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Open Position: 12-Month Arborist Apprentice

January 23, 2020

Performs and trains at tree maintenance procedures including pruning, climb with a rope and saddle, operate an aerial lift, planting, cabling, bracing, fertilizing, spraying and removals.


*Perform and train at all phases of tree work including climbing with rope and saddle, operate aerial lift, planting, pruning, cabling, bracing, fertilizing and removals

*Aerial rescue another arborist in an emergency

*Operate hand tools, brush chipper, battery operated and gas power tools in a safe and proper manner

*Perform I.P.M. and P.H.C. duties including pest monitoring, spraying pesticides and tree injections

*Plant trees, shrubs, and ground covers

*Responsible for correctly using an automated method (time badges) for the purpose of time and attendance recordkeeping.  Employees are only authorized to use their own personal swipe badge.

*May perform any variety of duties as requested by supervisor to maintain or improve the Cemetery

*Present a good company image

*Adhere to Mount Auburn’s “Code of Conduct”


*Degree in arboriculture or horticulture program preferred or equivalent relevant experience required.

*Driver’s license required

*Experience with tree maintenance, climbing with rope and saddle preferred

*Grounds maintenance experience preferred

*Ability to work with other members of the Arboriculture Dept. and Gardening Dept

*Ability to communicate successfully with staff, lot owners and visitors

*Ability to speak fluent English required.  Ability to speak Spanish is a plus

*Must present a good professional image in dress, grooming and personal hygiene per the Cemetery’s dress code policy

As with all Cemetery staff, assist with any cemetery business including special meetings, conferences, Friends events and public programs as needed.

Demonstrate responsible stewardship for the environment when planning and implementing all duties incorporated in job description.


*Ability to climb trees with rope and saddle

*Ability to use and operate a variety of hand tools and power equipment such as hand pruners, handsaws, pole saw and pole pruners, chain saws, brush chipper and sprayer

*Ability to shovel soil and mulch and to lift fertilizer, trees, shrubs, and logs up to 80 pounds

*Ability to bend, walk, and/or stand for long periods of time


*Works outdoors in all seasons

*Sometimes works in inclement weather

*Work can be stressful at times, especially when there are large amounts of storm-damaged trees

All employees of Mount Auburn Cemetery are “at will’ employees and must adhere to Mount Auburn’s “Code of Conduct.”

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an equal-opportunity employer.  It does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, national origin, age, pregnancy, citizenship status, physical or mental ability, military status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume, as MS Word documents, by email to stating the job title in the subject line.  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.

Open Position: Arborist

January 3, 2020
Performs tree maintenance, including pruning, cabling, fertilizing, planting, spraying, injecting and tree removals.  Climbs with rope and saddle and operates an aerial lift.  Performs a variety of other arboricultural and horticultural tasks as needed, such as plant pest monitoring and shrub pruning. (more…)