District boards work cooperatively as a unit to plan and oversee implementation of their district’s programs. District boards set up their own administrative structure and committees as needed, though state statutes requires that every board select a chairperson and secretary. The Marion SWCD board elects a chairperson, vice chairperson and a secretary/treasurer at each January board meeting.

Board members only have power when acting as a part of the district board, they do not have individual powers or authorities, though they may be given authority to act on behalf of the board in specific, limited tasks such as: staff supervision, project management, serving as spokesperson, and signing documents. Customary duties and responsibilities of all individual board members include:

  • Attend and actively participate in all board meetings.
  • Be prepared for board meetings.
  • Carry out committee responsibilities.
  • Help with district functions and event.s
  • Participate in continuing educational workshops and attend area and state meetings of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.
  • Stay knowledgeable of local conservation issues
  • Promote the district’s work to local landowners, constituents, agencies, and organizations
  • Promote the district’s work to legislators and other decision makers regarding district funding

Please contact our office at 503-391-9927 for more information on becoming a director.