Friends of Refuge Seeking Applications

Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is seeking applications for its Board of Directors. It’s a volunteer, unpaid position. Please submit your application no later than January 5, 2018.

Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (“Friends”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Refuge. Our mission is: promoting educational programs of the Ridgefield NWR, enhancing awareness and appreciation of the Refuge, and protecting and enhancing its wildlife habitat.

The Board of Directors is an action-oriented group which is passionate about its mission. The board retains responsibility for all aspects of the organization’s activity and delegates management responsibilities to staff. The Board retains all responsibility for finances and financial accountability, leadership development and governance. Board members serve three (3) year terms and contribute 10-15 hours per month to the program. The board meets monthly for 60-90 minutes and board members are expected to actively participate in projects or on committees with responsibility for resource development/fundraising, community outreach, leadership/human resources and strategic planning.


Interested candidates should have:

  1. A demonstrated interest and passion in the organization’s mission and goals.
  2. Specific experience or knowledge in at least one area: human resources, planning, finance, community outreach, nature/wildlife, the legal field.
  3. Volunteer or employment experience that demonstrates: professionalism, leadership ability, community service, collaborative skills, and effective communication abilities.
  4. A willingness to participate in board fundraising activities.
  5. A willingness to expand knowledge or board responsibilities through orientation and ongoing training.
  6. A willingness to represent the organization to the community.
  7. An ability to meet the time commitment requirements to be an effective board member.


Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest (and resume if desired) including the following information:

  1. Qualifications for the position including occupational/employment background and community service work.
  2. Interest in the Friends of the RNWR organization, the Refuge, and the position.
  3. A description of the skills and/or strengths the applicant would contribute to the organization.

Mail or Email resumes and letters of interest to Friends of the RNWR at:

P.O. Box 1022, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or

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