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Parks Board looking for new commissioner

The Seattle City Council is seeking a new member for the Board of Park Commissioners, a seven-member volunteer advisory board. Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience with community engagement;
  • History of working collaboratively with a broad range of people and interests;
  • Experience with parks, landscaping, urban design, gardening, or comparable issues and interests;
  • Demonstrated concern for neighborhoods and neighborhood parks;
  • Established record of objectivity and the ability to think broadly;
  • Willingness to commit at least 10 hours per week; and,
  • Active in our city in an advocacy capacity.

Resumes and letter of interest must be received by Feb. 5. Electronic submissions are preferred. E-mail your letter of interest and résumé, and contact information for three references to Philip Roewe.

Paper submissions can be sent to:
Philip Roewe, Office of City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council, PO Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Three Board members are appointed by Seattle’s mayor, three by the Seattle City Council, and the seventh by the Board of Park Commissioners. The current vacant position is a Seattle City Council appointee. Members serve three-year, renewable terms.

The Board convenes at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, and typically holds approximately twelve public hearings each year.

Board members spend an average of 30-40 hours per month on Seattle Parks and Recreation business. In addition to the regular meetings, members attend committee meetings, park dedications and celebrations, and other community gatherings. Board members receive a number of briefing papers, listen to and read an extensive amount of public testimony, and receive a large volume of general information from Seattle Parks and Recreation and other city agencies.

Candidates should have a strong interest in parks and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and capabilities. Candidates should have regular access to a computer and e-mail, as most information is sent electronically.

The Seattle City Council is committed to promoting diversity on the Board, and encourages women, young people, senior citizens, people with disabilities, sexual minorities, and people of color to apply.

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