Borough of Closter

295 Old Closter Dock Road    ♦     Closter, New Jersey 07624    ♦    201-784-0600

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Volunteer Opportunities

(Tue Apr 21, 2015)


Serving on a local board, commission, or emergency service is rewarding.  It is a great way to give back to the community, network with peers, and feel a strong sense of purpose.  Many corporations look favorably upon community service and listing membership in a local board is a great way to enhance your resume.  Closter has a variety of boards, commissions, and other volunteer opportunities.  Please click on the links below to reach about each. If you have further questions, please contact the liaison next to each.


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The Shade Tree Commission has exclusive control over the regulation, planting and care of shade and ornamental trees planted in any public rights-of-way within the Borough of Closter, including the planting, trimming, spraying, growth, care and protection thereof.  As a Shade Tree Commission member you would participate in decisions relating to planting and care of these trees and tasks may include budget requests, recommend ordinance changes, preparing press releases, planning Arbor Day celebrations, as well as annual reports. 

Landscape design or tree care expertise would be helpful, but any Closter resident regardless of experience is eligible to serve on this Commission.  Commission members are also eligible for Borough-paid training related to shade trees.  The Commission meets on the second Monday of every month at 8:00 PM (except August).  For more information, please contact us at



The Environmental Commission is charged with studying and making recommendations concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, environmental appearance, as well as protection of flora and fauna.  Members are also responsible for promoting an environmental, ecological conservation and natural resources program for the Borough of Closter which may include preparation of maps, flyers, and events such as the Harvest Festival.  The Commission is also responsible for making recommendations concerning all of the Borough's passive parkland, preserves and natural open space including the Closter trail system. 

Membership is open to all Closter residents.  No formal experience is necessary except for an interest in the environment.  The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 PM (except December).  For more information, please contact us at



The Board of Health of Closter, NJ is made up of seven regular members and two alternates. Board meetings are also attended by the health officer, the secretary/registrar/licensing official, and a council member who serves as the board's liaison to the mayor and council.

The Board is charged with advising the mayor and council on matters involving the public health, ensuring that regulations in this area receive the appropriate enforcement, and drafting legislation as needed on public health related issues. The board monitors the actions of the health officer, including the inspection and enforcement of regulations concerning retail food services, occupational health, environmental contamination, animal related health issues, and pest control. The board also oversees such activities as the health fair, animal licensing and vaccination.

No formal experience necessary but work in the medical or science professions are helpful .  The board meets on the third Thursday of the month in the municipal office building at 7:30 PM (except in July and August).  For more information, please contact us at



The Closter Improvement Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and Borough Council and the Planning Board. Its primary mission is to foster a sense of community by supporting and/or introducing Borough-wide improvement initiatives, supporting civic and cultural activities and facilitating aesthetic improvements specifically, but not limited to, the historic Downtown Renaissance Zone. 

No formal experience necessary except a willingness and desire to work to improve the community.  The Commission meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  For more information please contact Councilwoman Victoria Amitai, liaison to the Closter Improvement Commission at

To apply for any of these positions, please fill out a Citizen Leadership Form and email it to and .  If there are currently no openings on your desired board, please send us a form anyway or contact the Council liaison listed below.  We will contact you when a position becomes available. 



Council Liaison


Ambulance Corps

David Barad

Environmental Commission

Tom Hennessey

Ethics, Board of



Fire Department

Alissa Latner

Food and Assistance Board



Health, Board of

Arthur Dolson

Historic Preservation Commission

Tom Hennessey

Improvement Commission

Victoria Amitai

Planning Board

Victoria Amitai

Recreation Commission - Coaches Association

John Glidden

Shade Tree Commission

David Barad

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Arthur Dolson