Apply for substitute positions in Bellingham Public Schools

A Message from Human Resources in Bellingham Public Schools

Dear families and community members,

We are experiencing staffing and substitute shortages across our district, and we are asking families and community members to consider becoming a substitute or school volunteer.

Our district is dedicated to keeping schools open and operational, and we are aware of labor shortages impacting many industries, including education. Being a substitute offers flexibility and helps support our schools, staff and students in fulfilling The Bellingham Promise.

We are currently accepting applications for substitute teachers, emergency certified substitute teachers, paraeducators, bus drivers, warehouse/delivery drivers, custodians, nurses, food service staff and office personnel.

Emergency Certified Substitute Teacher

If you are interested in substituting as a classroom teacher and do not have a teaching certificate, you can consider applying to be an Emergency Substitute Teacher.

  • Bellingham Public Schools will assist all hired candidates with obtaining the Washington State Emergency Substitute Teaching Certificate and will provide training.
  • Emergency Substitute Teachers are hired throughout the school year as needed. Please complete a classified application and apply to the Emergency Substitute Teacher Pool.
  • You must meet the requirements listed below for your application to be considered for review:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with children
  • Willingness to work on an on-call basis (you will be notified of assignments 24 hours in advance)

Job Requirements for all substitute positions:

  • Successful completion of a fingerprint criminal history background check.
  • WA State Proclamation 21-14.1 requires all employees working for public and private K–12 schools to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical exemption. This directive became effective in October 2021.

Ready to apply?  For more information about position assignments and requirements, please click on this link to view job openings and descriptions

Please note that we will process and onboard applicants as soon as possible, which could take a few weeks or more after we receive an application, depending on the applicant’s availability and the capacity of our staff to process paperwork, and apply for the emergency substitute teaching certificate (if applicable).

How to volunteer

Interested in volunteering?  Please click here for more information about volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

Thank you for considering joining our BPS team!