Council Officer Resources

Council Officer Resources

As a council officer, you play a critical role in both growing your state’s reach and impact and shepherding and supporting your local chapters to help them succeed. The resources below, designed by staff and fellow volunteers, come from best practices, lessons learned from fellow council leaders and more. The goal is to help you with everything from the basics of council leadership to the nuances of effective advocacy.

As in all things TU related, there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel if others have already found success and we can learn from the ideas and innovations of each other. The following resource pages are designed around the most common requests we receive. If you have additional questions or need help with a specific issue or activity, don’t hesitate to contact your Volunteer Operations Staff.

Position Descriptions & Key Tasks by Role
Depending on the role you have taken on in your council, their are various responsibilities you are asked to tackle. The following position descriptions and resources by role are designed to help you accomplish your important tasks.

Running A Council

The basics of council leadership, the expectations and requirements of the council and the roles of various council officers are described in this section.

Chapter Support

A council is only as strong as the combined effort of its local chapters and state volunteers. Tools and tips to help grow and support your chapters are covered in this section.


TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following in-person and online events:

In-Person Trainings:


Online Trainings:
View recordings of past webinars online at Online webinars are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

  • April 1 – Annual Financial Report & IRS Training (8PM)
  • April 3 – TU Social Hour: Volunteer Community Conversation with Chris Wood (5PM)
  • April 6 – Leaders Roundtable: Communications Tools & Tips (12PM)
  • April 7 – Connecting with Members During COVID-19 (8PM)
  • April 9 – Using TU’s New Online Fundraising Tools (8PM)
  • April 14 – Leaders Roundtable: Membership Engagement (2PM)
  • April 21 – Organizing a Leader Recruitment Committee (8PM)
  • April 22 – Leaders Roundtable: Leadership Development (4PM)
  • April 30 – Leaders Roundtable: Fundraising Tools & Tips (8PM)
  • May 5 – Generating & Prospecting Leadership Leads (8PM)
  • May 7 – Keeping Conservation Going this Summer (8PM)
  • May 19 – Innovations Driven by COVID – Tactics & Technology (8PM)
  • June 4 – Planning for the Fall: What Activities Work Best (8PM)


Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations

Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning