Volunteers are and always have been, an integral part of Plymouth Town Government. It is volunteers, elected or appointed, who serve on committees that give of their time and talents and make policies that shape the future of the Town.
Select Board Appointed Positions
Do you have a special interest in a particular area? Do you have a special talent that you would be willing to share? Would you just like to be involved? Complete the Select Board's Volunteer Application online, if you are interested in serving in one of the many boards and committees in the Town of Plymouth. Learn more about all of the Boards and Committees by visiting their web pages.
The following Select Board-appointed boards and committees currently have vacancies; apply before October 10, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. The Select Board will consider appointments at the October 17, 2023 meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall, 26 Court Street.
Affordable Housing Trust (1 Vacant At-Large Seat and 1 Vacant Realtor Seat): The Plymouth Affordable Housing Trust assists in identifying housing needs and housing opportunities for all income levels, while at the same time preserving our Town's character and resources. The Affordable Housing Trust meets once a month, generally on a Wednesday, at 8:00 a.m. in a hybrid meeting format (in-person and Zoom).
Conservation Commission (1 Vacant Seat): The Plymouth Conservation Commission is responsible for the protection and management of Plymouth's natural resources and the administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (General Laws Chapter 131, Section 40), including the Rivers Protection Act. The vacancy is to fill a term, that will expire June 30, 2025. The Conservation Commission meets on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Climate Action Net Zero Committee (4 Vacant Seats): The mission of the Climate Action/Net Zero Committee (CANZ) is to identify and advocate for equitable climate adaptation actions and greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies in sectors such as municipal, commercial, and residential buildings, transportation, energy systems, and land use. The CANZ Committee is currently working on Plymouth’s Climate Action/Net Zero Decarbonization Plan, with a strategy for engaging community members and organizations to gather input, as well as outlining the scope of the plan. The CANZ Committee will analyze current emissions, identify initiatives and measures that might be taken to reduce emissions, and set goals and targets. The CANZ Committee meets generally once a month, depending on associated projects and topics.
Energy Committee (1 Vacant Alternate Seat): The Energy Committee's mission is to encourage and facilitate energy conservation, energy-efficient practices, and the use of sustainable energy in the Town of Plymouth, including public buildings, properties, and residential homes. The Energy Committee is comprised of five members and up to two alternate members who are appointed by the Select Board for three-year overlapping terms. The Energy Committee meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
Natural Resources & Coastal Beaches Committee (1 Vacant Seat - Citizen At-Large): The Natural Resources & Coastal Beaches Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Select Board on matters relating to the Town’s coastal and freshwater wetlands, barrier beaches, coastal plain ponds, and conservation properties that have beaches/waterfront. The Committee generally meets once or twice a month, depending on associated projects and topics.
Water Conservation Committee (2 Vacant Seats): The Water Conservation Committee works in close collaboration with the Plymouth Water Division and Public Works Department to advocate, promote, educate, and bring awareness to Plymouth officials, employees, residents, and businesses on the importance of Water Conservation and how everyone plays an important role. Currently, the Water Conservation Committee is in a reformation period and the Committee as a whole will determine the best dates and times to meet moving forward.
Distinguished Visitors Committee (Multiple Positions Available): In 2011, the Select Board formed the Distinguished Vistors Committee and charged the Committee to be responsible for coordinating the itinerary of distinguished visitors when visiting Plymouth. The Committee also assists in determining the makeup of any delegation from Plymouth that is traveling in an official capacity (e.g. Shichigahama, Japan; Plymouth, England, etc.). The Committee is the entity responsible for interviewing and selecting the Plymouth students who will be visiting Shichigahama and/or international destinations as part of a sister/twin city relationship.
Cable Advisory Committee (2 Vacant Seats): The Cable Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing complaints, suggestions, and issues raised relative to the cable system, the licensee, and the services provided, and to make recommendations to the Select Board on such matters. The Committee meets on an as-needed basis.
Complete the Select Board's Volunteer Application online. Residents are also able to submit a letter of interest, outlining the rationale as to why they would like to be appointed. Residents may also submit a resume, although that is not required, Town Manager's Office at Plymouth Town Hall, 26 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360. Questions? Call 508-747-1620 ext. 10100
Planning Board Appointed Positions
The Planning Board also seeks citizens interested in serving on the following committees:
- West Plymouth Steering Committee
- Plymouth Center Steering Committee
If you have any specific questions regarding these committees, please contact the Office of Planning and Development at 508-747-1620, ext. 10141. Citizens interested in being considered should send a letter of interest to the Plymouth Planning Board, 26 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360.
For more information regarding boards and committees, visit the Town's website.