Become a Volunteer

Join the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Family: Become A Volunteer online application

At Bayard Cutting Arboretum, not only do we cherish our volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do without them. We rely on generous, dedicated people to help us achieve our mission—encouraging the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum Volunteer Job Descriptions

Garden Volunteers
We have exciting opportunities for volunteers to work at arboretum maintaining our gardens. The newly installed perennial garden designed by Lynden Miller is an excellent location for volunteers to learn about new and interesting perennials while maintaining the garden. We also have extensive plantings of conifers and rare trees that need volunteers to help maintain. Days and times are flexible during the week.

Farm Volunteers
Come work in our new vegetable garden in the farm complex. Volunteeers are needed for all phases of production from seeding, to transplanting, and harvesting. We also have chickens for folks interested in animals.

Building Operations
For the hale and hearty person who likes to work with their hands, this new position offers many ways to help: restoration projects, carpentry, maintenance, event set up. Whatever your skills may be, we can probably find a job for you to do!
Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays, upon discussion with Building Operations Manager

Manor House Receptionists
Receptionists at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Manor House are the friendly faces who greet visitors to the Manor House. Receptionists are responsible for accepting payments, scheduling tours and ensuring a smooth flow of visitors through the house.
Days/Hours Available: Tuesday – Sunday, April 1-September 30, 12:00 pm-4:00

Docents & Grounds Guides
Docents provide general tours of both the Manor House and the grounds surrounding the house. Grounds Guides provide prearranged group tours with more in-depth tours of the gardens. Training for new docents takes place though the year please contact Kathy Muller for more information (631) 581-1002
Days/Hours Available: Mostly weekend tours

Public Programs Assistant
Public Programs Assistants assist the Coordinator with set up, cleanup, greeting and check-in for scheduled events. You may attend the program free of charge, except for any materials costs. A variety of programs are offered: gardening lectures, garden tours, hands-on workshops, yoga and ballroom dancing. You may volunteer to work at any programs that interest you.

Special Events
These volunteers may be unable to commit to a regular weekly schedule, but are available to assist on Special Events staffing, such as Arbor Day.
Hours: As needed.

Collections Care
Interested in working with the archives and the collections? Volunteering in Collections Care allow you to get up close and personal with the artifacts in the BCA Manor House. Careful cleaning of the objects, caring for the period rooms and researching potential exhibits are some of the needs of the curator. Artifacts needing this special care include silver pieces, the woodworking and furniture, crystal pieces, and books throughout the house. Have a special area of interest? New ideas welcome. No previous experience required and will be trained as needed.
Days Available: Tuesdays – Sundays

Please note, many areas are limited to a maximum number of Volunteers. Volunteer positions may not be currently available. If you care to complete an online application, it will be kept on file for future reference.