Current Vacancies

This list represents all vacant volunteer positions on Executive-appointed and Council-appointed boards, committees, and commissions.
(last updated 11/22/2017)
Please see how to apply.
County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions
1 Vacancy - Expertise in Ag Programs
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 - from disabled community
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.  Three year term. Executive-appointed. 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy - Mental Health Recovery Advocate
This committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Executive via the Health Department, advising on general priorities for behavioral health programs, including substance abuse and mental health services. There are 11 members, serving three year terms, and they meet quarterly.  Executive-appointed.

 

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT


4 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 Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District. Council-appointed.

EMS OVERSIGHT BOARD
1 Vacancy - Finance/Budget Citizen Representative
The Board makes recommendations to Whatcom County and the cities and fire districts of Whatcom County regarding administration, operations, levels of service and EMS budgets.  Meetings are held on a quarterly basis.  This position is one of 3 board positions that is jointly appointed by the County Executive and the Bellingham Mayor.

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE


1 Vacancy representing a geographical area. 4-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.


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. 

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE


  • 1 Vacancy for a Commercial forest landowner or qualified designee. Term ends 1/31/2021.
  • 2 Vacancies for a forest product manufacturer.  Various terms
PLEASE INDICATE ON THE APPLICATION WHICH QUALIFICATION APPLIES.
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. Meets the third Thursday of the month. Council-appointed.

INCARCERATION PREVENTION AND REDUCTION TASK FORCE: 1 Vacancy
1 Vacancy: Membership requirements: Must be a representative of one of the following: Community Health Center - Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Partial Term ending 1/31/2020.
The Task Force reviews Whatcom County’s criminal justice and behavioral health programs and makes specific recommendations to safely and effectively reduce incarceration of individual struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency, and minimize jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safety be released. Council-appointed.

LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 vacancy representing a Whatcom County Lodging Tax Collector.
This committee serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive, advising on recommendations for use of this special fund as allowed in RCW 67.28.180.  The committee membership shall adhere to rules described in RCW 67.28.1816 ensuring that the membership is composed of at least two members who are tax collectors and two members who are involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received through this tax. 
Executive-appointed.

LUMMI ISLAND FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE


1 Vacancy: County resident not living or owning property on Lummi Island, partial term ending 1/31/2019
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. (Applications due 10:00 a.m. Nov. 28, 2017)

LYNDEN/EVERSON 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.
 
OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies
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

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT

1 Vacancy, partial term ending 1/31/2019
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.  Council appointed

PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PDR) OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE


1 Vacancy.  Applicant position is for an individual with real estate experience.   
This committee provides oversight and evaluation of the Agricultural Purchase of Development Rights program for Whatcom County.  This program enhances the protection of the County's farmland, enhances the long-term viability of agricultural enterprises within the County and provides public benefit by retaining properties in permanent resource use.  Meets on a quarterly basis, as needed; four-year term.  Executive-appointed

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE


3 Vacancies
1 Vacancy representing Citizen - partial term ending 1/31/2019
1 Vacancy representing Public Interest Group - partial term ending 1/31/2021
1 Vacancy representing Agriculture 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


1 Vacancy. 4-year term
1 Vacancy representing Public Interest Group, partial term ending 1/31/2020.
Applicant must be an Ecologist.  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.  This committee is on hiatus, but may meet as needed. Council-appointed.

VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD

1 Vacancy - Veteran.  4-year term
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.  Executive-appointed.