Volunteers Matter!


The City of Hermiston appreciates the significant contribution volunteers make to the community; whether it’s volunteering through the Parks and Recreation Department, the Library, or being a member of an advisory committee, WE TRULY THANK YOU!


Interested in volunteering?

Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 541-667-5018 or at parksandrecathermiston.or.us , or the Public Library at 541-567-2882 or libraryathermiston.or.us


Interested in getting involved in your local government and community? 

Apply to be on one of our Committees, Boards, or Commissions by:

  • Complete the Application for Standing Committee Vacancies (PDF) - Applications are also available at City Hall.
  • Turn the application into: City Recorder Lilly Alarcon-Strong, CMC, at City Hall or by email at  lalarcon-strongathermiston.or.us.
  • Once your application is received, we’ll begin processing your paperwork and the Vacancy Review Board will review and/or interview applicants (usually takes about one month).
  • The Vacancy Review Board will then make a recommendation to the City Council, at the following City Council meeting, to appoint an applicant to their respective committee/board/commission. 
  • If the recommendation is approved by the City Council, the appointment confirmation will be made at the following City Council meeting.
  • To keep you informed, the applicant will receive communication throughout this process.


Current Vacancies:

Positions Beginning when confirmed by City Council:

  1. Planning Commission- position #5- ending March 31, 2023
  2. Faith-Based Advisory Committee- position #3- ending December 31, 2021
  3. Faith-Based Advisory Committee- position #5- ending December 31, 2022
  4. Budget Committee- positions: #8, and #9- ending December 31st, 2021

Deadline to apply: Open until filled


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions:

Lilly Alarcon-Strong, CMC
City Recorder
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PLEASE NOTE: All appointments to city committees, boards, and commissions shall be made in accordance with the ordinances and city charter. 
Appointment preference shall be given to city residents and shall not be:

  • Full-time employees of the city,
  • Elected officials of the city,
  • Appointed to more than two boards or commissions at a time, and
  • Sell to the City or its committees, boards, and commissions over which the council has appointive powers and budget control either directly as a prime contractor or supplier, or indirectly as a first tier subcontractor or supplier.  Sales shall be construed to mean sales, services or fees aggregating $7,500 or more in any one calendar year.