Topic: Employment

EDC launches Mariner Training Initiative for Island Workers

Written on December 16, 2021 at 8:27 am, by

In response to the critical lack of maritime and ferry transportation workers, and the continued need for high-wage careers for islanders, the EDC has launched a Mariner Training Initiative. Workers seeking a new career are invited to the EDC’s new program on mariner workforce development. First, on Jan. 29th, 2022, the EDC will offer a  Continue Reading

Position Available on the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees

Written on December 3, 2021 at 4:45 am, by

Love your library? Join the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees! The Board is seeking candidates to fill a partial, two-year term vacancy on its five-member library board. This non-paid term of office spans from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023, with eligibility for reappointment to a full five-year term. Recommendation will be  Continue Reading

Help Wanted

Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Village at the Harbor is currently seeking individuals interested in joining our team. For over 13 years, the Village has been home to amazing seniors and has established a level of excellence second to none. We offer part and full-time employment opportunities with several different shifts. We feature a great work environment and truly have  Continue Reading

STAR Program is Hiring/Looking for Volunteers

Written on November 5, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Island rec is searching for some kid loving, capable people to help with our daily STAR- Study Time and Afternoon Recreation – program.  If you are 14+ looking for San Juan Service Scholarship Hours for school, or someone that thinks that volunteering for kid programs is right up their alley, we would love to have  Continue Reading

EDC to offer free Tree Worker Basics Course on Orcas Island

Written on September 22, 2021 at 10:10 am, by

People who want to make a living working with trees or forests are invited to a free, hands-on, outdoor course offered by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County (EDC).  The course will be taught by Carson Sprenger, proprietor of Rain Shadow Consulting at their Orcas Island facilities, Saturdays Oct. 30th – Nov. 20th,  Continue Reading

Learn to Run Construction Projects with the EDC and LCLT

Written on September 10, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

The Economic Development Council (EDC) and Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) are offering a free course on conceptual skills to run a construction project effectively. Instructors Sandy Bishop (Executive Director, Lopez Community Land Trust) and Pete Kilpatrick (former owner of Ravenhill Construction) will share their deep understanding and local perspective. The course will be on  Continue Reading

Mullis Center Hiring Part-time Maintenance Worker

Written on April 29, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Mullis Center The Mullis Center is looking to hire a part-time building and grounds maintenance worker. The position will be about 10 hours per week.  The organization requires 10 years of experience for the position. The Mullis Community Senior Center is designated as the Senior Services Center for San Juan Island. The organization  Continue Reading

Town Of Friday Harbor Hiring Lead Finance Clerk

Written on March 27, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From The Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of lead finance clerk. The lead finance clerk is responsible for varied and complex financial duties, including some of the duties of the finance director in their absence. The lead finance clerk performs a variety  Continue Reading

EDC Breaks Down Business Grant Opening, Unemployment Benefits Extension

Written on March 19, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan County Economic Development Council The Working Washington 4 Portal opens March 29. Working Washington Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures. To learn eligibility requirements, visit To register, visit Unemployment benefits have  Continue Reading

Job Opening At San Juan County Public Hospital District

Written on February 20, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 has a job opening for an executive assistant and hospital district affairs specialist. Click here for the full job description. The job is open until filled, but we begin interviews March 4. A successful applicant will need to pass a  Continue Reading

State Provides Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Written on December 28, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Governor Inslee’s Office On Dec. 27, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the state will provide funding for almost 100,000 Washingtonians who will lose federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits following President Trump’s refusal to act on the federal coronavirus relief package. The president had until midnight on Dec. 26 to sign the sweeping relief bill to  Continue Reading

Larsen Votes For Pandemic Relief

Written on December 22, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office On Dec. 21, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to deliver much-needed relief to families and small businesses in Northwest Washington who continue to struggle from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “With a third wave of COVID-19 spreading across the country, this long-overdue pandemic relief package addresses the continued public  Continue Reading

Port Holds Online Meeting On Proposed Marine Technical Center

Written on December 15, 2020 at 6:28 pm, by

By Port of Friday Harbor A special Port of Friday Harbor meeting will be held at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 16 via Zoom. Visit for instructions on how to log into the meeting. The Port of Friday Harbor has completed a conceptual design for a 15,000 sq. ft. Marine Technical Center and Island Oil Spill  Continue Reading

EDC Breaks Down Governor’s Press Conference

Written on December 13, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan County Economic Development Council The following was announced at Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Dec. 8 press conference: The COVID-19 restrictions announced on Nov. 15 will remain in effect for three more weeks, until Jan. 7, 2021. An additional $50 million has been allocated to Working Washington round 3 grants, bringing the  Continue Reading

Living Medical Arts Is Hiring

Written on October 18, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Living Medical Arts PLLC in Friday Harbor is growing. We are expanding our staff and currently looking for an office assistant. The position is year-round, approximately 30 day-time hours per week, with some benefits and in-house training. The right “can-do” person who thrives in a fast-paced office environment will have ample opportunity for growth. Those  Continue Reading

EDC, Port Talk Makerspace in the San Juans

Written on October 13, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The Economic Development Council of San Juan County invites the public to attend a virtual discussion on the creation of a makerspace system in the islands, from noon-1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in partnership with the Port of Friday Harbor.

Dental Therapy on the Swinomish Reservation

Written on October 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Asiah Gonzalez, a dental therapist, shares her views on the advantages of dental therapy. Growing up on the Swinomish reservation, I never imagined that I could have a career in medicine. I tried hard in school, but I never saw dentists or doctors who looked like the people I grew up with. That all changed  Continue Reading

San Juan County Business Grant Extended

Written on October 7, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

San Juan County has extended its Small Business Relief Grant program that launched on Sept. 1, 2020, to assist for-profit businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and opened eligibility to more organizations. Awards will range up to $5,000 for eligible San Juan County businesses to help them to remain open, retain jobs, and comply with  Continue Reading

SVC is Here for You

Written on September 9, 2020 at 10:44 am, by

Skagit Valley College’s Worker Retraining program covers tuition, books, and school-related fees to help those who are Unemployed. Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that we are offering you new options for Fall Quarter taught by our trained, experienced online instructors. Classes start Tuesday, September 22 and registration is going on now. Are you  Continue Reading

Help Wanted at the Library

Written on July 15, 2020 at 8:39 am, by

San Juan Island Library District Assistant Director / Adult Services Manager The San Juan Island Library District ( is seeking a highly capable, enthusiastic, creative, and customer service-orientated individual to develop, manage and implement library services for adults. The successful candidate will also assist the director with library administration.   Complete job description available at  Continue Reading

EDC Analysis of PPP Loan Data for San Juan County Businesses

Written on July 13, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

On Monday July 6 ,2020, the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) announced the release of detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This program was launched as a way to retain workers by providing funding to businesses impacted by the Covid-19 downturn.  Our local banks, the EDC and other entities worked  Continue Reading

The Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is hiring an Executive Director

Written on June 8, 2020 at 10:47 am, by

Applications are being accepted for the Executive Director of the Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA). Complete details on position and how to apply are available online at: As part of IOSA’s ongoing rebuild, this position will be responsible for day to day operations of the organization. This includes overseeing volunteers and future paid staff,  Continue Reading