Apply to be a Prairie Rivers of Iowa (PRI) Board of Director Today!
The Prairie Rivers of Iowa Board of Directors is seeking new directors with skills and professional experience related to nonprofit operations, management and leadership, and fundraising in order to meet the needs of a growing organization. We are looking for new board members to begin in January 2024.
What Board of Directors volunteer membership provides for you:
- That good feeling of being part of the solution whether your interest is water quality, sustainable agriculture, historical restoration and preservation, pollinator habitat, or any of the other areas where Prairie Rivers of Iowa will assist and serve our communities.
- Opportunity to gain and share knowledge of major issues that face Iowans; through our staff and/or collaboration with some of the leading experts in the areas we serve.
- A place to voice your ideas on what are the problems you see and find help in solving those problems.
Prairie Rivers of Iowa has expectations of its board members in order to leverage everyone’s skills and talents and work to effectively achieve the mission of the organization. Expectations of board members include:
- Verbal contributions during discussions
- Involvement in one or more activities/committees that are of personal interest: examples;
- Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway and Iowa Scenic Valley Byway activities
- Serving on the Finance Committee
- Water Quality/Monitoring
- Pollinator Conservation
- Fundraising – by personal appeals to individuals or organizations
- Public appearances or talks with the public or media
- Assist in interviews, development of staff enhancements/benefits
- Grant writing assistance to staff if appropriate
- Serve as a liaison representing Prairie Rivers of Iowa with other groups or organizations and at events.
- We all strive to attend over 75% of our scheduled meetings. Typically, we meet about nine months/year.
- Donate your time and resources (expertise and financial) to the organization.
As a volunteer involved in a watershed coalition, I helped collect and share water monitoring data, but it was just data with little or no interpretation. I’m impressed that PRI Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug helps everyone make sense of it all, even challenging past assumptions. Similarly, Pollinator and Wildlife Specialist Jessica Butters is helping to build our understanding of pollinators and their importance. I hope to help them grow their reach, and inform and educate others. — PRI Board Member Rick Dietz