**Now accepting applications for the Park Police Advisory Council, Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board, and Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission)**

Appointments Overview

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners appoints community members to ongoing advisory board commission appointments within Minneapolis. Members of these committees advise park Board Commissioners and other agencies on a wide variety of subjects by making recommendation on important policy matters. Residents of Minneapolis can apply and volunteer to serve on a committee by completing the below application.

Please note that completed applications and additional application material that you provide may be subject to public information.  The Park Board greatly values the contributions of volunteers and is committed to identifying and recruiting the best candidates to serve the community/park and recreation system. The mission, responsibilities and time commitments for each committee vary.

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A complete description of each committee can be found below:

Park Police Advisory Council

Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board

Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission

Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee

Glyphosate and Integrated Pest Management Community and Technical Advisory Committee

Racial Equity Advisory Committee

Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission (NCEC)

HomeGrown Mpls Food Council

Expectations of Service

Service is varied and based upon needs, expectations and policy goals. Most seats are volunteer positions and have an average expectation of approximately 10-15 hours of work per month. Some Boards/Commissions however have a need for specialized skills, but most people will find a Board or Commission that is a great fit for their knowledge base. Public members of board and commissions are people who may not have regular, ongoing experience in a specific topic area, but have a general interest in a board or commission’s work arena. This is a great opportunity to learn more about an area of interest and contribute a perspective that is fresh and unique to the service area. Appointees are expected to actively engage and participate once they are confirmed and appointed, so it is important that you are clear on your time and availability. Traveling within the City of Minneapolis to meetings can be a part of some board or commission expectations, so make sure that you factor in the location of meetings into your decision. Finally, each board or commission has a term during which they serve. Most terms are between 1-3 years and all board and commission members are subject to a no term limit. If you enjoyed serving and completed your term on one board or commission, consider seeking appointment to another board or commission. Your experience is invaluable!

Application for Advisory Appointments

If you are interested in being considered for an appointment to a Board Committee:

Complete the application online


Complete the Application Form and Voluntary Demographic Questionnaire [PDF]

You may also download, print and send completed forms to board.appointments@minneapolisparks.org, or mail to:

Community Outreach Department, Department Manager
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

For the questions pertaining to race, age and gender, the Park Board asks that you voluntarily provide that information. The Park Board will use this information for statistical purposes, such as tracking the geographical diversity of board and commission appointees. By providing this information, you will help us ensure that appointments represent a broad cross-section of the community. You are under no legal obligation to provide this information. State and federal law prohibit the use of this information to discriminate against you.

You can apply on your own behalf, nominate others for consideration, or inform the City Clerk's Office of someone to whom you would like application materials sent.

Completed Applications and Additional Materials

Your application tells the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board about you, your background and why you want to serve on an MPRB appointed board or committee. You may apply at any time, regardless of whether there is a current opening, as resignations occur throughout the year. Please type or use black ink when completing your application.

Please complete the application and include the supplemental information such as a resume and statement of interest (a cover letter). Please review all your information to ensure your form is complete! We will not accept emails with links to your information.

Once you submit your application, it will be placed in the appropriate Board or committee file for future consideration and kept for up to 1 year. Submission of an application does not mean that you will automatically be contacted, we will however, acknowledge the receipt of your form. If you are being actively considered for appointment, you will hear from the Community Outreach Department directly.

Applications can be returned via USPS (snail mail) or as a scanned email attachment. 

To email your scanned application, please send to: Board.appointments@minneapolisparks.org

Mail your completed application to:

Community Outreach Department, Department Manager
Board Appointments
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55411