Apply To Become Member of Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission

ForeignBorn in Washington StateCall for Applications for the Immigrant and Refugee Commission

The City of Seattle is opening up the application process for new commissioners to serve on the Immigrant and Refugee Commission. The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs was created in January 2012 and this commission is one of the many important ways in which the City ensures that they are actively engaging and working with  immigrant and refugee communities.

With the unprecedented growth in the foreign-born population since the 1980s, Seattle has become an increasingly multi-cultural city, rich with diversity. In keeping with the Race and Social Justice Initiative, Mayor Edward B. Murray and the Seattle City Council want to ensure that city government provides high-quality customer service to all, including immigrants and refugees living and working in Seattle, and that residents are engaged in all aspects of Seattle’s civic, economic and cultural life. To this end, the Immigrant and Refugee Commission was created in 2008.

Commissioners are appointed to two year terms, and duties include:

  • Advising the Mayor, City Council, and city departments and offices on ways to enhance and improve access to city services and resources for immigrants and refugees, as well as strengthening opportunities for immigrants and refugees to participate in civic life.
  • Advising the city on successful implementation of the Immigrant and Refugee Action Plan and on future updates to the plan.
  • Advising all city departments and offices in matters affecting immigrants and refugees, as appropriate.
  • Encouraging understanding between and among the various immigrant and refugee communities and the larger Seattle community.
  • Advocating on behalf of immigrant and refugees in the larger Seattle community.
  • Assisting in informing the direction of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Applications for both Mayoral vacancies will be accepted through March 10, 2014. To apply, send a resume and a cover letter or short bio to IMR_OIRA@seattle.gov.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs was created to recognize the importance and need for a strong relationship between the City of Seattle Government and the Immigrant and Refugee communities which it serves. The Office seeks to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s civic, economic, and cultural life; and to promote a citywide culture that understands and values the benefits associated with integration. The Office will set measurable outcomes to ensure a consistent implementation of principles of social justice issues which include employment, economic development, public health, student achievement, citizenship, public safety, and criminal justice, civic engagement and protection of civil rights.

Seattle Parks Continues Restoration of Mee-Kwa-Mooks Natural Area

MeeKwaMooks Area viewSeattle Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Green Seattle Partnership, is undertaking another project to preserve portions of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park off SW Jacobsen Road. Activities will include control of four acres of invasive weeds, planting thousands of native plants, erosion control and litter removal with the help of urban forestry crews and volunteer support.

The public can expect to see activity throughout the year on Parks-owned properties that lie along Jacobsen Road between the western boundary of SW Hudson and SW 56thAve. The public will still have access to enjoy Me-Kwa-Mooks Park on established trails throughout the duration of the project. The project will help conserve one of West Seattle’s most majestic green spaces while supporting the overall environmental stewardship goals of the urban forest system.

Dedicated citizens are also doing their part to take care of the park. Volunteer forest stewards and neighbors lead the removal of invasive plants and enhance wildlife habitat with native vegetation. Volunteer work parties are hosted on a regular basis throughout the year. People interested in volunteering can visit http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/map/ or contact Nicholas Stavish at sageandorchid@gmail.com to get involved. This is a unique way to experience parks and a great way to meet neighbors or satisfy school volunteer requirements.

Seattle is at risk of losing 70 percent of its trees in the forested natural areas during the next 20 years, and Seattle Parks has been working to reverse that trend. Seattle’s forested parkland covers nearly six percent of the metropolitan area and comprises 20 percent of Seattle’s overall urban forest canopy. The forest plays an important role in protecting air and water quality in the city, while also providing opportunities to observe urban wildlife, learn about the environment and participate in restoration activities. The Green Seattle Partnership is one of the largest public-private forest urban restoration programs in the country. To learn more about the program, visit www.greenseattle.org.

For more information on this project please contact Michael Yadrick, Seattle Parks Natural Resources Unit at 206-615-1046 or michael.yadrick@seattle.gov