Volunteer Opportunities

How to Hold a Public Meeting

Volunteers interested in serving on a board, committee or commission should view the following video to understand how public meetings function and interact with the general public.

The Town Manager is seeking volunteers for the following committees and boards to fill regular member seats or associate member seats. If interested, please submit a volunteer application (PDF) to the Town Manager's office.
 
You may also wish to review the Board and Committee Handbook

Updated 07.03.18


​Agricultural Commission

The Agricultural Commission is a three member board, the commission shall develop a work plan to guide its activities which include, but are not limited, to the following: shall serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuit of agriculture in Bridgewater.  There are no vacancies on the Commission at this time.

​Affordable Housing Trust


The Affordable Housing Trust shall provide for the creation and preservation of affordable housing for the benefit of low and moderate income households.  Current Vacancies: 1.

​Board of Assessors

The Bridgewater Board of Assessors consist of three members. Under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapters fifty-eight to sixty-five C, the Board of Assessors fall under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Revenue who may revise rules, regulations, and guidelines, as deemed necessary to establish minimum standards of assessment performance.  There are no vacancies on the Board at this time.

​Board of Health

The Board of Health seeks to preserve and maintain the Town's public health standards and protect its environmental resources by educational means and by strict enforcement of various regulations, ordinances, State Health Codes, General Laws, in particular MGL Chapter 111, and federal law. The Board carries out duties and responsibilities assigned by either state or local legislation, as these primarily concern public health standards and protection of environmental resources. As permitted by law, the Board establishes policies and programs for implementation by the Health Department. The Board of Health is an advisory and regulatory committee of the Town.  Current Vacancies: 2.

​Board of Registrars


The Town of Bridgewater's Board of Registrars consists of a 4 members appointed by the Town Council on recommendation from the local Town Committees, the Board must consist of equal representation in both political parties (2 from the Republican Party and 2 from the Democratic Party). Each member of the Board is appointed for a 3-year term.  There are no vacancies on the Board at this time.

Cable Advisory Committee


The Cable Advisory Committee advises the Town Manager on matters relating to the licensing and supervision of the contract for cable television services in the Town consistent with state and federal law. It may also advise the Town Manager on negotiations during the contract renewal negotiation.  Current Vacancies: 1.

Citizens Advisory Committee


The Citizen Advisory Committee advises the Town Manager on the selection of appointees to Town multiple member bodies. There are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

​Community Preservation Committee


The Community Preservation Committee shall make recommendations to the Town Council for the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space; for the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources; for the acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational use; for the creation, preservation and support of community housing; and for the rehabilitation or restoration of open space, land for recreational use and community housing that is reacquired or created as provided in MGL c.44B.  This committee comprises one member from the following: Affordable Housing Trust, Conservation Commission, Historic District Committee, Historical Commission, Housing Authority, Open Space Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Board, and one at-large appointment by Town Council; There are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

Conant Trust Fund Committee


The Conant Trusts Fund Committee was formed for the purpose of administering funds held under an Indentures of Trust, dated June 4, 1925. The Committee has broad general powers to use the income and principal received by the trust at its discretion, and in keeping with the provisions of the trust. The Committee may receive gifts of property, both real and personal, in the name of the Town of Bridgewater, such gifts to be managed and controlled by the committee as outlined in the Indentures of Trust. The Conant Trusts Fund Committee is an advisory, regulatory, and ministerial committee of the Town.  There are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

​Conservation Commission

The purpose of the Conservation Commission is to protect, promote, and enhance the quantity and quality of the natural resources within the Town, especially wetlands, wildlife and water resources; through planning, acquisition, land management, regulation, scientific research and public education.  The Conservation Commission is an advisory and regulatory committee of the Town.   Current Vacancies: 1

Cultural Council


The Cultural Council decides the distribution of arts lottery funds or other funds that may be available to it and may also conduct other activities to promote and encourage the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences. Current Vacancies: Several

Disability Commission


The Disability Commission helps identify barriers to daily living for people with disabilities; advises municipal officials and employees in complying with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities; plans programs in coordination with state programs designed to help people with disabilities; reviews and makes recommendations concerning policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities as they affect people with disabilities; and provides information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability.  There are no vacancies on the Commission at this time.


