Apply to the Portland Utility Board!

Apply to join the Portland Utility Board!

Deadline to apply is Monday, April 18, 11:59 p.m.


No prior experience serving on boards or working with public utilities is required!

We encourage community members with diverse lived, work, and community experience and a passion for clean drinking water, healthy communities, and healthy watersheds to apply.

Serving on the Portland Utility Board (PUB) is a unique opportunity to give community voice, perspective, and influence the budget and policy decisions of the Portland Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, and City Council.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge about the inner workings of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services; the policy and budget issues related to water, sewer, and utilities; and how City government works. You’ll have the chance to use and develop your skills and experience working on a collaborative board and presenting recommendations to bureau leadership and elected officials.

Interested? Details and the application are contained in the attached Word document.

You can learn more about the Board by visiting:

A PDF version of the application is  also available online:

How to apply Complete the attached application. Submit by email to

Support for your participation

We remove barriers to participation by providing the following participation supports:

  1. Honorarium — Voting members may receive a monetary honorarium of up to $500 per calendar year from the City for volunteer service.
  2. Technology support — if needed for your participation in virtual meetings. 
  3. Trimet and parking passes; food —If/when meeting in person
  4. Interpretation and Translation  
  5. Materials in an alternative format, auxiliary aids, or other accommodations

Don’t let a barrier deter you from applying! If we missed something let us know. Please contact Board support staff with any requests, questions, or concerns so we can address them together.

Questions? Request the application in another language or format. Trouble with the application? Interested in talking with a current Board member about their experiences on the Board?  

Contact the Portland Utility Board at 503-823-1810,