FVAS Board of Directors Opportunity: Now Accepting Applications!

Five Valleys Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society (FVAS) serving the Missoula area. Our chapter formed in 1977 and is one of nine Audubon Society chapters in Montana. Our mission is to promote the conservation of natural resources through our birding, education, and conservation activities.

We are seeking to fill two vacancies on the Board of Directors for a term beginning March 11, 2024. Directors serve in a volunteer capacity for a three-year term, renewable up to two terms.

Board members can focus their service on conservation, research, leadership, fundraising, or providing a skill set that will enhance the operations of FVAS. An ideal candidate will have lived experience working with and representing backgrounds and share an interest in nature, wildlife, the outdoors and the Missoula community.

Applicants are welcome to attend our February 5th board meeting at the Missoula Public Library in the Blackfoot Board Room at 6:00 pm to introduce themselves before the board votes on a candidate. Interested candidates  can apply by filling out this form: FVAS Board Member Application. Applicants will also need to attend the vote at the FVAS Chapter Meeting on March 11, 2024 at 7:00pm in Room 110 in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) on the University of Montana campus. Board terms will begin immediately after the vote.

Please don’t hesitate to direct any questions you might have to Board Secretary Andrea Stierle at andrea.stierle@mso.umt.edu.

FVAS is seeking candidates with any or all of the following qualifications:

  • Competencies and experience with equitable and inclusive leadership and growth.
  • We are actively recruiting board members with specific experience in conservation, naturalist education, leading field trips, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Candidates should share the following values:

  • We encourage the enjoyment of wildlife and our natural heritage.
  • We educate others about wildlife and the need to live in harmony with nature.
  • We advocate actions that favor wildlife and environmentally sensitive uses of resources.
  • We support research on wildlife and the environment.
  • We share and support the values and objectives of the National Audubon Society and Montana Audubon while focusing on local issues and projects.

Commitment Expectations:

  • Time commitment required: Approximately 4 to 8 hours a month
  • Attend monthly board meetings on the 1st Monday of each month September through May.
  • Attend monthly member meetings the 2nd Monday of each month September through May.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

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