Community Board Member

Puyallup Watershed Initiative

Posted: 8/29/2019

Position Type: Board (Unpaid)

Function: Other

Primary domain: Community/Capacity Building

City: Tacoma

Postal code: 98405

State: Washington

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

Our Mission in Action

We are working to address these issues head on. We have a wide array of public outreach and engagement programs that includes transportation, education, public health, local food, natural resources, environmental stewardship, social justice and much more. We expect these efforts will produce tangible outcomes reflected in land use decisions, improved water quality, new public works and greater public stewardship of our green and urban spaces.

To some, our far-reaching work may sound risky because there are many unknown factors. Yet those are the very reasons why we need community-centered change. We believe that the people who live and work in a place understand it better than anyone else does; and when given proper resources they will come up with the best solutions. After all, if there were simply technical solutions, then we would have solved many of our problems long ago.

Guiding Principles

We understand that broad-based solutions take time to develop and even more time to take hold. Therefore, we encourage listening, compromise and learning from each other in pursuit of shared long-term goals. Our main principles:

  • Increase Community Stewardship
  • Strengthen Local Leadership
  • Improve Water Quality
  • Strive toward Equity and Inclusion

Position Details:

Job Description:

Welcome to the Puyallup Watershed Initiative’s ("the Initiative") 2020 Community Board application. The Initiative launched in 2012 as a new model for community-centered change, and aims to improve social and environmental conditions throughout the watershed that comprises more than 1,000 square miles from Mt. Rainier to Commencement Bay. Currently, the Community Board is seeking new members to begin service in 2020. The Initiative’s Community Board is made up of community members from across the watershed that bring a wide variety of perspectives and lived experiences.

If you are interested in serving on the Initiative’s 2020 Community Board, please complete this short application form by Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm.


Full application link here


OVERVIEW:  Community Board Member Expectations*

*The following is a brief overview of expectations to support candidates in self-assessing if this opportunity aligns with their capacity, skills, experiences, and volunteer desires.


Puyallup Watershed Initiative (“the Initiative”) Community Board members share a responsibility and care for the organization and participants. The Community Board serves to steward the Initiative’s mission, vision, and values; provides organizational oversight to ensure compliance with regulations and laws; and works to ensure resource sustainability (financial and people) to operate with excellence. 


Attendance Expectations:

  • Volunteer approximately 10 – 15 hours per month for Community Board and Work Group meetings, meeting preparations, and other activities and opportunities that may arise
    • Community Board members are volunteers and not paid for participation
  • Attend regularly scheduled Community Board meetings
    • Prioritize attendance at all Community Board meetings
    • Come to meetings prepared and ready actively participate – review relevant materials ahead of time
  • Attend an annual Community Board retreat (typically two-days)
  • Participate in at least one Community Board Work Group (typically meet monthly)
  • Attend an annual Initiative-wide gathering


Additional Expectations:

  • An understanding of or willingness to understand complex social issues, systems of oppression, community engagement, and social change
  • A willingness to honor people’s different experiences of leadership and social change in our communities
  • Serve as an ambassador of the Initiative – represent the organization in a positive and supportive manner
  • A willingness to share your expertise and knowledge, talents and wisdom, lived experiences, etc. to strengthen the organization and Initiative efforts underway across the Watershed
  • A willingness to leverage applicable relationships within your network(s) to support and strengthen the Initiative through new resources (includes fundraising), connections, and aligned opportunities
  • Make an annual financial contribution to the Initiative –no set minimum contribution


Not Specified


Unpaid Board Position

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:


Please apply using this application.

More info at our Community Board info page.


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