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 one can be mailed to you from the Council Office or 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 7/22/2021)
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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/VANZANDT FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 4-year terms. 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

AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies – Positions are for agricultural producers. 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

1 Vacancy.. Applicants must represent the food processing industry (4-year term). The committee advises the County Council on issues that include regulations and policies that could impact local businesses, industry, or economic development. Duties include: Review, develop, and provide recommendations on: comprehensive plans, regulations, economic development efforts and on proposals which directly impact business and economic conditions in Whatcom County; efforts to improve business conditions, environment and infrastructure; ensuring the county applies a client-focused approach to supporting businesses with regulations, permitting, and planning. Meets monthly. Council-appointed. 

CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROGRAM OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy – farmer position. This committee provides oversight and evaluation of the Conservation Easement Program for Whatcom County. The program enhances the protection of the County's farmland, forestland, and ecological areas, enhances the long-term viability of agricultural and forestry enterprises within the County and provides public benefit by retaining properties in permanent resource use. Meets on a monthly basis, as needed; four year term. Executive-appointed

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)
2 Vacancies. Applicants must have professional expertise that relates to development standards. The TAC (1) reviews and recommends, for County Executive consideration, all proposed new, and proposed revisions to, Whatcom County Development Standards, and (2) hears and recommends, for subsequent County Executive consideration, appeals to Technical Administrator Final Decisions. The TAC operates to ensure compliance with land use regulations and comprehensive plans. Seven members meet on an as-needed basis and serve a maximum of two 2-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

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Any person interested in serving on the advisory committee may be appointed as an alternate for a term of six years. Alternate members shall be notified of each meeting and are encouraged to attend.

Committee assists and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in performing flood damage repairs, maintenance and improvements, and minimizing future flood damage through prevention and management on the Nooksack River, its watershed, and the other watersheds within Whatcom County. Meets the second Thursday of the month or as needed. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed

FOOD SYSTEM COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies. Positions are available for fishing, export sales farming sectors as well as a member of the Whatcom Food Network. The committee’s purpose is to draft, implement, provide oversight for, and regularly update a county-wide food system plan to strengthen our local and regional food system. Nine members meet monthly and serve a four year term. Executive-appointed

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
9 Vacancies, 4-year terms. Applicants must represent one of the following: a small forest landowner, a commercial forest landowner (or qualified designee), a forest harvester, a forest product manufacturer, 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. County Council-appointed 

LUMMI ISLAND FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 3-year term. Vacancy is for a member 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 monthly. Council-appointed 

LYNDEN/EVERSON FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 4-year terms. 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 (conservation/environmental representative). 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.

NORTH SOUND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
2 Vacancies. The North Sound Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization (ASO) administers state and federal funds for mental health and substance use disorders services for the five county region including: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. They provide a regional system of high quality, culturally competent crisis and treatment services and recovery supports for our citizens with behavioral health challenges. Meets monthly. Executive-appointed.

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies, 4-year terms. The Open Space Advisory Committee advises the County Assessor in implementing assessment guidelines as established by the State Department of Revenue, for the assessment of open space, farms and agricultural lands, and timber lands. Meets annually. Council-appointed

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
5 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 Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District. Meets quarterly. Council-appointed

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies

  • 1 vacancy representing a business or industry, 3-year term
  • 1 vacancy representing agriculture, 3-year term
  • 1 Vacancy for a citizen representative with no financial ties to other included sectors, partial term ending 1/31/2022

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.

SURFACE MINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies, 4-year terms
  • 1 vacancy for a representative of potable domestic groundwater supply (preferably a public water system representative or private well owner)
  • 1 vacancy for a representative of agriculture

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 has been inactive, but may reactivate to consider the mineral resource lands section of the Comprehensive Plan in 2015. Meets as needed. Council-appointed