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Open Position: Preservation Craftsperson I

March 14, 2019

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Preservation Craftsperson participates in all stages of monument repairs and preservation, re-setting monuments, foundation repairs and new foundation installations, and other preservation based masonry repairs, assists in preservation and conservation work and general preservation maintenance work throughout the cemetery. The Preservation Craftsman ensures all work on site appropriately reflects the Statement of Preservation Values and Commitments approved by the Trustees of the Cemetery on December 12, 2007, and is performed in accordance with appropriate standards and best practices in preservation and conservation.  

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

*Perform work on historic masonry throughout the cemetery including mausoleums, monuments and other grave markers and assist with project assessment of materials and conditions.

*Perform preservation and contemporary carpentry projects.

*Perform repairs to cast iron fences.

*Assist in the management of the Preservation Services Building workshop keeping tools and equipment maintained and functioning properly and ensure that materials are stocked and stored in an organized and safe manner.

*Assist and communicate effectively with onsite contractors.

*Assist with surveying the cemetery grounds for loose, leaning or potentially unsafe memorials, mausoleums, lot fences, etc.

*Assist with record keeping, maintaining field notes of work performed and photo documentation and the input of this information by computer into the appropriate preservation department database.

*Must adhere to all safety rules and procedures and utilize appropriate protective equipment and guards. Bring all workshop and job site safety concerns to the attention of direct supervisor or member of the safety committee.

*Ability to operate a variety of power tools safely and effectively.

*Work cooperatively with members of other departments and act as a “team player”, assisting other staff as necessary when short-handed or requiring additional help.  Among other things, assist with snow removal, facilities maintenance, and/or the set-up or breakdown of chapels for memorial services, meetings or events.

*Present a good professional image in dress and grooming. Remain respectful of the sacred and contemplative nature of the Cemetery always and be respectful, courteous and helpful to all visitors.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

*High School diploma required and some college level courses desirable.

*Valid driver’s license required.

*Minimum of one year of practical preservation experience required.

*Two years of preservation training or the equivalent of preservation field work or schooling.

*Ability to identify stone types, evaluate conditions and recommend repairs and treatments.

*Ability to balance efficient maintenance needs with sensitive preservation concerns.

*English language reading, writing and speaking skills required. Knowledge of Spanish language desirable.

*Ability to communicate effectively with cemetery staff, lot owners, visitors and outside contractors or vendors.

*Ability to be flexible as work demands change.

*Must be able to operate a variety of hand and power tools safely and effectively including but not limited to cordless and corded drills, circular saw, table saw, miter saw, angle grinder, reciprocating saw, and bench grinder.

*Basic computer skills required and the ability to use a mouse and/or standard keyboard and computer equipment. 

REQUIRED PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

*Ability to access all areas of the Cemetery grounds and buildings including walking up and down stairs, entering confined spaces, and navigating varied terrain.

*Ability to climb and work from all manner of ladders, scaffolding, and aerial work platforms.

*Ability to move both within a workshop and normal office environment.

*Ability to bend, walk, kneel, stoop, crouch, stand and reach over head for long periods of time. 

*Ability to lift and carry heavy materials (maximum 80 lbs.).

*May be required to work outdoors in any season or weather condition.

*Work can be stressful especially during busy seasons.

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 jobs@mountauburn.org 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: Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape

March 5, 2019

The Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape (VPHL) is 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 currently at $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 Level III 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 has overall responsibility for preparation of the annual departmental budget for approval by the Board of Trustees, and is responsible for prioritizing, setting and achieving annual and long-range goals for all sections of the Horticulture Department, while adhering to the approved budget.  The VPHL works with the Chair of the Horticulture & Landscape Committee of the Trustees to schedule meetings, set agendas and prepare materials.

The VPHL serves as a member of the staff 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.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

*Supervises the Superintendent of Grounds, Horticultural Curator and Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager.  Meets individually and collectively with all three direct reports on a regular basis to ensure excellent communication and the efficient and effective management of all sections of the Horticulture Department.

*Provides oversight and support to the Superintendent of Grounds, who is responsible for managing the daily activities of 12 full-time staff and 32 seasonal employees and interns within the Arboriculture, Gardening, Grass/Grounds Maintenance, Greenhouse, Recycling, and Vehicle & Equipment Services sections of the department to ensure that Mount Auburn’s high standards are upheld with respect to on-going maintenance of the grounds, trees, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers and grass.

*Provides oversight and support to the Horticultural Curator, who supervises a full-time Plant Records Manager and two to three interns with responsibility for maintaining plant records and high curatorial standards for the Plant Collections, strategic planning for horticultural initiatives, landscape management practices and responses to pest/disease/invasive-species problems, and the design of new landscape plantings.  The Curator also provides oversight and direction for greenhouse/nursery in plant production planning, crop sequencing, and staged growing of plants for eventual use on the grounds. 

*Provides oversight and support to the Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager, who is responsible for leading company-wide efforts to be a model of environmental stewardship by reducing resource consumption, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions in response to climate change trends, and by expanding educational programming along these lines.  The Sustainability Manager coordinates the rapidly growing volunteer Citizen Scientist program at Mount Auburn, collaborating with a number of local universities and environmental organizations.

*The VPHL is responsible for prioritizing, setting and achieving annual and long-range goals for all sections of the Horticulture Department, working with the President and other members of the Executive Leadership Team to ensure effective organization-wide planning.

