Enjoy working with kids and looking for a flexible schedule? Become a substitute for Bellingham Public Schools!

As a substitute, you provide an extremely valuable service to our schools. Without you, we would not be able to offer our students a seamless educational experience on the days when regular staff are absent. This is a highly valued and very important service, for which we thank you!

We are always hiring substitutes for teaching, administrative assistants, bus drivers, food services, paraeducators and more!

How to Apply

Certificated substitute teacher or classified substitute candidates: visit our current job openings and search for listings by job type. Follow the process in HRM-plus to complete your application.

Emergency Substitute Teacher

Interested in substituting as a classroom teacher, but don’t have a teaching certificate? Consider applying to be an emergency substitute teacher. The district will assist all hired candidates in obtaining a Washington State Emergency Substitute Teaching Certificate and will provide training. For your application to be considered for review, you must have a bachelor’s degree, experience working with children and a willingness to work on an on-call basis. You will be notified of assignments 24 hours in advance. If you have questions, please email substitute.services@bellinghamschools.org.

Pay Rate

Certificated Half Day:  $85.00
Certificated Full-Day:  $170.00

Classified hourly rate ranges from $19.24 to $24.57 depending on position.

Accepting Jobs

You can accept jobs via the automated Frontline phone system 1-800-942-3767 or the Frontline website.

To access Frontline, you will use your Frontline ID that you created when first hired into the substitute pool. When receiving the Frontline automated calls, your pin number is the last four digits for your phone number. If you’ve forgotten your pin or Frontline ID, please email Human Resources.

Please note that once you log onto Frontline you will have access to additional training documentation as well as the ability to watch short online training videos on your computer screen.

Substitute Handbook

View our Substitute Handbook for information about professional development, network account, scheduling jobs and substitute responsibilities.



Gabrielle Roberts

Human Resources Specialist

360-676-6470 Ext: 2784