The City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program has helped Seattle residents plant over 10,300 trees in their yards and along the street. UW Botanic Gardens will be supporting Trees for Neighborhoods in fall 2020, and we have two temporary, full-time openings for fall crew members. We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.

2020 Fall Crew Members (2 positions)

Pay rate: $20.36/hour
Dates: September 21, 2020 through late October/early November 2020
Estimated hours: Approx. 205 hours each. Up to 40 hours/week for 5-6 weeks estimated.

Under the direction of UW Botanic Gardens Adult Education Supervisor, and in close coordination with City of Seattle Program Manager, plan and carry out tree delivery to households across Seattle. All trees will be delivered with bagged mulch and watering bags. Most work will occur at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St., Seattle), and driving a University vehicle throughout the city of Seattle.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

 Load, unload, and transport watering bags and other program supplies between City of Seattle and UW facilities.
 Unload deliveries of trees from nursery trucks.
 Complete trainings related to program content, driver safety, and workplace health and safety.
 Prepare tree supplies to be distributed to participants, including filling bags of woodchip mulch, affixing instructional stickers to tree pots, and attaching instructional cards to water bags.
 Manage temporary nursery space, watering trees when needed and setting up and securing temporary fencing for rabbit protection around trees at all times.
 Deliver 1,000 trees and supplies to residences throughout Seattle. Includes route planning, loading and unloading trees and supplies with careful attention to detail.


 Strong interpersonal and verbal skills
 Strong attention to detail
 Ability to bend, squat, and lift up to 30 pounds frequently
 Ability to work independently and as part of a team
 Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a UW pickup truck throughout Seattle
 Background check required


 Knowledge of and experience with tree planting and care in a landscape setting
 Experience communicating with the public and/or providing excellent customer service
 Crew members with bilingual skills in Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese are strongly desired

To apply, email your resume and statement of interest to Jessica Farmer at

Applications will be reviewed starting 8/19/20.