The City Council currently has more than 20 advisory boards, commissions and committees. Members are unpaid volunteers who devote countless hours of their time to these community activities. Participants can have an impact in their local community by providing the City Council with timely input on important issues.

Who Can Volunteer?
You are eligible to serve on an advisory board or commission if you reside in Corvallis or within Corvallis' Urban Growth Boundary, or if you are employed or self-employed full time in Corvallis. Visit the links on the left for information about individual advisory boards and commissions.

Ready to Apply?
You are encouraged to attend advisory board and commission meetings and offer your comments. A guide to speaking at City meetings is available here. When you're ready, use the links below to review current vacancies and apply online.

The City Council has adopted the following Guiding Principles for Public Engagement:

  • Collaborative Decision Making - Enhance and support community-driven democracy in city government. Ensure that all participants listen and attempt to understand different viewpoints.
  • Diversity – Seek input from all viewpoints, backgrounds, and philosophies. Treat each person with dignity, fairness, and respect.
  • Openness and Respect - Promote fair, open and respectful processes that allow all who are interested or affected to have an equal opportunity to participate.
  • Inclusiveness - Create a variety of ways for community members to participate and influence decisions.
  • Accountability - Use decision-making processes that are transparent and that create decisions that can be tracked with clearly defined responsibilities.
City advisory boards serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council. Typically, each term of office runs for three years, and members may serve up to three consecutive terms or nine years. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. A handout concerning public records and public meetings is available here.
When the need arises, the City Council may also establish task forces, which are created for specific purposes, are short-term in nature, and are disbanded when their work is completed. Department Advisory Committees (DACs), which do not report to the City Council, may be established to advise departments or department directors on specific topic areas. Meetings for DACs that advise more than one City employee are open to the public and their meetings are posted on the website calendar.
Visit the Volunteer page for more information about volunteer opportunities with the City of Corvallis



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