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Apply Today! Portland Utility Board Membership Information & Application


Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

The Portland Utility Board (PUB) is a citizen oversight body for the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services and City Council management of those public utility bureaus. PUB has 11 voting members and three ex-officio members. One voting member of the PUB is a current employee in a represented bargaining unit with the Portland Water Bureau or the Bureau of Environmental Services. Members are appointed by the Mayor, in consultation with the Commissioner-in-Charge. The Mayor and Council strive to have PUB reflect the diversity of the Portland community.

PUB’s purpose is to advise the City Council, on behalf of and for the benefit of the citizens of Portland, on the financial plans, capital improvements, annual budget development and rate setting for the City's water, sewer, storm water, and watershed services. PUB advises Council on the establishment of fair and equitable rates, consistent with balancing the goals of customer needs, legal mandates, existing public policies, such as protecting water quality and improving watershed health, operational requirements, and the long-term financial stability and viability of the utilities.


To be eligible for the Portland Utility Board, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: Three 3-yr-term vacancies; one 1-yr-term vacancy.

Number of seats available: 4

Desired Attributes

  • You believe in the value of public participation in government process

  • You are an advocate for racial equity

  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions

  • Reside in or work predominantly in the city of Portland and have an interest in water, sewer, storm water, and watershed health issues, such as system development and maintenance, service delivery, service costs and impacts on low-income households, economic development, public health, conservation, green infrastructure or the environment.

  • Preferred appointees should have a range of qualified professional and academic expertise, and community volunteer experience. Skills that will serve the PUB well include: technical knowledge of water, stormwater, and sewer utility operation and issues, accounting, civil engineering, conservation, environmental sciences, health sciences, public administration, urban planning, or utility economics, financial and capital improvement analysis, ecosystem science, environmental protection, political process, group process, and communications.

Member Terms & Time Commitment

  • The PUB meets twice monthly on regular dates established by the members. The regular meeting times currently are the first Tuesday of the month from 4pm – 6:30pm and the third Thursday of the month from 11am – 1pm, unless there is a need to schedule at another time. Additional meetings may also be scheduled when necessary as determined by the Board Co-Chairs.

  • PUB members are appointed to serve for a term of three years. The terms of each member shall run from the date of the City Council's confirmation of the member's appointment, or other date as the Council may establish.

  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 48 hours in advance.

  • Members can expect to spend between 15 and 20 hours per month participating in subcommittees, attending on-site visits, reviewing materials, or otherwise preparing for meetings.

  • New members will be required to attend an onboarding training series of approximately 6 hours over the summer and approximately 4 hours of introductory budget training in the fall.

Public Official Conflict of Interest NoticeImage: People near a stream

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

Application Process

Applications are due on April 30, 2019.

To be considered, please be sure to submit a completed and signed application form, and your resumé if available. Send the application to


To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-1810.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

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