Open Position: Gardening Technician

March 7, 2018

The Gardening Technician performs a wide variety of duties associated with the overall Horticulture Department. Primary responsibilities include the oversight, care, and maintenance of gardens at the following locations: the Front Entrance Area, Administration Building, Gatehouse, Story Chapel, Asa Gray Garden, and Bigelow Chapel. Additional responsibilities include transplanting, pruning, watering, weed management, invasive species management, landscape renovation projects, IPM implementation, Recycle Area duties, greenhouse work, tree work, training and developing seasonal staff and interns, and snow removal. (more…)

Horticultural Highlight: Jeffrey pine, Pinus jeffreyi

March 5, 2018


I’d seen

their hoofprints in the deep

needles and knew

they ended the long night

under the pines…

                -Mary Oliver


Within Mount Auburn there are approximately 450 pine trees, representing two-dozen distinct species, out of the 125 Pinus species extant worldwide. Herein we look at the Jeffrey pine, Pinus jeffreyi, native to southwestern Oregon, California and into some mountains of northern Baja California. Most often growing at elevations between 5000 and 9500-feet, in the northern coast ranges it also occurs almost at sea level.

Its common and Latin names commemorate the man who introduced it, John Jeffrey (1826-1854?), Scottish plant collector/explorer, sent to the Pacific Northwest and California in 1850, by British gentlemen subscribers interested in new plants. Initially signed to a three-year contract, representing the Oregon Association of Edinburgh, four of his eventual ten shipments of boxes of specimens and seeds never arrived back to Edinburgh. Nonetheless 119 species of seeds (including P. jeffreyi) and over 400 plant specimens of new and unusual flora were his documented success. After early 1854 he mysteriously disappeared, never to be heard from again. Author Frank A. Long states, “John Jeffrey was like a shooting star, a quick twinkle soon extinguished.” (more…)

Open Position: Advancement Associate

March 2, 2018

Mount Auburn is currently seeking a qualified candidate for Advancement Associate. 


The Advancement Associate is responsible for implementation of the Annual Giving program, including coordinating the design, printing, mailing lists, acknowledgement of gifts, and campaign and fund reporting. Responds to inquiries by phone, mail and email; and assigns stewardship and personal outreach to donors within Advancement staff. Oversees management of departmental data and information in donor database software, and is responsible for departmental budgeting and expense reconciliation. Assists with donor events.


Support Preservation of Significant Monuments: Samuel Appleton and Wigglesworth Cradle

March 1, 2018

Mount Auburn’s diverse collection of monuments and funerary art from the early nineteenth century through today, interwoven into the landscape, is the reason for so much of our aesthetic richness, educational value, and historical significance. By nature of being an outdoor collection, many of our monuments now require an extra level of care and maintenance to protect them after years of exposure to the elements. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery has been working on a multi-year initiative to prioritize conservation of the most significant monuments on our grounds ever since 2014, and plans are now underway for the latest in this series for 2018. (more…)