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.
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.
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.
Board members with the new llama exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo
Board members meeting for a small group discussion
Board member Laura Bordelon being recognized by the Minnesota Zoo
Board members hiking in an undeveloped area at the Minnesota Zoo