Executive Director Bayard Cutting Arboretum

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The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) seeks a Director for Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Long Island; a 691-acre property located in Great River, NY approximately 50 miles from New York City.

The 691 acre Bayard Cutting Arboretum was the former home of William Bayard Cutting, now a New York State Park with a mission “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 Olmsted, 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.

The current collection of fir, spruce, pine, cypress, hemlock, yew and other lesser known conifers is one of the most extensive to be found in the United States. This important
collection contains trees which, regionally, are the largest of their species. Also found are extensive plantings of dwarf evergreens, rhododendron, azaleas, hollies and oaks. The Holly Walk was named by the Holly Society of America as “an official Holly Arboretum”, containing sixty species of Ilex and nearly 150 cultivated varieties. Oak Park, part of the property’s original Olmsted design, contains 32 species of oak trees. Perennial borders, woodland trails, coastal gardens, natural wetlands, forest and a CSA farm can also be found in the arboretum’s vast acreage. The arboretum is also an accredited Level IV arboretum with accreditation from from ArbNet, one of only 31 arboreta in the world. The arboretum also features an 1886 historic house with a thriving café, and gift shop. The arboretum presents programs and events such as house tours, Educational programs, symposia, house and garden tours and other events.

Closing date for applications: August 16, 2021


The Director would advance the Arboretum Mission and work to manage and develop and manage a historic landscape.

The Director is a state employee, reporting to the Regional Management of the NYSOPRHP, and works in frequent consultation with the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Board of Trustees. Responsibilities include expenditures and revenue, fund raising, working closely with the trustees to develop budgets and projects, manage grant writing, auditing
concession operation and payroll, operations including grounds and garden management, maintenance and equipment as well as management of historic house. The Director would supervise year-round permanent and seasonal staff, a thriving horticultural internship, and several volunteer groups.


The minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Ornamental Horticulture or closely related field, and five years public garden experience, including three years in a managerial capacity.

Additional Information

Annual salary starts in the mid $70’s, with an excellent New York State benefits package. Living on site is required, at no additional cost.
Send resume to: Janet Grant, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, P.O. Box 247, Babylon, NY 11702 or e-mail to: Janet.Grant@parks.ny.gov.

Contact Information

New York State Parks
Contact Name: Janet Grant
Email: janet.grant@parks.ny.gov