Board, Committee, Commission, Council Vacancies

Volunteering in Your Community by Participating in Local Government.

Are you looking to get more involved in Wakefield? Join a Town appointed committee! The Town of Wakefield depends on volunteers to serve on Boards/Committees/Commissions/Councils. The Town Council appoints applicants yearly in April (except for the Finance Committee, and Youth Council which happens yearly in June, and the Permanent Building Committee which happens yearly in December) and actively encourages Wakefield residents to participate in local government by volunteering to serve on a committee. Most of these committees require little time commitment, meeting only once per month, and your volunteer service is valued. By serving on a Town committee, you will make a valuable contribution to the community of Wakefield and meet other residents who share similar interests. Occasionally, vacancies do become available and are listed below. Even if you cannot serve on a committee, all Wakefield residents are welcome to attend any of the many committee meetings held. You can view upcoming meetings and events here.

The application period is open until seats are filled. Suppose you want to be appointed to any board, committee, commission, or council. In that case, it is recommended that you attend a couple of meetings before you apply to see if the committee is a right fit for you. Then, if you are still interested, please complete the application and email to Sherri Dalton. Youth Council applicants are asked to complete the Youth Council application.

The Town Administrator’s office has prepared a Handbook for Boards, Committees, Commissions, and Councils who are appointed by the Town Council to aid in decision-making when serving in their role. This handbook is intended to be a general guidance document for those serving on Town committees.

All appointed committee positions are volunteer for three-year terms unless otherwise stated.

Board, Committee, Commission, Council

Total Number of Members

Number of Current Vacancies

Term(s) Expiration For Vacancies


Advisory Board of Public Works30  
Affordable Housing Trust90  
Arts Council70  
Bylaw Review Committee80  
Cable Advisory Committee40  
Capital Planning Committee70  
Commission on Disabilities91April 30, 2027Apply
Conservation Commission7 Voting; 2 Non-Voting Associate2 Voting; 2 Non-Voting Associate2 voting ending April 30, 2027; 1 non-voting unexpired term ending April 30, 2027; 1 non-voting unexpired term ending April 30, 2025Apply
Council on Aging71April 30, 2027Apply
Economic Development Council90  
Environmental Sustainability Committee101one unexpired term ending April 30, 2025Apply
Fence Viewing Committee30  
Finance Committee150  
Historical Commission61April 30, 2027Apply
Human Rights Commission11 Voting; 3 Ex Officio; one (1) Police Department liaison; one (1) Town Council liaison; one (1) School Committee liaison5 Votingtwo terms ending April 30, 2025; one term ending April 30, 2026; two terms ending April 30, 2027Apply
Permanent Building Committee90  
Recreation Commission90  
Sweetser Lecture Advisory Committee34three year terms staggeredApply
Traffic Advisory Committee80  
Veteran Advisory BoardCurrently 10; can have up to 155staggeredApply
Youth Council11 High School Members; 3 Middle School Members1one middle school openingApply
Zoning Board of Appeals5 Voting; 3 Alternates0