Seasonal Garden Assistant

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum is looking for passion! A passion for Horticulture that is! Do you love gardening, but don’t have the space at home? Does working outdoors sound great after being stuck inside for the last few years? Reeves-Reed Arboretum offers a friendly and safe environment with a team of professional horticulturists who love to share their knowledge. Our philosophy is to mentor and share our accumulated horticultural knowledge with people new to the field or interested in honing their gardening skills. In return, our seasonal gardeners bring their life experiences, artistic talents and energy to the Arboretum. Our seasonal assistants really help the staff to elevate Horticulture at the Arboretum. Reeves-Reed Arboretum offers a truly incredible setting to help sharpen your Green Industry skills and uncover your Horticultural talents. The arboretum also offers a wonderful opportunity for you to develop as a professional gardener if that is your goal. We are interested in both seasoned gardeners and those new to the field with a sense of enthusiasm and drive to learn more about horticulture in a truly incredible setting here at Historic Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, is a public arboretum and historic former estate located in Summit, New Jersey. We are seeking a Seasonal Garden Assistant to work 15-30 hours per week. Hours and days are flexible to suit your needs, within reason. Our staff is fully vaccinated/boosted, and you will have the comfort of being as socially distanced as you see fit. Apply now to add this prestigious arboretum experience to your resume!


  • Watering of new plantings and nursery stock
  • Planting seasonal bulbs
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Planting display beds and native ecosystem restoration
  • Weeding, edging, and mulching flower beds
  • Trail Maintenance and rebuilding
  • Propagation and planting of historic tree specimens
  • Pond maintenance
  • Integrated Pest management
  • Assistance in Horticultural initiatives and programming including Horticultural therapy with varied groups
  • Native forest remnant restoration and management
  • Ambassador of the Arboretum in a public setting



  • An interest in learning more about the plant world. Some knowledge of plant material and horticulture techniques. No Horticulture education or certification or current class enrollment required.
  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor (lift 50 lbs.) in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with volunteers and interact with the public.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must be 18 or older.


  • Basic knowledge of plant material and horticulture techniques.
  • Horticultural or Environmental education or certification will help demonstrate this basic knowledge, OR
  • Current enrollment in classes related to these fields
  • The ability to safely operate hand tools and power equipment, including line trimmers and backpack blowers.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Contact Name: John Beirne
Phone: 9082738787