Vacancies & Applications

Community members make a difference in how the City of Arcata will look and work in the future by volunteering on City Committees. The Arcata City Council relies on committee members to advise them on topics including economic development, trail and road maintenance, transportation, sustainable agriculture, public safety and police services.


Committee Vacancies

The City currently has open vacancies on the Public Safety Committee, the Historic Landmarks Committee and the Transportation Safety Committee. Please review the packets below for more information or to apply:



General Committee Application 

Community members who wish to apply to serve on a committee that currently has no vacancies, please fill out this general application form and mail or deliver it to:


Attn: Commissions and Committees

Arcata City Manager's Office

736 F Street

Arcata, CA 95521


You will be notified when a vacancy arises, and thank you for your interest in serving our community!



Committee Appointments

The Arcata City Council interviews all qualified committee applicants. A majority vote of the Council is needed to be appointed s a member of a City Committee.



Qualifications to Serve on a City Committee

Unless expressly provided under specified sections for each committee in the Arcata Municipal Code Title II, Chapter 3, all boards, commissions and committees shall be comprised of 7 members. No less than 5 members shall be residents of the City of Arcata and the remaining 2 must live or work in the Arcata Planning Area.


To check your residential status, please review the documents below: