Current Vacancies

ADVISORY GROUP VACANCIES

All appointees must live 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 2/7/2024)
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Vacancies appointed by Council and Council acting as Board of Health or Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors
Appointments made by the County Council
Apply online, or
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 
             
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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
2 Vacancies, 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 
5 Vacancies – 1 current member is eligible to reapply. Positions are for agricultural producers and agricultural processing industry. 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

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy – Current vacancy from the community of people with disabilities. 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 quarterly; three-year term. Executive-appointed

BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD
2 Vacancies – The Board receives Notice of Intention, statement from city and special purpose districts for proposed changes to corporate boundaries or intent to extend services outside existing boundaries. The Board then notifies all affected governmental agencies and collects subsequent comments for possible review. Members meet bi-annually and serve a four-year term. Executive-appointed

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 4-year term. Applicants must represent the childcare industry. Meets monthly. 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. County Council-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

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES BOARD
5 Vacancies – 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. Executive-appointed

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
1 vacancy, partial term ending 1/31/2025. Meets quarterly. 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. County Council-appointed

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • 1 Vacancy for geographic area representative. Four-year term
  • 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.

Meets the second Thursday of the month or as needed. 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.  Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed

HORTICULTURE PEST AND DISEASE BOARD
1 Vacancy. 2-year term. 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. Meeting schedule is to be determined. County Council-appointed 

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF WHATCOM COUNTY
1 Vacancy – (as of 4/18/24 - appointments by County Executive and Bellingham Mayor) The Board serves to provide quality, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families, elderly households, and persons with disabilities through innovative resource development and responsible stewardship of our housing and fiscal resources. The five members meet monthly and serve five-year terms. Executive-appointed    

JUSTICE PROJECT FINANCE ADVISORY BOARD
2 Vacancies, 2-year and 3-year terms. Applicants must be one of the following: representative of the behavioral health system or an individual with lived experience in the criminal justice system. The Justice Project Finance Advisory Board (FAB) is created by the Whatcom County Justice Project Implementation Plan and Ordinance 2023-039.  The FAB will oversee and report annually to the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force and County Council on the financial performance of the Public Health, Safety, and Justice Tax Fund and associated programs. Council-appointed

JUSTICE PROJECT OVERSIGHT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE
Up to 8 Vacancies, 2-year and 3-year terms. Applicants must be one of the following: Behavioral health service provider, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider, supportive housing subject matter expert, reentry specialist, recovery subject matter expert, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedic, or criminal legal system users, including those formerly incarcerated. The Justice Project Oversight and Planning (JPOP) Committee is created by the Whatcom County Justice Project Implementation Plan and Ordinance 2023-039. It is a subcommittee of the Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force. The JPOP Committee will monitor Task Force and County progress toward Implementation Plan goals, contribute to the Task Force annual report to the County Council, and recommend periodic updates to the plan.  Additionally, the Committee will identify metrics for performance accountability related to each plan project. Council-appointed 

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE 
4 Vacancies – Applicant positions include, citizen at large, Nooksack Tribe representative, Lummi Tribe representative, and city of Blaine elected official. 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
5 upcoming vacancies (as of 6/30/24). Majority of board should include senior citizens representatives of local government, minority groups, and citizen, professional, and community organizations.  The 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. Three-year term. Executive-appointed 

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies, 4-year terms. Applicants must represent the active farming community within the county. 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
6 vacancies, 4-year terms. One partial term ending 1/31/2025. Two positions reserved for Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe representatives. Meets quarterly. 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. County Council-appointed

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 3-year term. Meets quarterly. Applicants must represent the agriculture industry. No two committee members 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. County Council-appointed

SUMAS/EVERSON/NOOKSACK FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE  
1 Vacancy, 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.  

SURFACE MINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
6 Vacancies, two 4-year terms and four 2-year terms. Meets quarterly. No two representatives can be from the same company or public interest group. Applicant must meet one of the following requirements: Civil or geotechnical engineer with no direct or indirect financial business ties to the industry; geologist; representative of agriculture; representative of forestry; ecologist, or; environmental consultant. The committee provides ongoing public input and advice to Whatcom County on issues related to surface mining in Whatcom County. County Council-appointed

VETERAN’S ADVISORY BOARD
3 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply. Only veterans are eligible to serve as board members, and no fewer than a majority of the board members shall be members from nationally recognized veterans' service organizations. The Board was created to advise 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. Meets monthly. Four-year term. Executive-appointed 

WHATCOM COUNTY FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy. Partial term ending 1/31/2026. Applicant must not live or own property on Lummi Island and live in unincorporated Whatcom County. Priority given to one Lummi Nation member. The Whatcom County Ferry Advisory Committee provides review and recommendations to the Whatcom County Council and Executive on issues that affect the ongoing operations and infrastructure of ferry service to Lummi Island. The committee also provides a forum for those who depend upon Lummi Island ferry service to voice their ideas and concerns about the ferry service. Council-appointed

WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies, one 4-year term and one partial term ending 1/31/2027, applicants must have 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 conservation biologist, natural resources manager, watershed scientist, conservation ecological restoration specialist, forestry protection, or tribal representative. County Council-appointed