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Job openings with local Whatcom businesses open, how to apply

Finding a job can be difficult, and as students are finishing school and coming home from college, there may be fewer opportunities around Whatcom County.


But as tourist season approaches and Bellingham looks forward to a busy summer, local restaurants, entertainment spots and businesses are looking for help.

The Bellingham Herald has done the job search for you, and found several local businesses that are currently hiring:

Boundary Bay Brewery – multiple positions available


Boundary Bay Brewery is a restaurant and is currently hiring dishwashers, servers, bartenders and hosts.

The bartender position is a seasonal part-time position that includes responsibilities such as serving beers, ciders, wine and cocktails to guests, talking to customers and cleaning. The job requires bartending and brewery experience. To apply, those who are interested can email a resume and the job they are applying for to [email protected]

The server position is a part-time seasonal position that involves interacting and being attentive to guests. Previous serving and brewery experience is preferred, but not required. To apply, those who are interested can email a resume and the job they are applying for to [email protected]

The host position is a seasonal part-time role that includes greeting guests, monitoring a wait list, showing guests to tables, bussing tables and assisting servers. Those who are interested can apply by emailing a resume and the job title they are applying for to [email protected]

The dishwasher position is responsible for cleaning dishes during and after restaurant hours. The position pays $15 an hour plus tips. For more information or to apply, email [email protected] with a resume and the job title you are applying for.

Pickford Film Center – Business manager


The Business manager is responsible for bookkeeping, accounting, human resource responsibilities and preparing financial reports. The position requires over five years of experience in non-profit accounting, training in legal requirements for human resources and experience with Word, Windows Microsoft Excel, Quickbooks and other software, The part-time position will require 25 hours of work a week and pay between $23 – $25 an hour. To apply, drop off a cover letter and resume at the Pickford Film Center or email to [email protected]

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The Pickford Film Center is located in Bellingham at 1318 Bay St.

Northwest Washington Fair – multiple positions available


The Northwest Washington Fair is back this year and is looking for help to throw the 10-day event. Every year the fair hires over 300 workers in a variety of positions including restroom cleaners, ticket sellers, event staff, and garbage crew workers.

The fair takes place August 11 – 20 and includes live entertainment, animal barns and a carnival.

Applicants must be 14 years or older and available to work August 11 – 21 and can apply by picking up an application at the fair office, located at 1775 Front St.

Nelson Driving School LLC – Driving instructor

Bellingham, Nooksack, Mount Baker, Blaine and Meridian High Schools

Nelson Driving School is currently looking for an experienced and licensed driving instructor, but will also train the right person who applies. The part-time job requires you to be 21 years or older, have a valid license for 5 or more years, a high school diploma, the availability to work weekdays and some weekends, a clean driving and criminal record, and the ability to pay for a background check, fingerprinting and any DOL licensing fees. The pay will range from $15 – $22 an hour depending on experience and requires 100 hours of training.

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Those who are interested can find more information on the company’s website, or by contacting Nelson Driving School at 360-756-8777.

One Stop Mail Shop – Customer service associate


The One Stop Mail Shop is a family-owned shipping business that is looking for a customer service associate. The job requires availability on Mondays and Fridays and will include duties such as running a cash register, using shipping software and assisting customers. The job pays $14.49 an hour and those who are interested can apply online through Facebook or stop by the store in Ferndale at 1730 Labounty Drive, Suite 9.

Sustainable Connections – multiple positions available


Sustainable Connections is a local nonprofit that seeks to help businesses and communities through creating ideas, events and projects to benefit the Pacific Northwest, and is currently hiring for three positions.

The Housing and Smart Growth Program Manager is a full-time position in charge of leading the operations of the Whatcom Housing Alliance and addressing local housing issues. The job requires at least three years of experience in public policy, housing development or affordable housing, as well as other leadership experience. The salary ranges from $55,000 – $62,000 a year depending on experience and qualifications.

The Lead Nursery Manager is a full-time position that involves leading the coordination and planning of growing over 1,200 fruit trees and other edible and ornamental plants in the greenhouse. The position requires a degree in horticulture or a related field or at least four years of experience in plant production and maintenance, experience leading teams and staff members and the ability to work outdoors in all weather. The salary ranges from $18 – $20 a year depending on experience and qualifications.

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The Grants Manager is a full-time position that involves identifying, writing and reporting on grants and contracts for various programs and projects. The position requires two to three years of experience working with grants, contracts and funding opportunities, communication skills, the ability to work with others but also independently and the ability to complete tasks well in a time-sensitive environment. The salary ranges from $50,000 to $65,000 a year depending on qualifications and experience.

All three positions will remain open until filled and can be applied to by emailing a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three professional references by email to [email protected]

Wood’s Coffee – multiple positions available

Lynden, Blaine and Ferndale Locations

Wood’s Coffee is a popular Pacific Northwest coffee company located throughout Washington state and is hiring in multiple locations and multiple positions.

The Ferndale Wood’s office is hiring bakery workers to make the pastries and food customers can enjoy at each Wood’s location. Full-time and part-time positions are available, and for more information, those who are interested can fill out an application online.

Barista positions are also available at Wood’s locations in Bellingham, Lynden, Blaine and Ferndale. Baristas are responsible for making beverages, serving food, assisting customers and taking care of the store. Part time and full time positions are available, and for more information, those who are interested can fill out an application online.

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Alyse Messmer-Smith is a service journalism reporter at the Bellingham Herald. If you like stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a subscription to our newspaper.

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