Current Vacancies

BOARDS AND COMMISSION VACANCIES
This following list represents all current volunteer positions on Executive-appointed and Council-appointed boards, committees, and commissions.  All volunteers must be registered voters and residents of Whatcom County.
 
 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  4/11/18)
Please see how to apply.
County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions
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
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. Executive-appointed

BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies.  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 4-year term.  Executive-appointed.

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
1 Vacancy, 3-year term representing County Council District 4
Applicant must reside in Council District 4. The Board ensures that all properties are valued at 100% of market value. The Board may equalize property values by either lowering or raising land/building assessments. The Board generally meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with occasional Tuesday meetings as the caseload requires. Members receive $75 per diem for attending hearings. Council-appointed.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADVISORY BOARD

1 Vacancy - This 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
3 vacancies - 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. Council-appointed

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies, various terms
• 1 Vacancy for a commercial forest landowner (or qualified designee)
• 2 Vacancies for a forest product manufacturer
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.


LAKE WHATCOM STORMWATER UTILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
These applications are due by 10:00 a.m. April 25, 2018 for appointment on May 8, 2018 by the Whatcom County Council.
4 Vacancies - Applicants will be geographically representative of a broad spectrum of stakeholders from within the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Service Area. Applicants must maintain a primary residence within the service area. (See Map)
1 Vacancy - applicant must be a representative of the Sudden Valley Community Association
Terms – all terms will last until the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility rate structure is established.
The committee will represent rate payers in the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Service Area and advise Whatcom County Public Works staff and the Whatcom County Council on recommended rate structure options and a funding mechanism. Council 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 monthly. 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. Council acting as Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed.

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE

1 Vacancy - 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

1 Vacancy. 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

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 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.

PLANNING COMMISSION
1 Vacancy, Partial term ending 1/31/2021
Applicants must be a resident of District 1.  The Planning Commission shall assist the Planning & Development Services Department in carrying out its duties, including assistance in the preparation and execution of the comprehensive plan and recommendations to the department for the adoption of official controls and/or amendments.  The Commission shall conduct hearings as required under RCW 36.70, and shall make findings and conclusions that shall be transmitted to the Planning & Development  Services Department and County Council.  The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the evenings. 
Council-appointed


PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
3 vacancies -  1 appointment is for partial term ending 1/31/2019, 1 appointment for  partial term ending 1/31/2021, 1 appointment for partial term ending 1/31/2022.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 - county farmer position. This committee provides oversight and evaluation of the Agricultural Purchase of Development Rights program for Whatcom County.  The 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
• 1 vacancy representing agriculture
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

1 vacancy, 4-year term. 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.

WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy - Term ending December 31, 2022. 
The committee will advise 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 managment and protection into the community planning process. (Application deadline to this vacancy is 10:00 a.m. April 17, 2018) Council-appointed