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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Portland Parks Board Seeks New Members

Deadline for Applicants Extended - April 16, 2020

Staff Liaison - Brooke Gardner, 503-823-5135

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Heron Lakes Green Back Golf CoursePortland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) cares for and maintains more than 11,000 acres of lands and offers thousands of programs for all ages at its community centers, swimming pools, and other recreation facilities. It is a premier City of Portland Bureau that depends on a workforce of 627 permanent employees, 2,948 part-time and seasonal employees, and over 6,000 volunteers. The Portland Parks Board provides support, advocacy and guidance for the overall parks system.

The Portland Parks & Recreation Board will have up to six vacancies to fill on July 1, 2020. If you are interested in applying for one of the vacant positions, please complete the application form. Applications will be accepted through April 16, 2020. Interviews and candidate selection will occur in April and May 2020.

Basketball clinic, Kenton ParkPurpose and Role of the Portland Parks & Recreation Board
The essential purpose of the Portland Parks Board is to advocate for the well-being of, and equitable access to, Portland Parks & Recreation services. This advisory board utilizes the recommendations of the Parks 2020 Vision and other PP&R strategic initiatives adopted by City Council at the forefront of discussions; ensuring that parks, natural areas, open spaces and recreation facilities are advanced throughout the city; providing continuity when transitions occur in the leadership of PP&R and City Council; and providing a forum for public discussion and advising on park issues, bringing a city-wide and long-term perspective to neighborhood-based issues.

Board activities include:

  • Advise City Council, the Commissioner, and the Director on policy matters pertaining to PP&R, using the Parks 2020 Vision and the Five-Year Racial Equity Plan as guides
  • Uphold and incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives into Parks Board and PP&R work
  • Participate in the preparation and contents of the PP&R annual budget
  • Review and advocate on plans and policies, either existing or being developed, city- or region-wide, that affect parks and recreation in the City of Portland
  • Attend PP&R events and celebrations
  • Prepare and submit an annual report to the City Council which summarizes the Board’s activities during the year and identifies the major issues facing PP&R along with the Board’s recommendations for addressing them in the coming year

Member Eligibility
To be eligible for the PP&R Board, members must live, work, play, go to school, or worship in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats on the Portland Parks Board: 15
Number of seats available: 6

Desired Attributes of potential board members

  • Members should demonstrate a commitment to Portland Parks & Recreation and to the mission of the Board.
  • Ability to bring a system-wide perspective to the Board while striving to not represent individual interests or areas of the City.
  • The membership of the Board shall strive to reflect the demographic and geographic diversity of the City.

Terms and Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of the month, from 8:00am to 10:00am, with additional sub-committee work outside of that meeting time.
  • Members serve terms of 3 years with a limit of 2 consecutive terms.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time and arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review are typically sent one week in advance, but they may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 48 hours in advance.

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We Remove Barriers
Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice
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 form will be provided for you to fill out after you have submitted your application.

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To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison, Brooke Gardner at or 503-823-5135.

Application Process - Applications are due by April 16, 2020

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word or hardcopy version of the application. Email to request an alternate version.

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Voluntary and 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

We Encourage You to Apply
We welcome you to browse the PP&R website to learn more about Portland Parks & Recreation.

Do you have questions or need more information? 
Email Brooke Gardner or call at 503-823-5135.