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KNPS Seeking Board Members!

The Kootenay Native Plant Society (KNPS) helps conserve native plants and their natural habitats, through increasing understanding and appreciation.  We specialize in collaborative research, education, and restoration of plants with high ecological and cultural significance and a focus on plant-pollinator relationships.  Valerie Huff and Eva Johansson started KNPS in 2012.

KNPS is a small organization trying to do meaningful work with lasting impact in the West Kootenay Region.  At present, our work is largely volunteer-supported and/or grant-funded and completed by our working Board of Directors.  There are no employees and no secure long-term funding.  We have many volunteers, carry much community support, and our reputation as a knowledgeable and valuable nonprofit organization continues to grow.  We are looking for new Directors who are able to guide the Society’s growth through this exciting time and bring new ideas and a willingness to take initiative on new projects and programs.

The role of the Board of Directors is to provide leadership and oversight of the activities of KNPS. Our current Directors are professional botanists, ecologists, and native plant enthusiasts: we all have a passion for native plants and preserving their diversity for future generations.

Directors are expected to commit a minimum of two hours a month, attend quarterly meetings, and participate in Society outreach and lead special projects.  Directors hold a 2-year term and are appointed/elected at the Annual General Meeting.  On the Board of Directors there are four Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Our Board of Directors is an open and inclusive team where we maintain high standards of integrity, respect, and cooperation.  We are looking for new Directors to:

  • Contribute to the realization and growth of KNPS vision and future directions.
  • Work as a team member on a Working Board, support and direct KNPS mission and work, and provide accountability and oversight for KNPS performance in relation to objectives and core values, and as a contributing member of our community.
  • Participate in Board business discussed at meetings, and by e-mail and phone.
  • Volunteer at KNPS hosted or invited events and opportunities.
  • Participate in various capacities and with your specific skills. e.g.:
    • Social media.
    • Fundraising and grant writing.
    • Management of budgets and financial resources.
    • Volunteer and event coordination.
    • Provide expertise and leadership, as appropriate, for projects (outreach, educational, conservation, restoration).


Additionally, we are currently looking for a new Board President. 

You could be the next person to govern and lead our society into broader landscapes and deeper community connections.  Help us to flourish as an organization!

Time Commitment: 4 hours per month; 2-year term

Primary Duties: In addition to the duties of every board member, the President is responsible for:

  • Helping create a welcoming, appreciative, and inclusive environment conducive to real governance dialogue.
  • Planning and facilitating regular meetings, and managing the business, of the Board of Directors.
  • Ensuring that that Board operates in a manner consistent with the Society’s by-laws.
  • Serving as a public spokesperson, together with other BOD Members, for the Kootenay Native Plant Society.

Please consider joining us!  We welcome people dedicated to advocating for and working toward native plant awareness and conservation and the intrinsic value of native plants across the Columbia Basin landscape.

Interested in joining our team? 

Please send an email expressing your interest to Valerie Huff at:

In your email, please be sure to include:

  • Your name, location, and contact information.
  • Relevant experience, training, and/or other forms of contribution.
  • Particular interest concerning, and hopes for, joining the KNPS Board.
  • Brief overview of your interest in native plants.
  • If applicable, your interest in the President role, and what you would bring to this position.


Please submit your email by July 3, 2020.  If accepted, you should be willing to stand for election at the KNPS AGM to be held in mid-July 2020 (tbd).