Caucasian man wearing a long-sleeved button down shirt with salt and pepper short hair leans on a counter in an office that has large-format historical city maps.

Photo Archivist & Historian Jeff Jewell works in the Museum’s archive research room.

Thank you for your interest in employment at the Whatcom Museum. Positions currently available are listed below. The Whatcom Museum is a non-profit organization operated jointly by the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum Foundation. Some of our positions are hired through the Whatcom Museum Foundation and others through the City of Bellingham.

The Whatcom Museum is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Museum follows the City of Bellingham’s Equal Opportunity Employment policy and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply!

Open positions (City of Bellingham):

There are no current openings.

In addition to the employment information available on the City of Bellingham website, you may call Human Resources at 360.778.8220 to obtain full job descriptions and application forms.

Open positions (Whatcom Museum Foundation):

Full-Time Development Manager

The Whatcom Museum is currently accepting applications for Full-Time Development Manager of the Whatcom Museum Foundation.

Reporting to the Whatcom Museum Chief Financial Officer and working closely with the Executive Director, the Development Manager’s primary focus is administrating and managing all aspects of the Museum’s development program, Annual fund drive, grants, and special fundraising events. The Development Manager works closely with the Executive Director to develop and tract prospects and donors, donor communications, and events. Works with the Marketing and Public Relations Manager to ensure that the Museum’s external communications support the Museum’s development efforts. Works with and provides guidance to Membership and Visitor Experience Manager regarding Membership fulfillment and communications. Works independently under department, city, state, and federal rules, regulations, and guidelines. Provides indirect supervision to volunteers and interns.

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in the fields of either Business, Marketing or Communications. A minimum of two years of experience managing databases, membership programs, event handling, fundraising, or a combination thereof are preferred, but a combination of experience and training that provides the applicant with the knowledge and skills to perform the job will be considered. Qualified applicants should have exceptional communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to be self-directing and to work with minimal supervision.

Compensation is $40,000 – $60,000 dependent on experience. An excellent full benefit package is offered, including an annual four weeks Paid-Time-Off (PTO) and twelve paid holidays, Medical and Dental insurance, and a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan.

Read the full Whatcom Museum Foundation Development Manager job description. If you are  qualified and interested in making a difference for art and history in our community, we
want you on our dynamic Whatcom Museum team! We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value diversity in our work force. P
lease send your resume and cover letter via e-mail at or by mailing to Attn: Development Manager Position, Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham WA 98225. Positions are open until filled.

**Please no phone calls or walk-ins. All applicants will be contacted with application status as our hiring process progresses.**

Our Mission: The Whatcom Museum provides innovative and interactive educational programs and exhibitions about art, nature, and Northwest history. We seek to stimulate curiosity about our changing cultural, natural, and historical landscapes, for the youngest to the oldest minds, and to inspire preservation of and creative contributions to our region and beyond.

Land Acknowledgement: The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.