Number Available:  7

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2018

Duration:10-26 weeks
About 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 Sargent, 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 in the  United States. 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.


Internship Available 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.   A typical internship will rotate around the arboretum working 2-week rotations in each of the collections: Holly Collection, Perennial Garden, Woodland Garden, CSA Farm, Pinetum, Westbrook Walled Garden, Conifer Garden, Special Projects, and General Grounds.  Duties will include planting, pruning, and watering, weeding, mulching, collections management, and garden renovation.

Limited housing available on site.


Application Guidelines: Send a cover letter and resume to:

Nelson W. Sterner

Executive Director

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

PO Box 907

Great River, New York 11739

Or via email to: nelson.sterner@parks.ny.gov