Wellesley Natural Resources Commission seeks to fill vacancy

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The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is seeking applications from Wellesley residents to fill a one-year appointed position on the Commission.

The spot opened when Lise Olney stepped down to start her newly won term as a Board of Selectmen member.

You can apply as an NRC candidate by sending a letter or resume stating qualifications and reasons for desiring to serve to NRC Director Brandon Schmitt at nrc@Wellesleyma.gov by end of day April 5, 2019.

Applicants should include relevant and specific experience in town activities and/or town government involvement supportive of the NRC’s purview and mission:

The mission of the Natural Resources Commission is to provide stewardship of, education about, and advocacy for the Town of Wellesley’s park, conservation, recreation, and open space system so the full value of the Town’s natural assets can be passed onto future generations.

The NRC is charged with the statutory responsibilities of Park Commission, Conservation Commission, Tree Warden, Pest Control Officer, and Town Forest Committee under Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 40, 45, 87, 131, and 132. The NRC is also responsible for appointing the Wetlands Protection Committee and the Wellesley Trails Committee.

NRC Commissioners are appointed to serve on the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), the Playing Fields Task Force (PFTF), and the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group (comprised of the Sustainable Energy Committee, the Department of Public Works, and the NRC), as well as various working groups and steering committees as applicable.

Responsibilities include attending NRC meetings two times per month and as needed; taking an active role in NRC projects and initiatives; attending affiliated meetings; participating in community events; and interacting with other elected officials, town departments, and grassroots and non-profit groups, within Wellesley, in nearby communities and regionally.

To learn more about the NRC, its mission, the Commission’s 2019 strategic goals, its current projects, and more, please visit the NRC’s website or feel free to contact the NRC director or current commissioners: www.wellesleyma.gov/NRC

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