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Jobs at the Arb

The Humber Arboretum employs both regular staff and work-study students for positions in areas such as horticulture, landscaping, nature education, events management, communication, and administration. All staff are employed through Humber College, which in 2019 was named by Mediacorp as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the fourth year in a row. Humber College also won Smart Commute's 2017 Employer of the Year Award for the Toronto region.

Work on Campus: Arboretum Student Employment Overview

The Humber Arboretum hires Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber students for a variety of challenging, hands-on Work Study positions throughout the year. No matter your program of study, you can apply for an engaging and fulfilling role at the Arb. 

Recurring positions offer work in:

  • gardening, landscape construction, and greenhouse operations (learn more about Student Gardener jobs)
  • nature education and children's day camp (learn more about student jobs at summer nature camp)
  • business operations and office & events assistance
  • social media, graphic design, and videography/photography 

Along with paid employment experience, working at the Arb also offers students the opportunity to learn about nature and add to their Co-Curricular Record.

Work Study Positions Currently Available at the Humber Arboretum

The following positions are Work Study Only. Current and prospective Humber College and Guelph-Humber students can visit Humber Career Services to learn about eligibility for Work Study positions, apply for Work Study approval, and use CareerConnect to search for other currently available opportunities across campus.

  • Student Gardeners  - applications always accepted, apply now for summer 2020
  • Nature Camp Counsellors (various roles) - applications accepted until all positions are filled, apply now for summer 2020

Get Help With Your Application

Did you know that Humber Career Services offers students help with resume and cover letter writing? Visit their website to read online resources, get personalized feedback on your resume, take part in workshops, and more: 

Office/Events Assistant

Up to 40 hours per/week, April start date

Job Description:

Assist the Operations Assistant and Centre for Urban Ecology Customer Service Representative with various office tasks.

This will include:

  • Answering phones and checking voicemails
  • Creating booking documents and photography permits
  • Processing payment for visiting groups, photography permits, and building rentals
  • Assist  with events, including promotion and set up/tear down
  • Approaching photographers and guests to collect permits & fees for photography
  • Sorting and filing electronic and paper documents

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Keeping office space organized and tidy
  • Responding to email inquiries
  • Conducting web-based research
  • Other duties as assigned


We are looking to hire a work-study student to work with us April through August, with the potential of extending the position as a part-time role during the school year. We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Strong customer service experience
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in customer service
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Outgoing, courteous, reliable & trustworthy
  • Must enjoy working outside
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Familiarity with SurveyMonkey an asset


Hours may vary, but in general the ideal candidate will be available to work regular office hours Monday to Friday, as well as on some Saturdays and Sundays to assist with events as necessary. Monday-Friday hours will be adjusted to accommodate any weekend shifts as needed.


All applications must include a cover letter, resume, and your work study approval.

All applicants must be eligible for Ontario Work Study. Please confirm eligibility with Humber Career Services prior to applying.

Email application to Humber Arboretum Operations Assistant Valerie Leaist at

Deadline to apply has been extended t0 March 31, 2020


Student Content Leader

(four positions available)

Up to 14 hours per/week, late April/early May – August


The Humber Arboretum is seeking four Student Content Leaders for the summer semester. In these part-time roles, you will work under the direction of the Humber Arboretum Communications Assistant and other Arboretum staff to capture and create Arboretum-related content. You will also support students developing their skills in your area(s) of expertise (photography, videography, graphic design, audio production, or copywriting), while having the opportunity to develop your own skills under other team members. 


  • work individually and collaboratively to capture and create content in various mediums as directed, which may include but is not limited to (Please note: It is not expected that all Student Content Leaders will take on all tasks from this list, so don’t worry if you don’t think you have the skills for everything mentioned!):
    • conducting research
    • scheduling and conducting interviews
    • capturing and editing photo, audio, or video for archival or research purposes
    • capturing and editing photo, audio, or video for the creation of public-facing content
    • creating graphics and posters for print or social media
    • writing content for and/or designing brochures or internal documents
    • writing blog posts, newsletter articles, or web content
    • contributing to educational displays and materials
  • plan new content or update existing content to improve accessibility
  • distribute content as directed (Ex. posting to social media, printing and hanging posters, uploading to citizen science platforms, etc)
  • administrative and file management tasks, including but not limited to managing release forms and identification photos
  • assist other team members who are creating content in your area(s) of expertise
  • assist in the facilitation of the Learning by Leading™ ArbCreatives summer semester, and assist students volunteering within the program who are working on projects in your area of expertise
  • other duties as assigned


Essential Qualifications:

  • moderate to advanced skills in at least ONE of the following areas, including the use of relevant equipment and software:
    • photography & photo editing
    • videography & video editing
    • graphic design
    • audio production
    • copywriting
    • (or pitch another creative skill you can bring to the team!)
  • an interest in developing your skills in at least one of the other areas listed above
  • an ability to work independently, set work priorities, and meet deadlines
  • comfortable working outside in nature
  • demonstrate professionalism when interacting with the public
  • existing knowledge about nature, horticulture, and/or sustainability will be considered an asset; at minimum, an interest in developing knowledge in at least one of those areas is required


Additional Qualifications:

  • experience in a leadership, mentoring, or tutoring role will be considered an asset
  • experience generating and pitching content ideas will be considered an asset
  • knowledge/experience in creating accessible media will be considered an asset
  • familiarity with social media platforms, Mailchimp, Snap’d, Eventbrite, or iNaturalist will be considered an asset
  • experience working with or being around children aged 4-13 will be considered an asset (the Humber Arboretum runs a nature-themed day camp during July and August)



Most work will be scheduled on regularly set days during Monday to Friday business hours, however occasional weekend work tied to an event may be required (but will be planned well in advance). There is some flexibility to schedule the 14 hours per week around other employment or summer courses.   



All applicants must be eligible for Ontario Work Study. Please confirm eligibility with Humber Career Services prior to applying.

All applications must include a cover letter, resume, your work study approval, and links to samples of your work. In your cover letter, please clearly identify at least one of the areas listed above where you believe you have the skills to help guide others, and at least one area where you are interested in learning more. (Hint: Your work sample should probably be from the area where you think you can help guide others!)

Email application to Humber Arboretum Communications Assistant Marilyn Campbell at


Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020


The Humber Arboretum is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  You may request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process or request this document in alternate formats by emailing or calling 416-675-5009.

A student takes video of a garden

Permanent and Contract Employment 

All regular full- and part-time staff of the Humber Arboretum are employed through Humber College. Visit the Humber College Careers Portal at any time to search for the most up-to-date information on available positions and to apply.

An Arboretum staff member tends to the greenwall

Learning by Leading™: Student Service Learning Opportunities 

Another way for students to get involved at the Arboretum is to apply to take part in a Learning by Leading™ opportunity. Developed by the University of California at Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, the Learning by Leading™ Program is based on the idea that students learn best by taking leadership in helping to solve real-world problems. Learning by Leading™ at the Humber Arboretum provides a growing number of experiential and service learning opportunities for Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber students that will develop some of the same skills as working at the Arb, and is a great way to explore your related interests in a fun and supportive environment.

Any students can get involved with:

  • The Humber Arboretum Ambassadors (community outreach)
  • The Arb Creatives (communications)

[The Sustainable Horticulture and Environmental Stewardship branch is integrated with our Student Gardener positions]

Applications to join the Arb Ambassadors or the Arb Creatives will generally open in the late summer and close in late September. Please visit the Learning by Leading™ page for more details.

(Tip: If you are interested in joining but discover you have missed the current year's deadline, it could still be worth sending an email!)

A student assembles a bird house