Become a SOLVE Zone or Beach Captain!

The one-day spring and fall coastwide beach cleanups are organized on the ground by volunteer Zone Captains and Beach Captains. The Oregon Coast is delineated into 14 zones and each zone is led by one or more local Zone Captains who organize waste disposal and multiple sites. Zone Captains recruit volunteer Beach Captains who staff up to 50 registration sites up and down the coast on the day of the beach cleanup. They are at the core of the success of every beach cleanup.


Zone Captains

No new Zone Captains needed at this time.

Zone Captains are local volunteers, many of whom have been leading beach cleanups for several years. Zone Captains represent the Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., U.S. Forest Service, Surfrider Foundation, Lion's Clubs, and more. These amazing partners work behind the scenes with SOLVE staff to:

  • Coordinate with local haulers to arrange garbage hauling and recycling
  • Recruit and train one or two Beach Captains for each registration site
  • Order supplies
  • Solicit donations for snacks and plan post-event celebrations (optional)
  • Spread the word through distributing posters and press releases locally

Check out the full Zone Captain Description to learn more. 


Beach Captains

We need some Beach Captains to help in the Florence and Newport areas. 

Beach Captains lead a check in location and are the faces of SOLVE on beach cleanup day. Beach Captains work before and after the event to:

  • Set up registration table(s) and site signage 
  • Welcome volunteers as they arrive.  
  • Lead a safety orientation and manage waivers
  • Hand out gloves, bags and steer volunteers toward areas that need extra attention
  • Tally results
  • Assist Zone Captains

Check out the full Beach Captain Description to learn more. 


Lead a Beach Cleanup Any Time of Year

Interested in leading a beach cleanup outside the one-day events? Apply for SOLVE support through our Project Oregon program


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