WRPA Needs Your Talent and Energy; Volunteer with Us Today! 

WRPA promotes the excellence of current and future Parks and Recreation professionals through advocacy, education, networking, and training. To that end, there are many volunteer leaders in our state that support lobbying and professional development opportunities for the profession.  

Our association could not thrive and provide great trainings each year without our volunteers. We have a great need to help build up some of our committees. Consider joining one of our great committees and help us serve our profession.

Committee Directory

There are volunteer opportunities available with the following committees. We are always on the hunt for Membership and Sponsorship Committee Members:

2022 Conference Committee

Are you looking at getting involved with WRPA? We are looking for motivated team members to help us plan for next year.

The Conference Committee is one of our largest committees that helps to oversee the WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow. Their purpose is to develop the goals and structure of the conference as well as to create the theme. The Annual Conference & Tradeshow draws 400+ attendees for 2-3 days of professional training. The conference is typically held in the spring and is an amazing way to network and learn from your colleagues.

If you are interested in enhancing your communication skills, sharing your perspective, and leading a team? Contact the WRPA office.

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2021 Fall Event Planning Committee

Are you looking at getting involved with WRPA? We are looking for motivated team members to help us plan for this risk management and leadership focused event.

The Conference Committee is one of our largest committees that helps to oversee the WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow. Their purpose is to develop the goals and structure of the conference as well as to create the theme. The Annual Conference & Tradeshow draws 400+ attendees for 2-3 days of professional training. The conference is typically held in the spring and is an amazing way to network and learn from your colleagues.

If you are interested in enhancing your communication skills, sharing your perspective, and leading a team? Contact the WRPA office.

WRPA Conference Education Committee (CEC)

Are you passionate about professional development? Does the idea of developing robust, exciting learning experiences for your peers excite you? Have you ever walked away from a conference or learning opportunity and thought "I really wish there was a session that touched on XYZ topic, that would have been great!"?

If you answered yes, then the Conference Education Committee might be a perfect fit for you! The CEC is searching for a wide variety of volunteers to help build programming that is relevant to all facets of recreation and parks, including professionals from a multitude of industry program areas, representation from all association districts, and members with varying levels of experience in the field.

For more information or to join this committee, please contact Sarah Olson at [email protected] or Jennifer Papich at [email protected].

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WRPA Membership Committee

Are you looking at getting involved with WRPA? WRPA's membership committee is looking for enthusiastic members to help the association focus on retaining and growing the membership base. Another goal of this committee is to inspire WRPA members to actively participate in the association, as well as to helping to ensure member satisfaction

If you are interested in enhancing your communication skills, collecting feedback, and helping this committee form new ideas around membership please contact the WRPA office.

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Communications Committee Newsletter Chair

Are you looking at getting involved with WRPA? The person in this position helps gather information for the Bi-Monthly Newsletter. The goal of all WRPA communication is to inform, educate, and connect members and supporters of WRPA to further the Association’s mission: promoting excellence in current and future parks and recreation professionals through advocacy, networking, education, and training.

This position supports WRPA’s overall marketing and communication strategy by working closely with WRPA staff, committee team members, and a WRPA Board Liaison to help guide the direction of newsletter content. In this position, you would have the opportunity to connect with many other members to collect new, photos, and member spotlights.

If you are interested in enhancing your communication skills, sharing your perspective, and leading a team? Contact the WRPA office.

One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Have you wanted to volunteer, but do not have the time year-round? Participate in one of these one-time volunteer opportunities instead!

  • Board Nominations Committee: Work with the Past President to asses Board nominations from the membership and formulate the 2021-2022 slate to be presented to the Board.
  • Awards Committee: Work with the Past President to judge all of our wonderful Award submission that will be presented at the Annual Conference.

For questions or to join, contact Paul Simmons, WRPA Past President

Whether it is through communications, events, or sponsorship, you can use WRPA volunteer opportunities to gain valuable professional experience, support the broader Park and Recreation field, and most importantly, have fun! Wherever you are in your career, there is a place for you to both serve and grow with WRPA. Please visit the WRPA Committee Directory for a full list of volunteer opportunities and corresponding job descriptions. If you are interested in volunteering, email the office at [email protected] or call 206-361-8869