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Beach Ambassador Program

Overview

Oak Island’s Beach Ambassador Program is a way for citizens and the Town government to promote awareness of the importance of keeping our beach protected, clean and safe for all users.

Volunteer Beach Ambassadors are trained to educate and inform beach visitors about Town ordinances related to beach equipment, holes, and dunes, and how their actions can provide a safe environment for visitors and sea turtles alike. Emphasis is on visitor-friendly communication. Ambassadors also provide monitoring and observation, reporting potential safety issues, ordinance violations and wildlife concerns.

OIBA is a Town of Oak Island program organized by the Beach Preservation Society in conjunction with Town offices of Human Resources, Public Works, Code Enforcement, Public Information and Police.

Responsibilities

Ambassadors are identified by custom reflective safety vests and hats. They work in teams and travel the beach on foot. Patrols are concentrated on weekends with random trips during the week, primarily in the afternoon and early evening, according to the tide schedule. Holiday weeks have more patrols. Ambassadors talk to visitors, take photos, encourage positive beach activities and remind visitors of beach rules. They are the friendly face of our targeted ordinances. They report concerns to a designated Town liaison, or in extreme cases, to the police.

Ambassadors commit to at least 20 hours of service in the tourist season [mid-May  through Labor Day]. Some applicants may desire walking duties of shorter duration and greater frequency. Walking patrol locations (approximately 18 blocks each) are assigned by the program manager. The goal is to have 2-3 person teams per location, with a designated team leader coordinating scheduling. Weekend hours are expected for a portion of each volunteer’s service. No patrols take place during dangerous weather conditions.