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Boards & Commissions

Each year, the Governor makes between 300 and 500 appointments to over 130 boards, commissions, task forces, and advisory councils. Each entity has its own responsibilities; while some advise the State on important policy areas, others regulate key industries and professions. There is a position for everyone, and our Administration encourages applications from all Minnesotans with a desire to serve their state.

Open Appointments Process

Many of the Governor’s appointments follow the Open Appointments Process, which occurs in partnership with the Secretary of State’s Office and is detailed below.

  1. The Secretary of State announces the vacancy through a public notice once every two weeks. You can subscribe to receive vacancy notifications and view current vacancies on the Secretary of State’s Boards & Commissions website.
  2. Candidates submit applications through the Secretary of State’s Boards & Commissions website.
  3. After the Secretary of State posts the vacancy, applications are accepted for at least 21 days and until the appointment is announced.
  4. The appointing authority must review the applications for at least 10 days.
  5. The appointing authority announces the intended appointment effective five days after press release.

To receive monthly updates on new vacancies, please sign up for the Secretary of State’s email list.

Board of the Month

Created by the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems. The board operates and maintains the Minnesota Zoo.

Current Vacancies

This month, we’re seeking applicants for the following positions:

  • Minnesota State Arts Board
    • Member from the 6th Congressional District
  • Board of Psychology
    • Master's Degree Licensed Psychologist

To learn more about the work of these boards and commissions or to submit an application, please visit the Secretary of State’s Boards and Commissions website.

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