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Recruitment overview and application requirements for various Civic Agencies, Boards and Commissions.

City Council appoints citizens to 18 civic boards and encourages those with a desire to share their passion, time and skills to serve as a volunteer board member.  

Photo of a smiling board member.Wondering what's in it for you?

Check out what some board members have to say about volunteering for a board.

Commonly Asked Questions

Why should I be a board member?

Being a board member is an opportunity to provide your voice to decisions and services that shape our community.  It is also an opportunity to sharpen leadership, business skills and gain a broader understanding of municipal government processes.

How much time does it take?

The time commitment varies depending on the board. Most boards have monthly meetings plus subcommittee meetings, and may have additional board-related activities throughout the year. 

Will I be paid?

A few boards offer remuneration to their members, but for the most part board members serve in a voluntary capacity. 

While most out-of-pocket, meeting related expenses (with receipts) are reimbursed for all members, those members who do not receive remuneration will also be reimbursed for any childcare expenses related to attendance at board meetings. 

How do I apply?

Recruitment for new board members takes place every January. All volunteer positions are filled using an application process. Not all boards require a new member each year.

Most board opportunities are volunteer; however, a few do offer remuneration because of their responsibilities and required time commitment. Preference is given to residents of Edmonton.

Short listed applicants will be asked to provide a brief biography and, if they are appointed as a Board Member, this information will be included in the City Council minutes as an introduction to City Council, the Board, and the citizens of Edmonton.

Most appointments are for one year, renewable for up to 6 consecutive years. Prior to reappointment, board members are evaluated. The evaluation criteria are outlined in Schedule 2 - re-appointment form (Summary of Evaluations for Members Eligible for Re-appointment) to City Policy C575C - Agencies, Boards, Committees and Commissions.

You can apply for a position on up to 3 boards but can only serve on 1 board at a time. Applicants use the Taleo Online Application System when positions are available.  Applicants must attach a resume plus 3 written letters of reference (a letter of interest is optional). 

Please be advised that individual recruitment campaigns may have their own, unique requirements.

For More Information

Civic Agencies Coordinator

Office of the City Clerk
300, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB   T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-442-4395
Fax 780-496-8175
Email civic.agencies@edmonton.ca

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