Join our grant review team!

EMSWCD office

EMSWCD is currently searching for community members to serve on our 2018 Partners in Conservation (PIC) Review Committee. The PIC Review Committee is charged with helping EMSWCD staff and board evaluate grant applications and make funding recommendations.

Our goal is to create a balanced team with the background and expertise needed to cover the range of applications. It is also important to us that the Committee reflect the District’s geographic, cultural and racial diversity. All committee members must reside in our service area (EMSWCD’s service area is all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River). The current gaps we are hoping to fill include the following:

  • Residents who belong to communities of color
  • Rural residents, particularly with an agricultural or community gardening background
  • Residents who live east of 82nd Avenue and are involved in their communities through neighborhood groups, schools, or other local organizations
  • Residents who reside in low-income neighborhoods

New committee members will participate in a brief orientation on the grant program. In February, all members review the submitted applications online and score each grant application based upon the provided selection criteria. The Committee then meets for an all-day meeting in late February or early March, where applications are deliberated by the committee as a whole. The time commitment is approximately 20-30 hours over a one month period. We are able to offer a $200 stipend to committee members who are not compensated for their time by their employer.

Please contact Suzanne Easton, Grants Program Manager, at if you are interested or have questions. She will provide a short application form.

Learn more about our Partners in Conservation grants program here.