Become a Volunteer


Volunteers are essential to the mission of Reeves-Reed Arboretum and are one of the greatest strengths of our organization.  They provide vital support in the gardens and make special events and festivals possible.  Our diverse volunteer network includes students, retirees, avid gardeners, teachers, nature lovers, corporate groups, those looking to volunteer for a few hours, and those looking to volunteer on a regular basis.

So please join us!  Enjoy the beauty of the Arboretum and the camaraderie of being a part of a committed community of Arboretum volunteers!

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

**FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS** please contact Trish Cassin at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org or call (908) 273-8787 X1616.

  • ANIMAL CARE VOLUNTEER: Reliable volunteer (ages 14+) needed to make weekly visits to feed and maintain the habitats of the Education Center's resident Leopard Geckos.  Will train, but experience caring for reptiles or other creatures preferred.

  • WEEKLY GROUND FORCE SESSIONS: Work indoors or outdoors with our horticulturists to keep our grounds and gardens looking beautiful. Thursday Ground Force will take place from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and Saturday Ground Force will take place from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Scroll down to register. Registration is required.

  • WEEKLY WOODLAND RESTORATION SESSIONS:  Volunteers will reestablish existing trails, plant native trees, identify and remove invasives, as well as other tasks. No experience is necessary. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for complete details, dates and times. Registration is required.  

  • CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS:  We welcome corporate volunteers at the Arboretum! Click here for more information. 

  • EDUCATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  We are looking for volunteers who have a background in education, or just enjoy nature and working with children! Here are a few upcoming opportunities:
    • Hands to Nature - The whole Arboretum becomes a classroom as volunteers work with small groups of elementary-age students from city schools to make exciting environmental discoveries! (Various Friday mornings in spring and fall. Adults only)
    • Kids Can Cook - Help us make delicious creations in the kitchen with our little chefs. (Dates vary. Weekday afternoons. Ages 15 to adult.)
    • Arboretum Afternoons - We focus on a different nature topic every week, and everyone has fun! (Various Thursday afternoons. Ages 15 to adult)
    • Little Wonders - A child’s first exposure to nature. Toddlers with caregivers enjoy a new program with each class. (Various Monday mornings. Ages 15 to adult.)
    • Homeschool Adventures - Homeschoolers visit the Arboretum to explore the natural world. (Various Thursday mornings. Adults preferred)
    • Let's Get Growing! - Learn how food grows from seed to plate in this hands-on, interactive gardening program.  (Dates vary. Weekday afternoons. Ages 15 to adult.) 
  • JUNIOR CAMP COUNSELORS WANTED: Click here for more information. 

  • VOLUNTEER MEMBERSHIPS: We value your time, expertise, and dedication! Volunteers over the age of 18 and completing 12 hours of volunteer service receive an Individual Level Membership.
For employment opportunities, please click here.

Ground Force & Woodland Restoration Weekly Sessions

Join our horticulture staff working outdoors in the spring, fall, summer and now winter, to maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds.  Registration is required in case of cancellations. Tasks vary from session to session and may include weeding, mulching, watering, etc.

Volunteers should:

  • Wear long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes and long socks.
  • Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle.
  • Bring rain gear if drizzles are predicted since we will still work in light rain.

We will supply gloves as well as all other tools and materials. For your safety, all tools and gloves are washed and sanitized. Please meet at the barn in our parking lot. If the session is cancelled due to inclement weather or any other reason, we will contact you.

PLEASE NOTE:  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.  First-time volunteers must bring a completed Volunteer Waiver form to their first volunteer session.  Click here for the form.

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Thursday Afternoon Ground Force 

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult

10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

May 9
May 16
May 23
May 30
June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27
July 11
July 18
July 25
Saturday Volunteers

Saturday Afternoon
Ground Force

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult

10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

May 11
May 18
May 25
June 1
June 8
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
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Friday Woodland Restoration
Volunteer Sessions

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult


9:30 am to 12:00 pm 

May 10
May 17
May 24
May 31
June 14
June 21
June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19
July 26
Sign up to volunteer today!

(If you cannot attend a session after you have registered, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org or 908-273-8787 x1616.)


Friday Woodland Restoration
Volunteer Sessions

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult


9:30 am to 12:00 pm 

Thursday Afternoon Ground Force 

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult

10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Saturday Afternoon
Ground Force

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult

10:00 am to 12:00 pm