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 a multidisciplinary institution focused on art, nature, and Northwest history, and located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. Our three-building campus is sited on the ancestral homeland of the Coast Salish People. The Museum works actively to build an inclusive environment and values all people.  As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Museum is committed to assembling a staff with a multitude of viewpoints and perspectives that help us relate and communicate to all members of our diverse community. Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Decolonization stand at the forefront of the work we do. In creating authentic and meaningful experiences for all, we hope to inspire a love for history, spur creative engagement in art, and instill respect for our shared natural world.

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 Exhibition Preparator 

The Whatcom Museum is currently accepting applications for a Full-Time Exhibition Preparator for the Whatcom Museum Foundation.

The Exhibition Preparator works with the Museum Director of Exhibitions and Curator(s) to install and maintain Museum exhibitions onsite and off; performs a variety of general carpentry and construction in the preparation, installation, and maintenance of exhibitions; installs and maintains audio-visual components. Requires significant technical knowledge and independent judgment to coordinate activities related to the Museum’s collections, programming, and exhibitions.

Reports to the Director of Exhibitions. Where appropriate, and under the supervision of the Director of Exhibitions, coordinates the activities of work study employees, volunteers, and student interns assigned to exhibition installation. Works independently under the guidance of Museum policies and procedures, adhering to all relevant city, state, and federal rules, regulations, and guidelines.

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • Ability to work as part of a team, demonstrating courtesy, tact, and good judgement in working with staff and the public.
  • Three years exhibition installation experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge in use of hand and power tools in carpentry.
  • Knowledge of museum standards and practices of registration, lighting, art handling, and conservation preferred.
  • Experience operating scissor lift: experience operating lift and forklift, preferred.
  • Ability to work an occasional alternate work schedule related to exhibition deadlines.
  • Skills in problem analysis, planning and organization, time management, adaptability, flexibility, and stress tolerance.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Office and computer skills sufficient to function in a professional role and ability to provide database support to collections management.
  • Ability and willingness to demonstrate the Public Service Competencies of Service Orientation, Results Orientation, and Teamwork and Cooperation.
  • Computer experience specific to data entry, cataloging, and inventory.

Compensation is $35,000 – $45,000 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 Exhibition Preparator 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.

Please send your resume and cover letter via e-mail at info@whatcommuseum.org or by mailing to Attn: Exhibition Preparator Position, Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham WA 98225.

Position is open until filled.

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

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Full-Time Development Manager

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

The Development Manager administers and supervises all aspects of the Museum’s diverse fundraising streams, including annual drives, grant writing, personal and corporate sponsorships, and special events. Working closely with the Executive Director, they will assist with creating and maintaining relationships with current and prospective donors. The role also entails close collaboration with the Marketing and Public Relations Manager to ensure that external communications support development efforts. As development is carried out in support of the Museum’s mission and goals, the Development Manager is also expected to collaborate across the institution’s departments to aid in providing funding and support.

Reports to the Whatcom Museum Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and works closely with the Executive Director. Works independently under department, city, state, and federal rules, regulations, and guidelines. Provides indirect supervision to volunteers and interns.

Essential Duties:

  1.  In conjunction with the Executive Director, CFO, and/or Development Committee, assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive fundraising program that aligns with the Museum’s philanthropic goals and mission. This includes setting fundraising goals and objectives and developing strategies for cultivating and soliciting major gifts, planned gifts, corporate/foundation gifts, and sponsorships. Assists in the creation of a compelling case for philanthropic support for the Museum on an annual basis.
  2.  Oversees all grant-related tasks in support of exhibitions, education, programs, and capital projects in conjunction with other members of the Museum’s leadership team.
  3.  Manages Annual Fund campaigns, along with other offers, benefits, and unique experiences to increase engagement and raise funds.
  4.  Collaborates with staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, and vendors to host fundraising and member events.
  5.  Plans and proactively organizes fundraising events, including publicity, preliminary activities, day-of event logistics, post-event cleaning, and post event analysis.
  6.  Assists CFO and Executive Director in the preparation of annual budget for Development, Annual Appeal campaigns, and events; implements and monitors approved budget; submits reports and other information to CFO and Executive Director as requested.
  7.  Collaborates with the Membership & Visitor Experience Manager and the Marketing & PR Manager to design and implement new and retaining membership campaigns and programs.
  8.  Assists the Executive Director with communication, fund development, marketing, and other responsibilities as assigned. Performs other related duties as assigned by CFO and/or the Executive Director of the Museum.

Compensation is $45,000 – $65,000 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.

Please send your resume and cover letter via e-mail at info@whatcommuseum.org or by mailing to Attn: Exhibition Preparator Position, Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham WA 98225.

Position is 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.