Open Position on Board of Park Commissioners


The Board of Park Commissioners of the Park District of the city of Bismarck, North Dakota, is a five-member board, elected to a four-year staggered term by the citizens that reside within the city of Bismarck. Due to Commissioner Wayne Munson’s resignation, there is one vacant position.

The successful applicant will fill this position on the Board of Park Commissioners until the next general election in June 2024. The successful applicant will be seated on the Park Board at the January 19, 2023, meeting.

The role of the Board of Park Commissioners is to develop and set operational and fiscal policy and direction for the overall operation of the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD), to develop short and long range plans, determine courses of action through annual budget development, identify and address issues of importance to public parks and recreation, oversee and review the development, execution and performance of operations of facilities and programs in the best interest of the resident of BPRD and the consumers.


Members of the Board of Park Commissioners must be 18 years of age and live within the boundaries of BPRD which are the city limits of Bismarck, for any period of time.


$100 bi-weekly and use of BPRD programs and facilities.

Position Overview

The Board of Park Commissioners typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:15pm. There are occasional special meetings called by the Board. Additionally, commissioners attend management meetings three times per year, budget meetings, and portfolio meetings with user groups.

There are three BPRD Management Teams. The vacant position will serve as one of the commissioners on the Operations Division and may also hold additional committee assignments.

The job description is included in BPRD Board Manual.

Application Process

Interested individuals who are qualified to serve are asked to submit a cover letter stating interest in serving, a resume, and a completed Board of Park Commissioners candidate questionnaire in a sealed envelope to: Michael Gilbertson, President; Board of Park Commissioners; Bismarck Parks and Recreation District; 400 E. Front Ave.; Bismarck, ND 58504.

Applications must be received by 12pm central time on December 14, 2022. The current members of the Board of Park Commissioners will review and rank all applications.  The final candidates will be interviewed by the four Park Board Commissioners at a special Park Board meeting the week of January 9, 2023. The Board will plan to select the final applicant following the interviews, and this commissioner will be seated at the January 19, 2023, Park Board meeting.

Application Materials