects, which can include:
– Beach cleanup
– Street cleanup
– River cleanup
– Park cleanup
– Habitat restoration

Site Captain Responsibilities

You will have a few responsibilities such as:
– Help promote your project with the help of our marketing and communication team
– Instruct volunteers during the cleanup
– Oversee data collection
– Coordinate with your town/county to dispose of the waste (green waste, trash, recycle)
– Store your supplies
– Participate in our meetings and site captain training

Site Captain Training

Our team of veteran site captains will, of course, train you and provide assistance until you get more comfortable. Some elements of the training include:
– Assist site captains at the location of your choice (hands on experience)
– Learn about our outreach and marketing tools
– Learn about the safety policies and best practices
– Join our monthly meetings to hear and learn from other site captains

What PBC Provides

The Pacific Beach Coalition has been leading beach cleanups and habitat restoration for over 20 years! So, we like to think that we became expert in this domain 🙂 And our expertise is what we will be giving you!
But we will also provide:
– Visibility on the website to promote your location
– Access to our marketing tools to help with the outreach
– Signage for your location
– Supplies for your project
– Support for when you need it

If you are interested in becoming a site captain or have any questions, please send us an email at info[at] or contact us via our online form.

Want To Get Started On Your Own?

We understand that becoming a site captain can be a lot of commitments for some, so if you want to get started on your own and outside of the Pacific Beach Coalition, we still would like to encourage your efforts and contribution in making your neighborhood litter free and greener.

Here is a list of tips that should help you get started and have a great time while saving mother Earth and the wildlife!

Before D-Day: Time to spread the word and get ready
– Create an event online and/or on social media and share it with your friends (Facebook, the Patch, Nextdoor, your blog etc…)
– Create a flyer and hang it at local businesses
– Make sure you have a minimum of supplies:
* reusable gloves
* buckets
* gardening tools
– Encourage the volunteers to bring their own supplies
– Send an email or a note to your group to confirm that the event is happening (reminders are always good)
– Make sure you can dispose of the trash/green waste/recycle
* Contact your town to arrange a pick up with Recology
* Check that the dump site near you is going to be open and accept your waste
* Get a scale! It is super cool to be able to know how much waste you removed from the beach, street, park…

D-Day: Don’t be nervous, you are going to do great!
– Make sure you packed everything and arrive early at the meeting location
– Set up your table, supplies, signs…
– Welcome your group and give them a quick orientation
* What is expected from the group (pick up trash, weigh it, sort it or remove weeds, plant trees etc…)
* Where to go
* What to look for (cigarette butts, styrofoam, invasive weeds etc…)
* Remind everyone to stay safe
– Weigh the trash/green waste and sort it if needed
– Take pictures
– Thank volunteers and make them acknowledge how much of a difference they made
– Dispose of the waste and leave the place cleaner than you found it!

Remember that the data collected about debris at your cleanup will help spread the message about the dangers of litter in the local and marine environment.

After D-Day: How did you do?
– Let the world know about your accomplishments!
* Post results and pictures online (nextdoor, social media, blogs etc…)
– Send an email or follow up with your group to share results, pictures and thank them again for coming (plus add the date of the next cleanup)
– Make a note on what went well and what should be improved for next time