Volunteer Opportunities

Committee Application form can be found HERE.

Committees Currently Recruiting for Existing, Projected, or Potential Vacancies (as of 1/26/2024)

Commission on Disabilities
(applicant should self-identify as having a disability)
Conservation Commission1
Council of Economic Advisors2
(one large business representative, one downtown business owner)
Design Review Board2
(one at-large Select Board appointment, one Planning Board appointment who should have background in the design profession)
Needham Branding and Town Seal Committee
(Moderator's designee, at-large)
Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund2
Norfolk County Advisory Board1
Permanent Public Building Committee1
(applicant should have background in construction and/or architecture)
Representative to the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee1
Personnel Board1 (Moderator appointment)
Stormwater By-Law Working Group1 (applicant should be a builder/developer)

           Unless otherwise noted, all appointments are made by the Select Board

Stormwater By-Law Working Group

The Select Board is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on the Stormwater By-Law Working Group. This group will study updates to the Town's Stormwater By-Law (Chapter 7 of the General By-Laws) relative to federal stormwater quality compliance and capacity.  The Select Board will appoint one resident who is a builder, and three at-large residents with an interest or professional background in stormwater. 

Design Review Board

Both the Needham Planning Board and the Select Board are seeking applications from persons interested in filling two positions on the Design Review Board.  The Select Board will appoint a member doing retail business in the Town.  The Planning Board will appoint a qualified person with a background in the design profession, preferably architecture.

The selected persons will fill a one year and a two-year term respectively.  The Design Review Board regularly meets on two Mondays of each month at 7:30pm, either in person or remotely.  These are volunteer positions (serving without compensation) filled via the appointments.

Interested persons are encouraged to complete the online application related to Applicant Interest Form and send a letter of interest with resume to the Planning Board at:

Planning Board, Public Services Administration Bldg., 500 Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA  02492 or planning@needhamma.gov.  

Personnel Board

The Town Moderator, Michael Fee, is seeking applicants interested in being considered for appointment to the Needham Personnel Board. The Needham Personnel Board consists of five persons (registered voters) appointed by the Moderator for three-year terms.  The Personnel Board is an advisory board which serves an important role in our Town’s system of checks and balances.  Under our Town Charter (Sec. 20B) and the Needham General By-Laws (Sec. 1.11), the Personnel Board represents the legislative branch of our town government (Town Meeting) by assessing certain issues relating to human resource decisions affecting non-school department employees in Needham. 

Pursuant to the Needham By-Law, the Personnel Board “advises the executive branch [Select Board and Town Manager] on strategic human resources and collective bargaining matters.” The Personnel Board also reviews articles in the Town Meeting Warrant that relate to human resources, consults with the Select Board and the Finance Committee about them, and makes recommendations to Town Meeting on expenditures proposed to fund collective bargaining agreements. Personnel-related costs are the largest component of our town’s annual operating budgets. For this reason, the objective perspective of a panel of citizens is very valuable to Town Meeting and more broadly to our town.

This is a volunteer position. Experience in the human resources field or experience with collective bargaining is helpful. Applicants are encouraged to send questions or expressions of interest and resumes to the Town Moderator at mfee@verrill-law.com or complete the Applicant Interest Form.

Applications, or any questions or requests for information, may be submitted to:

Click HERE to access the Committee Interest Form. For questions regarding the process, please email mtucker@needhamma.gov or call 781-455-7500 x204.