Current Vacancies

BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS VACANCIES

  The following list represents all current volunteer positions on Executive-appointed and Council-appointed boards, committees, and commissions. 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 4/24/2019)
County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions
Please see how to apply

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
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy - Position is Substance Abuse Recovery Advocate.  The board serves in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Health Department, advising on general priorities for behavioral health programs, including substance abuse and mental health services.  The board membership is composed of residents who reflect minority groups and the diversity within the community.  Meets on a quarterly basis; three year term.  Executive-appointed.

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies
1 representing for-profit entity in Health Care Industry - 4 year term
1 representing for-profit entities in any industry - 4 year term - (Applications for this position due by 10:00 a.m. April 30, 2019) - No two appointed members may represent or be employed by the same company or organization. The committee will advise the Whatcom County Council on issues, including regulations and policies that could impact local businesses, industry, or economic development. Council-appointed

COUNTY APPEALS BOARD
3 Vacancies.  Applicant 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.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADVISORY BOARD
1 Vacancy.  Members are representatives of public, private, or voluntary agencies, and citizens knowledgeable about developmental disabilities. The board serves in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Health Department; it provides recommendations related to services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Board members meet the 4th Monday on alternating months and serve three year terms.  Executive-appointed.

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
1 Vacancy - 4-year term
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. Meetings are quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month.   Council-appointed 

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies, various terms
1 Vacancy for a commercial forest landowner (or qualified designee) Term ends 1/31/2023
2 Vacancies for a forest product manufacturer  - 1 term ends 1/31/2023, 1 term is partial term ending 1/31/2020
The Forestry Advisory Committee provides review and recommendations to the Whatcom County Council on issues that affect the forestry industry.  The Forestry Advisory Committee also provides a forum for all sectors of the forestry community to contribute to discussions on the future of forestry in Whatcom County. The committee holds their meetings on the third Thursday of the month, as needed.  Council-appointed

HORTICULTURE PEST AND DISEASE BOARD
2 Vacancies 2 year terms 
The Board is created to enable Whatcom County to more effectively control and prevent the spread of horticultural pests and diseases.  One member shall have at least a practical knowledge of horticultural pests and diseases and the other members shall be residents of the county, shall own land within the county and shall be engaged in the primary and commercial production of a horticultural product or products, one of whom shall be engaged in the production of certified organic produce, if available.  Such appointed members shall serve a term of two years.  The Board shall have the following powers and duties.  1.Receive complaints, 2.Inspect 3.Enforce 4.Employ persons and purchase goods and equipment as necessary, 5.Educate the public, and 6. Administrate.  Council-appointed

LUMMI ISLAND FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

1 Vacancy, Partial term ending 1/31/2022.  Applicant must be a county resident who does not live on or own property on Lummi Island.  The Committee provides review and recommendations to the County Council and Executive on issues that affect the ongoing operations and infrastructure of ferry service to Lummi Island. Review includes: proposed changes to ferry operations and fares; an annual review of the ferry fund; demands of and improvements to ferry services; and ferry replacement options.  Meets at least quarterly.  Council-appointed

LYNDEN/EVERSON FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies  4-year term
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.  Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors appointed 

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE

1 Vacancy. Position is economic Interest. The Committee, guided by sound science and the needs of the Northwest Strait marine ecosystem, and consideration for the citizens of Whatcom County, will address local marine issues and recommend remedial action to local authorities. The committee will build awareness of issues, and gather support for remedies. Members meet monthly on the first Thursday and serve four year terms. Executive-appointed.

NORTHWEST SENIOR SERVICES BOARD

2 Vacancies. This board serves as advisors to the Area Agency on Aging in order to develop and enhance a comprehensive service delivery system which meets the physical, social, and psychological needs of older people, people with disabilities, their families, friends, and caregivers. The majority of board members are older adults who represent local governments, minority groups, and citizen, professional, and community organizations. The full Board meets the third Thursday of January, March, May, June, September and October and members participate on committees and advocacy/community events numerous times per year. Three-year term. Executive appointed

NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD  - ALL APPLICATIONS For this Board Should be send to the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board, 322 N. Commercial Street, Suite 110, Bellingham, Washington 98225 
1 Vacancy, 4-year terms
Must reside in Noxious Weed District 3 and have ten signatures from registered voters in that district.  
District No. 3 - North Boundary is Henry, Alder Grove, and Hemmi Rds., South Boundary follows Slater and Bakerview Rds., East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County.
To view map of Noxious Weed Board districts visit our website here. The Board promotes education concerning management of listed noxious weeds such as tansy ragwork, knapweed, purple loosestrife, knotweed and their impacts on natural resources.  Members generally meet every other month.  Please call the Weed Board Coordinator at 360-778-6234 for more information.  ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE WHATCOM COUNTY NOXIOUS WEED BOARD 322 NO. COMMERCIAL STREET, SUITE 110, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON 98225. 

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies.  4 year term. 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. Council-appointed.

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
2 Vacancies - District 1 and District 4.  This commission serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and the Parks and Recreation Department on matters relating to parks, recreation, and senior services.  Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month; 4-year term. Executive -appointed

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
2 vacancies – 1 appointment for partial term ending 1/31/2022, 1 appointment for partial term ending 1/31/2021.  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.  This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Health Board and the Health Department on all issues related to the County Health Department and its programs.  Meets on the first Thursday of alternating months. Executive-appointed.

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy for Citizen representative - Partial term ends 1/31/2022
1 vacancy representing Agriculture- Partial term ends 1/31/2020
1 vacancy representing Business/Industry - Partial term ends 1/31/2020 (Applications for this position due 10:00 a.m. April 30, 2019)
No two representatives can be from the same company or public interest group. 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. 

6  vacancies – 4 year terms
1 Vacancy - Applicant must be a civil or geo-technical engineer with no direct or indirect financial business ties to the industry
1 Vacancy – Applicant must be a surface mining material user
1 Vacancy – Applicant must be a Geologist
1 Vacancy – Applicant must be a citizen who lives in close proximity to active mining or mineral overlay areas
1 Vacancy - Applicant must represent Agriculture
1 Vacancy – Applicant must represent the Forestry industry. (Applications for this position due 10:00 a.m. April 30, 2019)
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 as needed.  Council-appointed 

1 vacancy – General member - Term ends 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. (Applications for this position due 10:00 a.m. April 30, 2019)