Board of Directors Function and Responsibility

The Board of Directors works closely with the WEA National Office to ensure that the operations and direction of the association are in line with the mission and vision of the Wilderness education Association.  Board members are elected and serve a three-year term, meeting monthly via teleconference and twice annually in person, once at the National Conference on Outdoor Leadership and once for a mid-year meeting.  Board members may serve either on the Executive Committee or as a Committee Chairperson for the Association.  Determination of Committee Chair and Executive Committee positions are determined within the elected Board of Directors. Board members play a crucial role for the association and are entrusted to provide direction and support towards the mission and vision of the association.  The Board of Directors is always seeking highly motivated individuals that are willing to step up and serve the association.    

Nominations and Election
In accordance with the bylaws of the association each year three seats on the WEA Board of Directors become vacant for election by the general WEA membership. The Wilderness Education Association invites all qualified individuals to consider becoming a candidate for the Board of Directors through the annual election process. 

All candidates are encouraged to attend the National Conferences and colloquia and talk to current WEA members about the current state and future of the association. 

Candidate Eligibility
Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Fully paid membership
  • Active membership for 3 of the last 5 years (including the year of election)
  • 21 years old
  • Supportive of the goals and objectives of the Association
  • Not seek to use the Association to pursue commercial objectives

Read the job description here.

Eligibility to serve as a Board member shall be determined by the current Board of Directors by majority vote.  Ineligible candidate’s names will be stricken from the ballot. 

Candidate Document Submission
Candidate information must be submitted the elections committee chair at no later than May 1st.  The following documents will be made available to the WEA membership on the WEA website and are required for candidacy consideration:
Position Statement/Letter of Intent: A one page statement expressing desire to run, qualifications, aspirations and intent as a potential WEA Board Member (MS Word Format).

Digital Photograph.
The slate of candidates will be presented to the Board of Directors for approval by electronic vote.  

Open Seats and Elections
There are three total Board seats up for election in 2017. All seats are for full three-year terms and are for general membership of the board of Directors. Active members of the WEA will vote among the nominees during the online election in spring 2017. The three individuals receiving the highest votes will be named to the Board of Directors. All seats up for election will be eligible for Executive Committee and Committee Chair positions on the Board of Directors. 

The terms for each of the three positions will commence in spring 2017 at the annual inaugural Board of Directors meeting immediately following the elections. All individuals who hold current WEA memberships during the election period are encouraged to vote for these important positions. 

Application Process

If you have questions please contact the National Office.