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Work in the Humber Arboretum Gardens

Do you love being outdoors and appreciate nature? Do you want to learn new skills and be part of a team? Apply to be a Student Gardener at the Humber Arboretum!

Throughout the year, the Humber Arboretum has a team of work-study students who help maintain the grounds, serve as nature stewards, and create an outstanding experience for Arboretum visitors.

About the Humber Arboretum 

The Humber Arboretum consists of roughly 250 acres of public gardens and naturalized areas connected to Humber College North Campus. It operates as a tri-partnership between Humber College, the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Department, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

The grounds of the Humber Arboretum are free to visit and open to the public during daylight hours year-round. Numerous programs at Humber College use the grounds to facilitate experiential learning opportunities, and the Arboretum's Centre for Urban Ecology offers events and programs for schools and the general public.

The Humber Arboretum's 2019-2024 Strategic Plan identified three priorities: World-Ready Citizens, Healthy Communities, and Thriving Nature.

About the Job 

Student Gardeners play a vital role in maintaining the aesthetics of the grounds and botanical gardens. With over 50 annual and perennial bed displays along with planters, the Humber Food Learning Garden, and a variety of natural areas, students hired to a Gardener position at the Arboretum can look forward to learning a variety of horticultural and ecological skills.

Previous experience is not required. We are looking for positive and energetic individuals with a passion for horticulture and/or the environment who are not afraid of getting their hands dirty. Working within a team environment, students will learn a wide assortment of landscaping techniques including:

  • Seasonal clean up
  • Planting trees, shrubs, bulbs, annuals, and perennials
  • Plant protection techniques
  • Deadheading and specialty pruning
  • Bed design
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Plant identification including pest and disease
  • Invasive species identification and control methods
  • Safe operation of grounds maintenance equipment


Status - Fall/Winter 2020/2021 

Due to the restriction of on-campus activities, all student gardener positions are on hold until further notice. Check back here for updates regarding the summer of 2021.

More Opportunities

If you don't think the Student Gardener role is right for you, students of Humber College and U of GH may also be interested in applying for employment in the office or as a summer Nature Camp counsellor, or volunteering in the Humber Arboretum Learning by Leading™ program. Learn about all of the opportunities for students at the Humber Arboretum.

Students install a wooden bird box on a metal pole in the middle of a fall meadow