Volunteer (Non-Paid) Position--Noise Review Board

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 5/25/2023

The Noise Review Board is unique in the United States in offering citizens and the business community a direct way to be involved in helping set the City of Portland's policies related to the environmental issue of noise pollution.

The five-member board is comprised of three community at-large representatives, as well as from the construction industry professional, and a professional working in the field of acoustics.

The Noise Review Board is responsible for advocating for the Portland Community in noise-related policy-making decisions and committed to work with the Noise Program to advise or make recommendations to the Portland City Council on sound-related code and policy decisions.

Noise review board activities include:

  • Review complex requests for a variance from the noise code, Title 18 of the City of Portland (see Title 18). This includes study and analyze applications for complex noise variances, in which members of the public ask to vary the code for projects and special events.
  • Help establish the direction the City is headed in addressing emerging noise problems in the community.

Total number of advisory seats: 5

Number of seats available: 1

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You have an interest in effective, equitable noise review policies, processes, and outcomes.
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You believe in the value of public participation in government processes.
  • You can work collaboratively and effectively with people representing diverse interests.
  • You have a perspective on navigating the community as a person with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
Time Commitment
  • Monthly meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings (6:00 p.m.) on Zoom until further notice.
  • Members are involved for a duration of three-year terms and can serve up to two terms. Appointments to fill a vacancy will serve the remainder of that term and then serve two full terms, but no more than eight consecutive years.
  • The anticipated time commitment per month is 3 hours. Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Our goal is to distribute materials a week in advance.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.

We Remove Barriers
Let us know if there are barriers to your participation.

Volunteer Ethics
People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.Applications are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory committee’s staff liaison at Juliette Olivella, at Juliette.OlivellaLopez@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-6650. Juliette is available between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Se habla Español.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information. The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the Noise Program https://www.portland.gov/bds/noise and the Noise Review Board Noise Review Board | Portland.gov .

Past meetings and hearings of the Noise Review Boar are available here Past Meetings and Hearings | Noise Review Board | Portland.gov

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Juliette.OlivellaLopez@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-865-6650 (Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Se habla Español.

Meeting Location

Currently, many advisory bodies are meeting remotely due to COVID-19. In the future, meetings could: 1) be conducted fully remotely, or 2) be conducted remotely and in person (hybrid model). As the situation evolves, the exact meeting location may change based upon leadership direction and approval.

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