Volunteer on a Board or Committee

All boards, committees, and commissions consist of citizens who contribute their time for the benefit of the Town of Norfolk. These committees work toward solving complex issues and recommending policy that helps to shape the kind of community in which we live. We are fortunate to have many volunteers whose knowledge and skills can be applied to our Town Government. 

The boards, committees, and commissions listed in this section have been created through the Town bylaws (Town Code). In addition, temporary committees may be created for a specific period of time or for a specific purpose by the Select Board or Town Administrator or by one of the permanent committees. 

There are often various membership opportunities available. Terms of office vary from one to five years. Membership on some committees requires particular expertise, which is described on each committee's page. Some committees have associate non-voting members as well as full members. On those committees, vacancies on the full committee are typically filled from the pool of associates.

                                Current Vacancies  6/21/23

Board/Committee Vacancy Membership type
   
Advisory Committee 2 full members
   
Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Taxation fund 3 full members
   
Community Preservation Committee Precinct 4 - 1 full member beginning July 1, 2024
   
Conservation Commission 1 full member
   
Design Review Board 2 full members
   
Energy Committee 2 full members; 2 associate members 
   
Fire Station Building Committee 1 full member
   
Historical Commission 1 full member
   
Norfolk Cultural Council several vacancies
   
Planning Board 1 associate member
   
Southwest Advisory Planning Committee 1 full member 
   
Zoning Board of Appeals 1 associate member 

Interested in Volunteering?

  • Applicants must live in Norfolk. 
  • Check out Norfolk's complete list of boards, committees, and commissions. Each page reviews the committee's charge, schedule, and current members. To better understand the time commitment needed, it is best to reach out to past and/or current committee members. 
  • If you are interested in a specific committee, we encourage you to attend a meeting or two and introduce yourself to the committee chairperson to express your interest.
Still not sure? Here's a few more reasons to volunteer:

  • Add to your resume
  • Be aware of important events in town
  • Help guide your community
  • Learn more about your community
  • Meet people
  • Take charge of a project
  • Watch your ideas get implemented
Application Process:

  • Complete a Request for Committee Appointment Form.
  • Reach out to the board/committee/commission chairperson.
  • If you are a good fit, the chairperson will be in touch. If not, your name will be put on our list of potential volunteers for future vacancies on other boards/committees. We are always looking for volunteers! 
Please reach out to Judith Lizardi at 508-440-2855 or jlizardi@norfolk.ma.us if you have any questions about current vacancies.