Volunteer (non-paid) position on the Noise Review Board

City of Portland, Oregon
February 12, 2021
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

This is a volunteer, non-paid, non-employment position.

The Noise Review Board works to improve neighborhood livability by striking a balance between sound-generating activities related to construction, special events, and other issues, and the desire for livable communities. The Board reviews and sets mitigation conditions for noise variance applications, in which public agencies, commercial construction, and large-event representatives ask to vary the code for projects and special events public ask to vary the code for projects and special events. Additionally, the Board is responsible for recommending sound-related policy decisions

Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings on Zoom until further notice.
  • The anticipated time commitment per month is 3 hours
    1. Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.
  • 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.
  • 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 Remove Barriers
Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. When the Noise Review Board is able to meet in person again, dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Prior to social distancing, meetings took place at City Hall on Wednesday evenings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

To Qualify

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

Number of seats available: 1

What We Hope For
We are looking for a professional in acoustics from any part of Portland 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. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved.
  • 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 insight about racial and ethnic communities who need representation the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You have professional experience measuring sound, and understanding the technical aspects of noise mitigation

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. You have professional experience measuring sound, and understanding the technical aspects of noise mitigation.
  2. Availability to regularly attend meetings and events.
  3. Ability to prepare for meetings on your own time.
  4. Commitment to working with a diversity of people, in terms of age, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender, disability, culture, religion, etc.
  5. Ability to contribute to productive group processes and collective work in a collaborative, multicultural, and/or multilingual setting.
  6. Commitment and experience listening and considering other perspectives which may be different from your own.
  7. Knowledge and experience supporting and/or advancing equitable outcomes.

The Recruitment Process

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 15, 2021. This deadline may be extended.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at Katherine.couch@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-6650.

Additional Information

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.

Volunteer Meeting Location
Currently, many volunteer positions are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. In the
future, current volunteer opportunities could: 1) remain remote, 2) become a mix of remote and meet onsite, 3) revert to meet a city work location. As the social distance situation evolves, the exact location of the volunteer activities may change based upon leadership direction and approval.Closing Date/Time: 3/15/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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