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Mount Auburn Cemetery-Plant Collections Apprenticeship -Thu, 02/13/2020 - 1:48pm

Plant Collections Apprenticeship


Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge , MA 02138

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Job Description 

The Horticulture Department at Mount Auburn Cemetery will fund a 6-month plant collections apprenticeship in 2020. The position will provide an opportunity to engage in botanic garden collections management, primarily focusing on tracking plant acquisitions data, labeling the collections, conducting field-checks and taxonomic verifications, and using GPS equipment with digital mapping software. Under the supervision of the Horticultural Curator and the Plant Records Manager, the intern will gain experience working with a wide range of plants, and gain an understanding of how technology can be used to support stewardship of an historic landscape with an active horticulture program. The work includes the use of BG-Base and ESRI ArcGIS software, and requires some botanical photography. It may also include preparing interpretive materials for the public that will be used in the Visitors’ Center and on Mount Auburn’s website.

The Cemetery comprises 175 acres and is situated on the Cambridge - Watertown line near Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1831, and now visited by some 200,000 people each year, it is one of the oldest and best preserved landscaped gardens in North America. Mount Auburn is famous for being the inspiration that led to the American Parks Movement during the 19th century. The botanical richness of this National Historic Landmark features more than 18,000 plants, representing 117 different botanical families and comprising more than 2,100 different plant taxa.

Education and Experience 

Candidates for the position should be detail oriented and know the basics of botanical nomenclature, have an interest in mapping/GIS software and have a background in horticulture or landscape design and a familiarity with the temperate flora (USDA Zone 5-6) of eastern North America and Asia. The physical demands of this position include using handheld power tools, bending, walking, sitting or standing for long periods of time and working outside in all seasons and variable weather conditions as well as working within an office environment including walking up and down stairs. There may be occasional offsite visits to other gardens or nurseries. This job requires the ability to use standard office equipment and computers, and drive Mount Auburn vehicles. The compensation is $18 per hour and the duration of the program is for 6 months working approximately 40 hours/week. The start date and the number of hours per-week are negotiable. A valid driver’s license is required.

Application Instructions 

Please send a cover letter with a current resume as Microsoft Word documents, including the job title in the subject area to:

Or by mail to: Human Resources
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Applications will be accepted through the end of April 2020 or until a candidate is selected. No telephone calls please. We are unable to sponsor work visas for this position.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Jane Brown