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!

SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Join us for Maple Sugaring Fest!  At this annual family festival, held on Sunday, March 1 (rain date March 8), visitors learn how syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. Volunteers are needed to help with the activities and refreshments at this popular family event. The festival is from 1:00 - 4:00pm, so we are looking for volunteers to help us from 12:30 - 4:30pm. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Trish Cassin at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org.

We are happy to provide confirmation of service hours.

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.

QUESTIONS? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org or 908-273-8787 x1616.

For employment opportunities, please click here.

Ground Force

Join our horticulture staff working outdoors in the spring, fall and summer to maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds.

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. 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 via email.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration is required by 2:00 pm Wednesday for a Thursday session and 2:00 pm Thursday for Saturday and Sunday sessions. First-time volunteers must bring a completed Volunteer Waiver form to their first volunteer session. Click here for the form.

We're Bringing Back WINTER GROUND FORCE!

Weather permitting, join the Horticulture Department outdoors or in the greenhouse. Registration is required in case of cancellations. Tasks may include greenhouse maintenance, including repotting and pot sanitation and propagation, removing storm damage and snow removal. Our very first session on January 12 will focus on planting daffodils in our Cut Flowers Garden.

Sunday Ground Force

Sunday Ground Force

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

January 12
January 19
January 26
February 2
February 9
February 16
February 23
Thursday Ground Force

Thursday Ground Force

Age 18+
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

January 16
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13
February 20
February 27
Saturday Volunteers

Saturday Ground Force

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Saturday Ground Force will resume in April 2020.

Sign up for Ground Force 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.)


Sunday Ground Force

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Thursday Ground Force

Age 18+
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Saturday Ground Force

Age 14+, Age 12-13 with adult
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Saturday Ground Force will resume in April 2020.