Number Available: 7
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Duration: 10-12 weeks
Housing: Housing is available a nearby college campus.
Contact: Nelson W. Sterner Director
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
The 691 acre Bayard Cutting Arboretum was the former home of William Bayard Cutting. Now a New York State Park, the intent is to fulfill the donor’s request “to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty; and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting.”
Utilizing plans conceived by the noted landscape architectural firm of Frederick Law Olmstead, the arboretum development was begun in 1887. The site was originally wooded and many of the large oaks now seen were retained during the clearing of the land. With the cooperation of Charles Sprague Sergeant, then director of Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, Mr. Cutting several years later began to plant his conifer collection in the area just north of the Carriage House. The current collection of fir, spruce, pine, cypress, hemlock, yew and other lesser known conifers is still probably the most extensive to be found on Long Island. Contained within the collection are several trees which, regionally, are the largest of their species. Also found are extensive plantings of dwarf evergreens, rhododendron, azaleas, hollies and oaks.
Horticultural interns will receive practical, hands-on experience in all phases of grounds maintenance, landscape design and enhancement of a diverse plant collection within the 691 acre arboretum. Throughout the arboretum you will find many outstanding specimen trees, unique conifers and many other unusual plant collections. General duties will include planting, pruning, and watering, weeding, mulching, collections management, farm maintenance, and garden renovation.
Send a letter of intent stating why you are interested in applying for the internship. Completed applications should include unofficial transcripts, three letters of reference and a resume.