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 2/19/2020)
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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
2 Vacancies – 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.

AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy. The committee meets periodically to provide guidance to the County regarding making its facilities and programs accessible to those with disabilities. The committee also reviews the ADA coordinator’s complaint resolution decisions and makes necessary recommendations for improvements to accessibility.  Members meet as needed and serve a three year term. County Executive-appointed

1 Vacancy. The committee assists the county in the planning, funding, development and implementation of facilities and programs that will result in the increased safety and use of bicycle and pedestrian travel as a significant and beneficial mode of transportation and recreation.  Members meet monthly and serve a four year term. Executive-appointed.

BIRCH BAY WATERSHED AND AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (BBWARM) DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 4-year term.   
Applicants must live or own property within the district boundary, or represent a ratepayer from within the subzone, so long as any representative of a rate payer is primarily employed by that ratepayer at a site within the subzone. The BBWARM Committee assists and makes recommendations to the Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors regarding implementing the BBWARM District stormwater program.  Committee members geographically represent a broad spectrum of stakeholders from within the BBWARM District boundaries. Meets monthly. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors appointed. Applications due in the Council Office 10:00 a.m. on February 18, 2020.

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, partial term expiring January 31, 2023.  Position is a non-voting member representing the county’s institutions of higher education (Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, The Northwest Indian College, and Bellingham Technical College). The committee will advise the Whatcom County Council on regulations and policies that could impact local businesses, industry, or economic development. Meets monthly. Council-appointed.  Applications due in the Council Office 10:00 a.m. on February 18, 2020.

4 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.

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

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

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  

NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD  - ALL APPLICATIONS For this Board Should be sent to the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board, 322 N. Commercial Street, Suite 110, Bellingham, Washington 98225 
1 Vacancy, 4-year term. 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 ragwort, 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.  Council-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

POINT ROBERTS COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy -At Large Citizen position. The committee was created to provide advice and recommendations to the County Executive and the County Council regarding needs and issues specific to the Point Roberts community.  Meets monthly; two year term. County 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
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