Current Vacancies

BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS VACANCIES



All appointees must live in and be registered to vote in Whatcom County and, if applicable, meet the residency, employment, and/or affiliation requirements of the position.  Appointments are without compensation unless otherwise noted.  Applications can be completed online, or are available in the Council Office and Executive's Office.

If you have questions, please contact the County Council office at 360-778-5010 or the County Executive's office at 360-778-5200.
 
(last updated 7/8/2020)
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Council-appointed and Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed vacancies
Appointments made by the County Council
Mail Applications to:
County Council Office
Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue, Ste 105
Bellingham, WA 98225
For more information: 360-778-5010
Executive-appointed vacancies
Appointments made by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council 
             
Mail Applications to:
Executive's Office
Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue, Ste 108
Bellingham, WA 98225
For more information: 360-778-5200
ACME/VAN ZANDT FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 vacancy, partial term expiring 1/31/2021. Applicants must live within the subzone boundary. The Committee is an integral part of the program reviewing the Comprehensive Plan for flood control, discusses and recommends budget appropriation, and is a liaison with the public at meetings.  The Committee has special meetings throughout the year as needed.  Appointed by the Council acting as the Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors.

AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy – agricultural producer. This committee assists in the implementation of numerous policies and tasks relating to protecting and enhancing the long-term viability of agriculture.  The thirteen members of the AAC meet monthly from October through April and serve a four year term. Executive-appointed.

3 Vacancies. Applicants must be a member of one of the construction trades (building, structural, architectural, plumbing, engineering, or mechanical).  This Board receives and rules on appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the building official and/or fire marshal relative to the application and interpretation of the building construction and maintenance codes as adopted by the county, with responsibility to publish all findings. Board members meet on an as-needed basis and serve three year terms. Executive-appointed.


DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
3 Vacancies, 4-year terms.  Members must have a direct interest in the shellfish protection district. Duties are to advise the County Council on the proposed actions and operations relating to the restoration of water quality in the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District. Meets quarterly. Council-appointed 

FOOD SYSTEM COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies - Food Processing/Distribution Representative and Labor Issues rep. This committee works to ensure the ongoing assessment of food system needs and periodic updating of the county-wide Food System Plan.  Members serve a four-year term and meet monthly.  Executive-appointed

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
6 Vacancies, 4-year terms. 
Applicants must be a forest product manufacturer, small forest landowner, a commercial forest landowner (or qualified designee), a forest harvester, or a citizen with forestry expertise.  The Forestry Advisory Committee review issues that affect the forestry industry and makes recommendations to the Whatcom County Council. The committee also provides a forum for all sectors of the forestry community to contribute to discussions on the future of forestry in Whatcom County. Meets monthly as needed. Council-appointed

HOMELESS STRATEGIES WORKGROUP
2 vacancies, 2-year terms:

  • 1 Homeless Advocate,
  • 1 Special populations (representing domestic violence, behavioral health, and/or elder care and medically fragile),
The purpose of the workgroup is to identify additional winter shelters and added capacity at year-round shelters, additional opportunities to address the needs of the County’s homeless population, and strategies to prevent people from having no other option than to sleep outside. All appointees must live in and be registered to vote in Whatcom County. The Workgroup generally meets twice a month or as needed.  Council appointed. Applications for the homeless advocate position are due in the County Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.


HOUSING AUTHORITY OF WHATCOM COUNTY
1 Vacancy -application review process is pending.  The Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners is responsible for local policymaking, administration and planning of programs furthering the Authority’s mission to offer opportunities for people to thrive by ensuring access to quality, affordable homes. The Board of Commissioners meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm, at the Housing Authority’s Administrative office at 208 Unity Street in Bellingham. Commissioners serve five-year terms. This vacancy may be either an At-Large or Resident Commissioner (client) position. Executive-appointed

2 Vacancies,  4-year terms. All applicants must live within the subzone boundary. The committees review the Comprehensive Plan for flood control, discuss and recommend budget appropriation, and liaison with the public at meetings.  The committees have special meetings throughout the year as needed. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors appointed  

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies, 4-year terms. This committee serves in an advisory capacity to the county assessor in implementing assessment guidelines as established by the department of revenue for the assessment of open space, farms, and agricultural lands, and timber lands.  Meets once per year.  Council-appointed.

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
3 Vacancies – District 1, District 2 and District 4. This Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and the Parks & Recreation Department on issues related to county parks and recreation. Meets third Thursday of each month; Four year term.  Executive -appointed

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
5 vacancies, various terms. Members must have a direct interest in the shellfish protection district. Duties are to advise the County Council on the proposed actions and operations relating to the restoration of water quality in the Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District.  Meetings are quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month.  Council-appointed

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
2 Vacancies. Positions include Physical Environment and Community Member with Lived Experience in Social Service or Health Care System challenges.  This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Health Board and the Health Department Director on all issues related to the County Health Department and its programs. Meets on the first Thursday of alternating months; three year term.  Executive-appointed.

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 3-year term. Members must represent agriculture. The committee provides ongoing public input and advice to Whatcom County on solid waste management issues. Generally meets quarterly on Thursday evenings, but meeting schedule and frequency subject to change upon committee approval. Council-appointed. 

SUMAS/EVERSON/NOOKSACK FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy,  4-year term. All applicants must live within the subzone boundary. The committees review the Comprehensive Plan for flood control, discuss and recommend budget appropriation, and liaison with the public at meetings.  The committees have special meetings throughout the year as needed. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed

1 Vacancy for a representative of a potable domestic groundwater supply (preferably a public water system representative or a private well owner), 4-year term
1 Vacancy for an agriculture representative, 4-year term
• 1 Vacancy for a citizen who lives in close proximity to active mining or mineral overlay areas, partial term ending 1/31/2023
Committee advises the Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Department and the Whatcom County Council on implementing a surface mining regulatory program consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.  Committee meets monthly. Council-appointed 

VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD
1 Vacancy; only veterans eligible to apply.  The board advises the County Executive and County Council on the needs of local indigent veterans, the resources available to local indigent veterans, and programs that could benefit the needs of local indigent veterans and their families.  Members meet monthly and serve a four year term.  Executive-appointed

WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, general member, agriculture or land development representatives encouraged to apply.
1 Vacancy, member with technical expertise in wildlife and habitat management or current or past professional experience such as, but not limited to, at least one of the following: wetlands manager, wildlife biologist, population biologist, natural resources manager, watershed scientist, conservation specialist, forestry protection, and tribal representative. 
Terms end December 31, 2022. The committee advises the Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Department staff and the Whatcom County Council on the value of wildlife and habitat management issues as they relate to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, with the goal of integrating wildlife management and protection into the community planning process. Council-appointed. Applications due in the County Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.