Elder Affairs Commission


The purpose of the Elder Affairs Commission is to advocate for the needs of the elderly people residing in the Town of Bridgewater. The Elder Affairs Commission surveys the elderly population to better determine their needs problems and concerns. It develops criteria for program and supportive services development based upon an assessment of needs and participates in programs offered by the Commonwealth's Department of Elder Services. The Elder Affairs Commission helps identify goals and objectives and supports staff in implementing and promoting the Elder Affairs Commission’s mission. The Elder Affairs Commission members also serve as Trustees of the Senior Center Funds. The Commission makes recommendations to the Director of Elder Affairs and the Department of Public Works Director regarding the maintenance of the Senior Center facility, capital needs and minor repairs, supplies related to operation of the building, and replacement of necessary items to maintain the building in good condition. The Commission recommends capital spending from the Senior Center Trust Funds. The Elder Affairs Commission is an advisory and ministerial committee of the Town. Current Vacancies: 1.

Energy Committee


The Energy Committee advises town officials on energy conservation efforts throughout the Town, including but not limited to all municipal and school buildings, street lights, vehicles, and equipment. The Committee may recommend methods to monitor and manage energy costs. The Committee also advises concerning applications for grants from federal and state sources, including the Massachusetts Green Communities Program, and recommends changes to Town ordinances and policies to promote energy conservation and renewable energy use.  There are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

Financial Committee


As defined in the Town Charter, the Financial Committee provides financial advice to the Town Manager and the Town Council on the yearly operating budget for all Town agencies, which includes the Regional School budget as adopted by the School Committee. The Financial Committee provides financial advice to the Town Council and to the Town Manager on matters of long-range financial planning. The Financial Committee is responsible for advising the Town Manager on the annual preparation of the Town's capital improvement plan. It prepares a report to the Town Council on said annual capital improvement program and participates in public hearings called for review of this program. After at least one public meeting, the Financial Committee shall report its recommendations to the Town Council on all finance related matters. The finance committee shall have such additional powers and duties as may be provided by the General Laws, by Town Charter, or by ordinance. The Financial Committee is an advisory and ministerial committee of the Town.  Current Vacancies: 1.

Historic District Committee


The Historic District Committee promotes the Historic District's educational, cultural, economic, aesthetic and literary significance through the preservation and protection of buildings, settings and places within the boundaries of the district and through the development and maintenance of appropriate exterior appearances of such buildings and places, so as to preserve and maintain the district as a contemporary landmark compatible with the historic, cultural, literary and aesthetic tradition of Bridgewater, as it existed in the early days of the Town. The Committee determines the appropriateness of exterior architectural features of buildings and structures to be erected within the district; passes upon the demolition or removal of any building or structure or any part thereof; determines the appropriateness of the erection or display of occupational, commercial or other signs and billboards within the district wherever a certificate of appropriateness is required. The Committee promulgates rules and regulations governing the issuance of certificates of appropriateness which shall be approved by the Town Council. There are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

Historical Commission


The Historical Commission preserves, protects, and develops the historical and archaeological assets of the Town. The Commission may conduct research for places of historic and archaeological value, and cooperates with the State Archaeologist in conducting such research. It coordinates the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may, subject to appropriation and approval by the Town Manager, advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which it deems necessary for its work. Current Vacancies: 2 Associate Members

​Housing Authority


The Bridgewater Housing Authority (BHA) provides state public housing for seniors age 60+ and disabled persons at their properties located on Heritage Circle and Hemlock Drive.   The Authority has a board of 5 members: one Governor's appointment, a resident of one of the Authority's facilities, the Town's Elder Affairs Director and two town residents. There are no vacancies on the Board at this time

Housing Partnership Committee

The Housing Partnership Committee facilitates the coordination of the factors that affect equal access to housing and issues relating to the development of affordable housing. The Committee seeks to implement the Town's policy statement and program for fair housing, and the promotion of equal choice and access to housing for all people as is outlined in the Commonwealth’s Fair Housing Guidelines, 301 CMR § 50.19.  This committee comprises one member from the following: Affordable Housing Trust, Planning Board, Water and Sewer Board; there are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee


