Get Involved!

Ways to Get Involved.

Ways to Get Involved.

Become a Volunteer

The success of the Arboretum and many of its programs depends upon the involvement of a growing number of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers lend their special talents to a variety of tasks that support the Arboretum. We strive to place qualified applicants into rewarding positions based upon their talents and interests. New volunteers are always welcome to join our program.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Arboretum, please fill out the Arboretum Volunteer Application and submit to the Arboretum office. If you would like additional information about any of the volunteer opportunities or would like to schedule a volunteer project for your group, please contact Amy Parrella, Arboretum Director at 845-758-7179 or email

Volunteer Opportunities and Benefits

Volunteer Benefits

  1. Receive an individual one-year membership with the Arboretum
  2. Receive the Quercus, the Arboretum’s newsletter that provides you with campus landscape updates, useful horticultural information and gardening trends
  3. Receive invitations to special events, tours and other occasions
  4. Receive the “member price” for all New York Botanical Garden adult education classes offered at Bard College 
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Summer Arboretum Undergraduate Student Internship

Every summer the Landscape and Arboretum at Bard employs a Bard undergraduate student for a 10-12 week internship. The selected intern will receive a hands-on training opportunity in professional horticulture and curatorial work. It involves working directly with Bard’s historic landscape and its growing collection of trees and shrubs. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, one-page essay on how you will benefit from this internship, and the names and contact information for three references to:
Amy Parrella, Arboretum Director
Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
or email

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Employment Opportunities for Bard College Undergraduate Students

During the academic year, the Arboretum offers several job positions for work-study and non-work study undergraduates. These positions may include tasks such as conducting tree evaluations, assessing plant bloom, installing arboretum tree identification labels, data entry, GIS mapping, and much more.
To apply, please contact Amy Parrella, Arboretum Director at 845-758-7179 or email