Horticultural Apprenticeship

January 10, 2018

The Horticulture Department at Mount Auburn Cemetery is seeking an enthusiastic individual to complete a twelve-month apprenticeship in 2018-2019, with starting date to be determined. The position will provide training and experience to a student or recent graduate seeking a career in public horticulture. Under the supervision of the Superintendent of Grounds and the Horticultural Curator, the apprentice will rotate through a variety of different crews including arboriculture, gardening, greenhouse, experimental garden, plant records & mapping, and general grounds maintenance. The particular interests and skills of the candidate will be used to structure the actual rotations and projects. Several planned field trips to other public gardens are included in the apprenticeship.

The apprentice will help with several important horticultural initiatives, such as increasing conifer diversification as a response to Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, exploring ecological sustainability in landscape operations, wildlife habitat enhancement, historic landscape preservation and plant production. Some of the training will be in our new, state-of-the-art greenhouse facility, and the plant records work includes the use of BG-Base/BG-Map software.

Mount Auburn 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 and continues to operate as an active cemetery. Mount Auburn is famous for being the inspiration that led to the American Parks Movement during the 19th century. The horticultural richness of this National Historic Landmark features 5,000 trees and more than 20,000 plants overall, representing 115 different botanical families and comprising more than 2,000 different taxa.

Candidates for the position should have a strong background (academic and professional) in horticulture, and a working knowledge of the temperate flora (USDA Zones 5-6) of eastern North America and Asia.  The physical demands of this position include routinely lifting up to 50 lbs., bending, walking and standing for long periods of time, and working outside in all seasons and variable weather conditions.  The stipend is $18/hour and the duration of the program is 12 months. Start date is negotiable.  Housing is not provided by the cemetery, but assistance in locating housing will be given.

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, including the job title in the subject area to: jobs@mountauburn.org.

Materials may also be sent by mail to:

Human Resources
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA   02138

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.

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