• Neighborhood Tree Ambassador Program

    Neighborhood Tree Ambassadors are volunteers who help promote the value and benefits of trees in the city by creating tree tours, supporting tree programs, and providing education to community members.

    See our Ambassadors' tree tours here.

    If you are passionate about trees, looking for a way to get involved in your community, and want to learn more about trees, consider becoming a Neighborhood Tree Ambassador. See the volunteer guide for more information about qualifications, responsibilities, and the schedule.

    Volunteer Guide

    Qualifications

    Neighborhood tree ambassadors do not need any prior knowledge or experience. Ambassadors only need an interest in trees, the environment, and community involvement.

    Ambassadors must:

    • Live, work, or attend school in Bellevue
    • Be at least 14 years old
    • Attend both online training workshops
    • Commit to creating at least one tour

    Training

    Volunteers in the 2021 program will receive training in tree identification, environmental education, and local environmental history. Volunteers will work with Bellevue’s Urban Forestry Specialist to create tree tours in their neighborhoods and will have opportunities to support community tree planting, preservation, and education efforts.

    Key Responsibilities

    With help from the City of Bellevue’s Urban Forestry Specialist, Neighborhood Tree Ambassadors will:

    • Choose a location and route for at least one tree tour
    • Develop an outline of the tree tour
    • Help advertise the tour to community members
    • Produce photos and content for the tour or film the tree tour with their narration

    COVID-19 Safety

    All training events and meetings will be held online in accordance with state guidelines. Tree tours are currently in downloadable PDF format for people to walk independently. Volunteers may create downloadable PDF tours or video tours in 2021. If guidelines change to allow safe, in-person gatherings, volunteers who feel comfortable will have the option of leading their tree tours in person a minimum of three times while following any state guidelines.

    To Apply

    Applications are closed for this year. To be notified when applications open again, email trees@BellevueWA.gov

    Please contact Urban Forestry Specialist Rachel Wells at rwells@bellevuewa.gov with any questions.