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City of Seattle on the lookout for tree lovers

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on February 6th, 2014

Do you dream of living in a tree house? Do you eagerly await the first leaf buds in the spring? Do you love to lie on your back and watch branches dancing in the breeze? If so, you may be the perfect person to apply for a Tree Ambassador position as part of The City of Seattle’s reLeaf program.

The City of Seattle is on the lookout for new Tree Ambassadors who have the fantastic opportunity to nurture Seattle’s trees through their involvement in a variety of project areas. Volunteers are trained within a project area and have the opportunity to attend a variety of fun and informative workshops on topics like pruning, tree identification, and community engagement.

Tree Ambassadors also get opportunities for unique experiences like learning to climb trees with professional rigging and tours of local botanic treasures.

The reLeaf program is currently recruiting new Tree Ambassadors in the following areas:

  • Tree Walks: Show off your favorite trees in your favorite part of Seattle. You’ll learn the basics of making maps, identifying trees, and creating walking routes to engage your neighbors and coworkers in the urban landscape. Check out the tree walks created by current Tree Ambassadors here! Next training: Wednesday, March 12 and Saturday, March 15 (attend both)
  • Landscape Renewal:  Does seeing a tree choked by ivy drive you crazy? This project track is for you. This project track will teach you to plan and organize small-scale renovation projects. Renovation work includes removing invasive plants, planting trees and understory plants, and mulching. You’ll learn how to develop a plan, recruit volunteers, and lead work parties. Next trainingWednesday, April 2 and Saturday, April 5 (attend both)
  • Street Tree Stewardship: Never fear young street trees, the Tree Ambassadors are here! Volunteers in this project area adopt street tree plantings and help the City’s young street trees thrive. Tree Ambassadors learn to plan work parties and recruit volunteers to mulch, weed, and care for the trees that are essential to making Seattle’s neighborhoods walkable, sustainable, beautiful, and healthy. Next training: May 17.

No previous tree experience is necessary to get involved in the reLeaf programm. If you are interested in learning more or applying to become a Tree Ambassador, click here. If you have any questions about the program contact Seattle reLeaf at (206) 615-1668 or email treeambassador@seattle.gov.

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1 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 CK // Feb 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I love gardening, I’m going to look into this. Can’t wait until the Cherry tree in my front yard blooms in mid-April…

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