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City of Goleta accepting applications for Parks and Recreation commissioners

Posted at 2:47 PM, Jul 30, 2020

The City of Goleta announced Thursday that it is accepting applications for two Parks and Recreation commissioners, including one student position.

According to a news release, serving the Goleta community as a Parks and Recreation commissioner is "a great opportunity to be involved in meaningful projects."

"Parks and Recreation Commissioners are committed and passionate about what they do because they understand the important role that Parks and Open Spaces have in a community and the benefit they provide to our residents," said Joanne Plummer, Parks and Recreation manager.

City officials said the position is also a great college resume builder and community service opportunity for students.

The Parks and Recreation Commission advises the Goleta City Council on all issues related to parks and recreational opportunities, including the acquisition, development, maintenance and improvement of the city's public parks, recreational services and open spaces.

Eligible applicants must live within Goleta's city limits. For the student position, the applicant must be between the ages of 15-21.

Commissioners must serve a four-year term, with the exception of the student commissioner, who is appointed for a one-year term.

Parks and Recreation commissioners must attend meetings that are held every two months on the first Wednesday of every even month at 6 p.m. Meetings are currently being held virtually, according to city officials.

Commissioners are compensated at the rate of $50 per meeting, said city officials. The student commissioner may choose to waive their compensation and receive community service credit instead.

"I was able to see the community through a lens that very few people my age are able to experience," said Nora Kelly, former Parks and Recreation student commissioner. "It was a joy to see so many advancements come to life and to see all the plans in place for the future."

The Parks and Recreation Commission contributed to the completion of the Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, renovation of the athletic field behind the Goleta Valley Community Center and the design of the Community Garden to be built next year.

Interested community members can apply by clicking here. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 10. Community members can ask questions about the vacant positions by emailing