Current Vacancies

(Last updated 9/23/2016)
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County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions
ACME/VAN ZANDT 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. 
   

AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE


2 Vacancies.  
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 BOARD


3 Vacancies.  Positions are Mental Health Advocate and Addiction Recovery Advocate.
The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Health Department, advising on general priorities for behavioral health programs, including substance abuse and mental health services.  The board membership shall adhere to rules described in RCW 70.96A ensuring that the membership is composed of residents who reflect minority groups and the diversity within the community.  Meet on a bi-monthly basis; Three year term. Executive-appointed. 
 

BELLINGHAM-WHATCOM COUNTY COMMISSION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


1 Vacancy.  Position is Human Service Provider.
The Commission develops and implements a coordinated comprehensive domestic violence plan that is monitored, evaluated and updated on a regular basis.  Promotes coordinated and increased collaboration of institutions, systems and services as they respond to offenders, victims, children and others who have been impacted by domestic violence.  Increases community awareness and understanding about domestic violence.  Commission meets the fourth Thursday of each month and serves a four 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 four year term. Executive-appointed. 
 
BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD 
1 Vacancy.  
This five-member Board reviews and makes decisions concerning boundary changes, including annexation, specific water sewer extensions, incorporations, dissolutions and disincorporations of jurisdictions and creations, partial mergers and consolidations of special purpose districts (RCW 36.93).  The Board meets monthly on second Thursdays, as needed, and members serve a four year term. Executive-appointed. 
 

COUNTY APPEALS BOARD


1 Vacancy.  Applicant 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. 



DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)
1 Vacancy.  Applicant may be a member of general citizenry, but must have professional expertise that relates to development standards and/or land development.
The TAC reviews and recommends, for County Executive consideration, all proposed new, and proposed revisions to, Whatcom County Development Standards.  It also hears and recommends appeals to Technical Administrator Final Decisions.  The TAC operates to ensure compliance with land use regulations and comprehensive plans.  Seven members typically meet two times a month or on an as-needed basis and serve a maximum of two 2-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. Executive-appointed. 
 

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT


2 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. Council-Appointed.
 

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

 
2 Vacancies, geographic area representatives, one 4-year term and one partial term ending 1/31/2010. 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, 4-year term. Applicants must be 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. 

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. 

MARINE RESOURCE COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 4-year term. Applicant must have relevant Conservation and Environmental Interest experience. 
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.  Executive-appointed.
      
NORTH SOUND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION  ADVISORY BOARD
2 Vacancies, three-year term.
The North Sound Behavioral Health Organization 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. Members must represent the demographics of our area. Executive-appointed.
 

NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD
 2 Vacancies, 4-year terms. Must reside in Noxious Weed district 3 or district 5 and have ten signatures from registered voters in that district. Four of the five members must be engaged in agricultural production. 
  • 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.
  • District No. 5 - Includes Lummi Island; Extends east to west to the south boundary of Acme; South  Boundary is Skagit County Line; East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County.
Four board members shall be involved in the primary production of agriculture products. However, this does not require that agriculture be a primary source of income for these members. 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 715-7470 for more information. All applications should be sent to the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board, 322 N. Commercial St., Suite 110, Bellingham WA 98225.  

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE


4 Vacancies, 4-year terms
The committee represents the active farming community in the county to serve 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 annually at the end of August. Council-appointed. 
     

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

: 1 Vacancy. 3-year term
1 vacancy representing a solid waste disposal facility
No two representatives can be from the same company or public interest group
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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, 2-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.  Meets as needed. Council-appointed. 

VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD
1 Vacancy; 4-year term.
Only veterans are eligible to serve as board members. The Board advises the County Executive and County Council on the needs of local indigent veterans, and programs that could benefit the needs of local indigent veterans and their families.  Members meet bi-monthly.  Executive-appointed.
 
 

WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

: 1 vacancy, term ends July 31, 2017
Applicant 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 biologist, natural resources manager, watershed scientist, conservation specialist, forestry protection, and tribal representative. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR TECHNICAL EXPERTISE ON YOUR APPLICATION.
Purpose: The Wildlife Advisory Committee 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 management and protection into the community planning process. Council-appointed.