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The mission of the Pierce Conservation District is to work with the community to improve water quality, promote sustainable agriculture, create thriving habitat, and build a just and healthy food system for all, through education, community engagement, and financial and technical assistance.

The District strives to make available technical, financial and education resources, regardless of their source, to all land users and citizens of the District. To fulfill this mission effectively and efficiently the District must coordinate and collaborate with numerous agencies and organizations and reach out to the residents of the District. The Board of Supervisors should be adequately informed about renewable natural resource conservation concerns and opportunities and land user needs. There is a tremendous diversity of land users in the District, representing varied interests, objectives and needs. It is impractical for a five-member Board of Supervisors to adequately represent such diversity and thoroughly understand the variety of needs and concerns that exist.  Furthermore, the opportunities for collaboration and coordination with non-government partners, funders and community leaders are endless and requires ability to cultivate relationships and understanding. Therefore, the Board relies on paid staff and Associate Supervisors for input and to help inform their decisions, develop community partnerships and promote the programs and services of the District.

Powers and Duties of Associate Supervisors

Associate Supervisors serve the District in a similar capacity as a member of the Board of Supervisors, with the primary exception of not having authority to vote on official actions of the Board. Like the Board of Supervisors, Associate Supervisors are considered municipal officers subject to certain limitations and restrictions associated with contracting with the District and must also comply with the State Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, among other policies of municipal governance. Unlike Supervisors, Associate Supervisors are not exempt from cost sharing limitations.  Associate Supervisors serve without compensation; however, they may be reimbursed for expenses incurred conducting District business such as conference registrations, travel and lodging.  This reimbursement only happens with the expressed written permission of the Executive Director.  The following is a list of some of the more common duties performed by Associate Supervisors: 

  • Advise the Board of Supervisors on various subjects for which individual Associate Supervisors have experience or special expertise;
  • Represent the interests of underrepresented sectors of the community;
  • Serve on special committees organized by the Board;
  • Represent the Board on committees, commissions, councils, work groups, and associations formed by other organizations, as directed by the Board;
  • Build relationships and networks with non-governmental partners, community leaders and funders to advance our work;
  • Assist with outreach and education programs;
  • Assist with the implementation of District projects as a volunteer;
  • Collect information and feedback from residents and recipients of District services and programs.

Criteria & Qualifying Standards for Appointment

Associate Supervisors are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serve the District under the general direction and discretion of the Board.  The criteria for appointment are determined by the Board on a case-by-case basis to fit the needs of the District at any given moment in time. There are no minimum qualifying standards that must be maintained.  Up to five Associate Supervisors may serve the District at any given time. 

Terms of Office
Terms of office for Associate Supervisors are for 3 years with staggered terms. The Board annually evaluates the activities of the Associate Supervisors through, the Associate Supervisors Program Committee of the Board, to determine whether or not the interests of the District are being adequately and properly served by the appointments. The Board may terminate the appointment of Associate Supervisors at any time.

Recruitment, Application & Appointment
The Associate Supervisor Program Committee will use the following process and schedule each year for recommending appointments to the full Board of Supervisors:
Summer: Review performance of existing Associate Supervisors; Review skills and background needs of the District and identify any gaps; Discuss with incumbent Associate Supervisor about their willingness to continue service; Begin recruitment for open positions; An online application process will be utilized.
Fall: Review applications; interview candidates; make recommendations to the full Board of Supervisors for appointment or reappointment

To Apply:

Fill out the form attaching both a cover letter and resume complete with three (3) professional references.

Application Deadline: Monday, August 17, 2020 by 4:00pm.

Contact Information:

Ryan Mello
Executive Director
253.845.9770 ext 107