Apply to the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission

Applications are accepted on a continual basis and notices are posted here when interviews are conducted, which occurs when there are vacancies.

Appointments are for three years and not compensated. Commissioners will have knowledge in the areas specific to the position for which they are applying, and a willingness to devote approximately 10 hours a month to UFC meetings and other Commission duties.

For more information, please contact Patti Bakker, Urban Forestry Commission Coordinator, at (206) 684-3194 or via email at

Applicants must reside or work within the City of Seattle. UFC meetings take place the first and third Wednesday of each month from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and include both remote and in-person participation options. The details can be found in the Meeting Documents section of this website.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume to Patti Bakker ( To send a paper submittal, address it to: Patti Bakker, Urban Forestry Commission Coordinator, Urban Forestry Commission, Office of Sustainability & Environment, City of Seattle, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1868. PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA 98124-4729.

If you have questions about the application process or UFC, please contact Patti Bakker in the Office of Sustainability and Environment at (206) 684-3194, or e-mail at

Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Women, youth, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

The Urban Forestry Commission provides recommendations on and monitors implementation of plans, policies, and legislation related to the protection, management, and conservation of trees in Seattle.