Our Team & Partners

Photo: Earth Day 2023. The Arboretum is a team effort!

Dedicated people make the Arboretum an inspiring place

Washington Park Arboretum is a unique public-private collaboration between the University of Washington, the City of Seattle, and the Arboretum Foundation. The Foundation is composed of a small but versatile staff, an engaged and creative Board of Directors, and an army of hardworking volunteers.


It takes a team of creative and passionate people to run the Arboretum Foundation. Learn about our staff and what they do to help make the Arboretum the special place it is today. Read our team values, which guide our everday work.

Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board plays an integral role in sustaining and enhancing the Arboretum. Board members donate their expertise in areas of finance, advocacy, marketing, horticulture, and more and help to fundraise throughout the year. Meet the Board.

Job Opportunities

Headquartered in the Graham Visitors Center at beautiful Washington Park Arboretum, the Arboretum Foundation is an exciting place to work. If you’re interested in joining our team, keep an eye on our Job Opportunities page.

Our University and City Partners

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The Arboretum is cooperatively managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, with major support from the Arboretum Foundation. The City owns the land and maintains the roads, trails, lawns, and utilities, while the University owns and curates the plant collections. The Foundation raises important funds to support Arboretum operations and special projects.

The Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee (ABGC)—an advisory group made up of representatives of the University of Washington, City of Seattle, and the Arboretum Foundation, as well as state and mayoral appointees—meets on a monthly basis to discuss the best means of stewarding the Arboretum for the benefit of current and future generations. Visit the ABGC website for more information and to view meeting agendas and minutes.

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