Volunteers are a key part of our mission at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.  In 2012, volunteers gave over 3,000 hours of service at the Arboretum!  We welcome newcomers to the area as well as those just discovering the Arboretum, experienced gardeners and those willing to learn.  Students fulfilling community service hours, retirees, and clubs as well as friends, all are welcome.  Seasonal as well as year round projects are available.

Contact Lisa Martin at (908) 273-8787 ext. 1313 or l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org  to find out more about volunteering.

VOLUNTEER MEMBERSHIPS:  We value your time, expertise and dedication!  Volunteers over 18 completing 12 hours receive an individual membership.  Please contact Lisa Matin for details.




Volunteer Opportunity: Thursday Ground Force

Looking to help out in the gardens during the week this summer? Join us for Thursday Ground Force (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)! Please note there are no afternoon sessions.

August: August 6, 13, 20, 27          
September: September 3, 10, 17, 24



Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday Ground Force

Join us for a morning (9:30 am to 11:30 am) of fun outdoor work as we tackle a variety of seasonal projects. We welcome all volunteers ages 14 and up to participate in one or more of the following Saturday volunteer sessions (please note that 12 and 13 year olds are also welcome to participate, but must be accompanied by an adult who is also volunteering that day).

August: August 15, 29
September: September 12, 26

Registration for either volunteer opportunity is required. Please contact Lisa Martin to register or for more information!

PLEASE NOTE: For all of our volunteer opportunities with our Horticulture Department (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Ground Force) we welcome all volunteers ages 14 and up. Please note that 12 and 13 year olds are also welcome to participate, but must be accompanied by an adult who is also volunteering that day.

NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers should dress in comfortable clothing, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. Tools, gloves, bugspray, and water will be provided. As ticks and poison ivy are present, wearing long pants and long socks is advised.



Arboretum Ambassadors...Apply for a paid position!

Do you enjoy interacting with visitors and spending time in a lovely, peaceful setting? Be a welcoming and informative Arboretum presence in our ground floor gallery between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Ideally, we are looking for one person to work both weekend days, but are open to hiring two people – one to work Saturday, the other Sunday.

The job includes:
· Opening and closing Wisner House (including the Library/Lounge area) to the public from 9:00 to 4:00 Saturday and Sunday (with the exception of days when the house is closed for a rental).

· Welcoming any guests who come into the house, answer questions about the property, hand out maps or other RRA materials.

· Selling of artwork should the opportunity arise (you will be trained to do so).

· $10/hour

This opportunity is open to adults, college students and high school students entering their junior or senior year. Please contact Lisa Martin at l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org or by phone at 908-273-8787 ext. 1313. Immediate openings.


Garden Docents

If you have a love of both horticulture and history that you would like to share with others, become a Garden Docent at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! Garden Docents will lead informative and inspiring group tours of the gardens and grounds.

If you are interested in this volunteer program, please know that:

  • Garden Docents should be comfortable with public speaking.
  • Most tours will take place on weekdays.
  • Training in notable features, plant collections, and Arboretum history will be provided.
  • This program is open to volunteers ages 19 and up.

Please contact Lisa Martin at (908) 273-8787 ext. 1313 or l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org for more information. 


Corporate, Scout, and School Groups

We welcome corporate, scout, and school groups for single or multiple volunteer sessions, and are happy to work with you to find an opportunity that meets your group’s interests and scheduling needs.

Contact Lisa Martin for more information.

For information on internships available at the Arboretum, please click here