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Mouint Auburn Cemetery-Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape-Wed, 06/12/2019 - 8:54am

Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape


Mouint Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge , MA 02138

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Job Description 

Mount Auburn Cemetery seeks to fill the new position of Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape (VPHL). Founded in 1831, Mount Auburn Cemetery was America's first large-scale designed landscape that was open to the public. It inspired the rural cemetery movement of the nineteenth century, which in turn became a major stimulus for the nation’s first public parks. By the mid-1800s, the site was internationally renowned as a horticultural attraction. Today, 188 years after its founding, the institution is widely recognized for its high standards of horticultural maintenance and exceptional beauty, and it has become a leader in historic landscape preservation and ecologically sustainable landscaping. A private, non-profit corporation, Mount Auburn was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003 and achieved Level III accreditation from ArbNet as an arboretum in 2012. It is visited each year by more than 250,000 people from around the world.

Duties & Responsibilities 

The VPHL reports directly to the President & CEO and will be responsible for visionary and inspirational leadership and effective management of the Horticulture Department, with three direct reports (Superintendent of Grounds, Horticultural Curator, and Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager) and a total departmental staff of 17 full-time and 34 seasonal (including internships) positions and a departmental budget of $2.2 million.

The VPHL is responsible for the design and implementation of landscape improvements that achieve long-term strategic objectives such as increasing plant diversity, enhancing the sustainability and wildlife habitat value of the landscape, and preserving the historic character of this 175-acre National Historic Landmark and accredited arboretum, which has over 5,000 trees and more than 20,000 plants overall, representing 115 different botanical families and comprising more than 2,000 different taxa.

The VPHL serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), along with the President & CEO, Executive Vice President & CFO, Vice President of Preservation & Facilities, Vice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services, and Director of Institutional Advancement. The ELT is responsible for assisting the Trustees of the Cemetery in formulating the strategic vision for the organization and leading the staff in the planning and successful execution of goals, both annual and long-range, in support of the Cemetery’s strategic initiatives and mission.

The VPHL has overall responsibility for prioritizing, setting and achieving annual and long-range goals for all sections of the Horticulture Department, while adhering to the annual departmental approved budget. The VPHL works with the Chair of the Horticulture & Landscape Committee of the Trustees to schedule meetings, set agendas and prepare materials.

Education and Experience 


• B.S. degree in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Botany or related field
(Masters degree preferred) and/or relevant work experience in public gardens
• A minimum of seven (7) years of experience working at a public horticulture institution,
with increasing supervisory responsibilities, including conducting annual performance
evaluations and managing staff performance.
• Proven ability to lead and manage a cross-functional and diverse staff and volunteers.
• Experience with fiscal activities such as creating and managing complex departmental
• Demonstrated experience and skills with garden and landscape design.
• Proven achievements in innovative and strategic planning initiatives.
• Expertise in plant taxonomy and familiarity with temperate plants that grow in the
northeastern United States.
• Knowledge of ecologically sustainable products, equipment, techniques and concepts.
• Strong computer skills with a proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
• Strong communication skills, in-person, in writing, via telephone or other electronic
• Valid driver’s license.

A full job description is posted on our website:

Application Instructions 

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include “Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape” in the subject area, to You can also mail a cover letter and resume to Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Attention: Human Resources. No telephone calls please.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are not able to sponsor work visas.

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Jane Brown