Become a RRCT Board Member

Do you love land conservation? Live in the Royal River watershed? Want to get involved?

Royal River Conservation Trust is always looking for new volunteer board members. Please read the job description and the expectations below. We would love to hear from you! We accept expressions of interest at any point, with a focused recruiting period beginning in February of each year.

Many future board members first serve on an RRCT committee, to get a sense of the organization. Our webpage has overview information on our mission, vision, and governance to help board prospects understand our work. Others volunteer or give generously as early steps toward board consideration. RRCT events are another way to get to know the organization and how you might fit in. Stop by the office or call us any time.

RRCT Board Member Job Description

Board members serve in an unpaid, volunteer capacity, and the Board works with the Executive Director and staff to provide strategic oversight and support for the mission of RRCT. Board members share a passion for land conservation, public access and active outdoor recreation. In addition, board members offer organizational leadership, professional skills, advocacy, and financial support. The Board of Directors represents the towns of the Royal River watershed:  Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Gray, New Gloucester, Pownal, Durham and Auburn. Board members serve staggered three year terms; most board members plan to serve several terms. The “Expectations and Responsibilities” section, below, describes more about how often the board meets, and how different board members contribute to the organization.

RRCT Board Member Expectations and Responsibilities

  • Passion and Commitment: As board members, we conserve land. We support public access and active outdoor recreation. We make communities stronger. We make our organization strong.
  • Give and Get and Grow: RRCT’s operating budget of $250,000/year requires generosity, along with our land acquisition and endowment campaigns. Nearly all of our operational funding is private and charitable. Board members are expected to “give and get and grow.” “Getting” can be as easy as helping with visits with foundations or major donors, working to strengthen municipal partnerships, and thanking others for generosity. “Giving” from our board members ranges from $50.00/yr to $5,000.00/yr. All board members are expected to contribute financially annually at some level, and to contribute at some level to all or most of our campaigns and events. “Growing” involves growing the organization with your networks, offering up or reaching up to your personal and professional contacts and helping reach out to new neighbors or new forums to broaden the networks and influence of RRCT.
  • Organizational Savvy & Leadership: We work in a complex world of non-profit organizations, governments, funding, staff, volunteers, and change. We depend upon teamwork and hard work every day. Most of our board members must at some point step to the plate to chair committees, chair campaigns, chair initiatives, or serve in executive leadership positions. All board members are expected to participate on at least one board-level committee. Board members are expected to attend most of roughly eight board meetings per year, committee meetings, and some of RRCT’s several signature events and programs.
  • Geography: We seek board leadership representing the towns we work in: Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Gray, New Gloucester, Pownal Durham, Auburn. We work in people’s backyards; our board has a passion for the entire watershed and its many communities.
  • Networks & Profile: We bring our personal, professional, neighborhood, and civic networks to the table to support organizational goals. We have a good reputation as individuals, and as an organization.
  • Professional Skills: Our board members serve on board committees and add value with skill and networks: law, real estate, marketing, communication, writing, graphics, finance, fundraising, and conservation, natural resources, land use, and project management.
  • Policy and Liability: RRCT maintains an insurance policy for directors and officers. We ask that directors affirmatively commit to compliance with board-adopted policies including policies to avoid conflicts of interest.

RRCT Board Member Recruiting Schedule

Recruiting happens all year long, inviting expressions of interest. In 2021 RRCT will actively begin Board member recruitment in early February. Please see the Board Member Application below if you are interested in becoming involved in 2021.

RRCT Board Member Application

If you are interested in becoming a Board member send a letter or email describing your interest and background to to PO Box 90, Yarmouth Me. 04096 | email address: | Call us at any time to learn more!

Or fill out the application below: