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Posted on: March 4, 2015

15-008 State Parks seeks whitewater representative to serve on Boating Program Advisory Council

Updated April 3, 2015: The deadline to apply for a position has been extended to April 20, 2015.

OLYMPIA – March 4, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Recreational Boating Program invites whitewater boaters to apply for an open position on the program’s Boating Program Advisory Council.

The Boating Program Advisory Council is a 15-member committee that provides recommendations to the program on ways to enhance boating safety statewide for all types of recreational boating. The term of service for the position is three years.

The Council meets four times a year at the Washington State Parks Headquarters Office in Tumwater. Meetings typically occur twice in the spring and twice in the fall and generally run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Council may be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with State Parks policy.

Council members are selected from applications and appointed by the Commission or a designee. The committee comprises members from boating clubs with statewide membership, citizens-at-large and public agencies. Membership includes the Northwest Marine Trade Association, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Recreational Boating Association of Washington, Northwest Boating Council, Association of Washington Cities, Washington Association of County Officials, U.S. Power Squadrons, Pacific International Yachting Association, Washington Water Trails Association. Also represented on the committee are other boating interests, including safety education, unaffiliated boaters, manual-powered watercraft owners, personal watercraft owners, anglers and hunters and whitewater boaters.

Interested parties are invited to request an application by contacting Doni Thomas, Boating Program administrative assistant, at (360) 902-8832 . In addition to the application, candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a resume and three references. Application materials are due by March 25 and may be submitted by e-mail or by postal service, to:

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Boating Programs P.O. Box 42654
Olympia, WA 98504-2654

Washington State Parks Boating Program
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission administers the state’s Recreational Boating Safety and Clean Vessel Act programs. Both programs are funded by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. The goal of these programs is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of Washington waterways, and keep recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime. Partners include law enforcement agencies, state agencies, marinas and boating organizations across Washington.

For more information on the Boating Program and boating regulations, visit or call 360-902-8555.

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Media contacts:
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wade Alonzo, (360) 902-8836
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388


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