Call for New Board Members

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The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation (FOF) seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join its Board of Directors.  We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization promoting the conservation, appreciation, and sustainable enjoyment of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. We envision a Middlesex Fells Reservation where nature and people thrive in harmony, supported by a diverse and caring community conserving it for future generations. 

Our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan outlines five strategies to address our mission and vision:

  • Build a community that shares an appreciation for the Fells and comes together to enjoy, protect, and advocate for it.
  • Develop initiatives to protect and enhance the ecology of the Fells.
  • Provide opportunities for people to learn, enjoy, and care for the Fells.
  • Support DCR in the sustainable management of the Fells.
  • Grow our capacity to fulfill our mission.

Our imperative is to plan and execute our work through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Application Process

Interested? Please fill out this application form. We will review applicants on a rolling basis and follow up to schedule a time to get to know each other. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us a bit about yourself. 

 

What does joining the board mean?

The board is our governing body and the legal voice of the Friends. We work on strategy, set goals and objectives, oversee programs and activities, and oversee finances. Core expectations are listed below, with further details in our Board Member Agreement.

      • Support the mission, values, and vision of FoF. Candidates must show a willingness and commitment to get to know the organization, its volunteer base, and the community it serves and act as ambassadors for FoF in a knowledgeable and professional manner.
      • Prepare for and attend one board meeting per month. Board meetings are usually 90 minutes long with occasional exceptions. Preparation involves reading agenda materials in advance. Meetings are currently the second Tuesday of each month, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, with optional social time starting at 6:45 PM. Through the COVID era, all meetings have been virtual. Henceforth, some meetings may be virtual and some in person, or may be hybrid.
      • Serve on at least one committee. Current committees include Finance, Advocacy, Conservation, and Communications. This involves attending meetings–which typically are every month or two depending on the committee–and volunteering to do tasks that emerge from the committee meetings.
      • Minimum board participation is about 4 hours per month. Depending on your personal circumstances, we welcome additional participation, but recognize that people lead busy lives. We strive for a board culture that welcomes people in all phases of life and appreciate the time people dedicate to board service.
      • Attend special planning meetings/retreats as needed, including the Annual Meeting.
      • Give, what is for the individual, a significant monetary donation each year.
      • Commit to a two-year renewable term.

We aim to make serving on our board a rich experience for board members, providing an opportunity to collaborate with others who value the Middlesex Fells and make a difference. Please reach out to chris.redfern@fells.org if you have any questions.