The Town Manager is seeking volunteers to serve on an ad-hoc committee to advise the Town Council on issues related to recreational marijuana, including whether the Town should regulate retail establishments.  The committee can have up to ten members who must be Bridgewater residents.  The committee may serve for up to sixteen months, and meetings will likely be held once or twice per month. The mission of the committee is to identify the issues associated with the retail sales of marijuana in the Town of Bridgewater and suggest possible solutions, including recommendations on the promulgation of ordinances and regulations. The committee should be prepared to meet with the Council every three months to update the Council on its progress. There are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

Master Plan Committee


The Master Plan Committee is responsible for facilitating the implementation and updating of the Master Plan. There are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

Open Space Committee


The Open Space Committee advises the Town Manager on the preservation of open space, and on updating the Open Space Plan. The Committee evaluates opportunities for the acquisition and protection of open space parcels against a number of criteria, including whether the Town's acquisition of the parcel would (i) help preserve Bridgewater's character, (ii) protect Bridgewater's water resources, (iii)abut or conjoin existing conservation lands, (iv) provide public access for walking, biking or other passive recreation, (v) preserve or enhance distinctive streetscapes, views or vistas, or (vi) preserve important wildlife and/or vegetation habitat. To this end, the Committee works with Town residents, local officials, state and federal agencies, and private nonprofit land conservation organizations to further these open space objectives. The Committee advises the Town Manager on the development and content of the Open Space Plan. Current Vacancies: 4

​Parks and Recreation Commission


The Parks and Recreation Commission advises and otherwise assists the Town Manager in the establishment of rules and regulations concerning the use and maintenance of all athletic fields, playgrounds, parks, recreational areas, and golf course.  There are no vacancies on the Commission at this time.

Planning Board


The Planning Board makes recommendations to the Town Council with regard to any changes in the Zoning Ordinance of the Town. The Board is responsible for the regulation of subdivisions within the Town pursuant to MGL Chapter 41, §§ 81A through 81GG. It renders advice concerning land use planning to the Town Council. The Planning Board is responsible for the review and updates to the Town's Master Plan, and may appoint either a sub-committee of the Board or an independent committee to provide expertise and recommendations concerning the Master Plan and its components. Current Vacancies: 1 Associate Member

Senior Associates Volunteer Committee


The Committee shall review applications to the SAVE program and select participants to be recommended to the Town Manager for the SAVE program. It shall contract with qualified senior citizens to provide the Town the benefit of their knowledge and experience in return for a tax credit, thereby enhance municipal service and increasing senior citizen participation in municipal government. The SAVE Committee is advisory to the Town. Current Vacancies: 1

​Transportation Committee


The Transportation Committee shall make recommendations to the Town Manager on all traffic, pedestrian, and related safety improvements, as well as transportation issues relating to the Brockton Area Transit Authority, the MBTA, taxis, and private buses licensed to use public ways in Bridgewater. The Transportation Committee is an advisory committee of the Town.   This committee comprises the following: Police Chief, Fire Chief, Community & Economic Development Director, and a Town Resident.  There are no vacancies on the Committee at this time.

Veterans' Council

The purpose of the Veterans Council is to advocate for meeting the needs of the veterans residing in the Town of Bridgewater and to provide support for the Director of Veteran’s Services. The Veteran’s Council promotes the recognition and observance of all patriotic holidays to include, but not limited to: Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July, and Veterans' Day.The Veteran’s Council fosters an understanding and appreciation within the Town of the achievements, contributions, and sacrifices Veterans have made to Bridgewater, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  and the nation. The Veterans Council is an advisory committee to the Town. Current Vacancies: Several



Water and Sewer Board

The Water and Sewer Board is responsible for recommending all improvements to the municipal water pollution control facilities and water treatment and distribution facilities in the Town, and serves as an advisory board to the Public Works Director for establishment of rules and regulations governing the operation of all Town water pollution control facilities and water treatment and distribution facilities. The Water and Sewer Board establishes rates subject to Town Manager approval. The Water and Sewer Board is an advisory committee of the Town. Current Vacancies: 1



Zoning Board of Appeals


The Zoning Board of Appeals hears and decides individual cases brought by persons seeking land use relief, or appeals to the Building Inspector's decisions. It also hears and decides applications for comprehensive permits under MGL chapter 40B.  Current Vacancies: 1.