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Urban Forestry Policy Advisor

Mar 22, 2022
seattle city
City of Seattle
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$119,016.00 - $125,280.00 Annually

Position Description


The Department

The Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) develops and implements citywide environmental policies and programs that propel our city toward a sustainable, equitable, and carbon neutral future.


The Job

The Urban Forestry Policy Advisor works with other departments to develop, implement and track progress in the Urban Forest Management Plan (Download PDF reader) (UFMP), which provides a framework for policy and action that guides city government decision-making to help Seattle maintain, preserve, enhance and restore its urban forest. In this role, you will develop new strategic approaches in alignment with the City’s environmental and climate justice priorities, lead and coordinate the City’s interdepartmental urban forestry teams, and serve as staff liaison to the Urban Forestry Commission.


What you will do:

  • Drive innovation from inside government to align and shift goals and investments, coordinating across multiple departments
  • Lift up and build community leadership, working to find ways to address health, livability, and other community priorities through nature-based approaches
  • Deliver results in a political environment 
  • Lead with focus on environmental justice to grow and sustain urban trees and natural areas and reach Seattle’s canopy cover and forest health and resilience goals.
  • Distill complex information into digestible formats, frame issues to facilitate decision-making, and identify strategic pathways forward
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders – Urban Forestry Commission, community-based organizations, nonprofits, foundations, academia, and other government agencies


Job Responsibilities


To be successful in this job, you are committed to:

  • Centering racial equity, environmental and climate justice in your interactions and work products
  • Increasing and building resilience of Seattle’s urban forest, especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities
  • Working collaboratively, aligning goals, creating strategies and plans with internal and external stakeholders
  • Staying current on innovations and best practices in urban forestry 


To be effective in this job, you have:

  • Successfully prepared for and facilitated small and large groups with competing agendas and priorities to identify common issues and create shared work plans to address them
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • An understanding of the complexities of managing the urban forest and the multiple roles of government in doing so
  • Experience navigating politically nuanced situations and quickly assessing both large overarching issues and subtleties before determining how to proceed
  • Drawn on research, analysis, and collaboration to define problems, options, and solutions 
  • Created and shared strategic communications and dialogue that reinforce the important connection between trees/nature and community, health, equity, and resilience
  • Sought grants and partnerships to continually expand scope and capabilities
  • Developed a variety of modes of communication to engage and inform diverse audiences 
  • Served as a key advisor and liaison to leadership and staff on urban forestry issues




A successful applicant will have a professional career that reflects a commitment to building collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships among Internal and external stakeholders.  This career orientation should be complemented by demonstrated technical knowledge and expertise in the following areas:


  • Advancing change
  • Racial equity, environmental and climate justice
  • Urban forestry 
  • Collaboration and relationship building
  • Facilitating shared goals and priorities and collective action
  • Delivering outcomes in a political and fast-paced environment
  • Communication, listening, writing, and presentation skills


Additional Information


Why work at the City?

The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services. 


In addition, to completing the application at fully, please attach:


  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this job and the skills and experience you would bring to it
  • A PDF of your current resume


Questions? Please contact Kate Moore at

Who may apply: This position is open to all applicants that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

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