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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: Student Employment Opportunities

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
  • nature education and children's day camp (learn more about working at the Arboretum's 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.

Current and prospective Humber College and Guelph-Humber students can visit Humber Career Services to learn about eligibility for work-study positions and use CareerConnect to search for other currently available opportunities across campus.

Work-Study Positions Available at the Humber Arboretum

Office/Events Assistant

Up to 24 hours per/week, position available immediately

Job Description:

Assist the Operations Assistant, Events Services Representative, and Centre for Urban Ecology Receptionist 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
  • Assisting the Events Representative 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 until the end of January, with the potential of extending the position. 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 will vary, but in general the ideal candidate will be available to work throughout the week around their class schedule, as well as on some Saturdays and Sundays to assist with events as necessary. Monday-Friday hours can be adjusted to accommodate weekend shifts as needed.


All applications must include a cover letter, work study approval, and a copy of your Fall Semester Schedule.

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 to Sunday November 17, 2019


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.

  • There are no positions available at this time

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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.

Students can get involved with:

  • The Humber Arboretum Ambassadors (community outreach)
  • The Arb Creatives (communications)
  • Sustainable Horticulture and Environmental Stewardship (upcoming program; under development)

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!)

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