*The VPHL prepares and presents annual departmental budgets to the Horticulture & Landscape and Finance Committees of the Trustees and is responsible for adhering to the approved annual operating and capital budgets of the Horticulture Department.

*Serves as the primary staff liaison for the Horticulture & Landscape Committee of the Trustees, working with the Committee Chair to schedule meetings, set agendas, and prepare meeting materials.  Responsible for following up with Committee members and staff on all assigned tasks.

*Attends all meetings of the Executive Leadership Team and the Trustees of Mount Auburn Cemetery.

*Works closely with the Director of Education & Visitor Services and other members of the Visitor Services staff to develop innovative programming that educates the public about the Cemetery’s historical and horticultural significance and its role as an environmental steward.

*Fosters relationships with cultural and institutional partners, working with representatives of partner institutions on programming and marketing initiatives. 

*Works with the Institutional Advancement Department to secure funding for appropriate projects.

*Supports and assists the activities of other departments as appropriate and needed, working closely with the appropriate Vice President.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

*B.S. Degree in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Botany or related field (Masters degree preferred), and/or relevant work experience in public gardens management.

*A minimum of seven (7) years of experience working at a public horticultural institution, with increasing supervisory responsibility, including conducting annual performance evaluations and managing staff performance.

*Demonstrated ability to train, lead and manage staff and volunteers.

*Demonstrated ability to prepare and manage complex budgets.

*Demonstrated experience and skills with garden and landscape design.

*Demonstrated ability to be innovative, think strategically, and carry out strategic and long-range planning.

*Knowledge of ecologically sustainable products, equipment, techniques and concepts.

*Expertise in plant taxonomy and familiarity with temperate plants that grow in the northeastern United States.

*Must possess strong computer skills and be familiar with Microsoft suite of programs (WORD, EXCEL, PPT, etc.).  Experience with BG-Base (or equivalent), BG-Map (or AutoCAD), and/or ESRI products desirable.

*Demonstrated ability to maintain a professional demeanor and an empathetic manner in stressful, emotional situations.

*Demonstrated good communication skills, in person, in writing, via telephone or other electronic media.

*Willingness to work effectively as part of a diverse team.

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

*Must possess valid driver’s license.

REQUIRED PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

*Must be able to access all areas of the Cemetery, including the grounds, Administration Building, Chapels, Greenhouse, Operations Center and Preservation Services Building to meet with staff and attend meetings.

*The position requires sitting, often for long periods of time. It also requires standing and walking at regular intervals within a normal and professional office environment and uneven terrain as found on the Cemetery grounds.

*The position requires the routine use of standard office equipment such as but not limited to, computers, laptops, printers, phones, photocopiers, scanners and file cabinets.

*Must be able to go up and down stairs.

*Must be able to drive Cemetery vehicles within and outside the grounds as needed.

*Must be able, using a stool and/or other equipment, to balance, stoop, crouch, kneel or crawl, talk and hear, read and reach high shelves containing files and supplies at any location within the office, including the vaults. Must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 35 pounds.

All employees of Mount Auburn Cemetery are “at will’ employees and must adhere to Mount Auburn’s “Code of Conduct.” This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by an individual in this role. An employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by their supervisor

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume, as MS Word documents, by email to jobs@mountauburn.org 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: Facilities Maintenance Specialist

February 25, 2019

POSITION SUMMARY:

Responsible for routine maintenance of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in all Cemetery structures.  Must have general knowledge of plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical systems as well as basic building repair, carpentry and painting skills.  Works with Vice President of Preservation and Facilities in coordinating contracted work on all Cemetery structures.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

*Performs general maintenance and repair tasks necessary for the preservation and efficient management of all Cemetery buildings.  Updates and maintains maintenance checklists.  Abides by all safety policies.  Able to work independently, prioritizing work and solving problems. Supervises seasonal employees or works with others in performing maintenance tasks.

*Acts as liaison and department representative for outside contractors and inspectors.

*Responsible for routine maintenance of building exteriors, including roof inspections and minor repairs, gutter and downspout cleaning, window and door repair, and painting.  Removes snow and ice as possible and necessary, and when it is safe to do so, to prevent leaks and building damage.  Keeps records of all maintenance tasks performed.

*Performs maintenance and basic repairs of HVAC systems in all buildings.  Creates and updates cyclical maintenance schedules of boilers, air conditioning systems and associated equipment.  Keeps records of all maintenance tasks performed.  Responsible for notifying supervisor of problems and coordinating the scheduling of contracted repairs.

*Performs basic electrical repairs and monitors electrical systems in all buildings.  Responsible for replacing light fixtures and receptacles.  Responsible for stocking appropriate light bulbs and replacing as needed.  Keeps record of all maintenance tasks performed.  Responsible for notifying supervisor of problems and coordinating the scheduling of contracted repairs.

*Performs basic plumbing repairs and monitors plumbing systems in all buildings.  Keeps records of all maintenance tasks performed.  Responsible for notifying supervisor of problems and coordinating the scheduling of contracted repairs.

*Performs miscellaneous carpentry repairs and special projects.

*Works with IT personnel to complete all in-house cable projects.

*Patches and paints all damage to plaster or woodwork resulting from electrical, plumbing and mechanical repairs.

*Performs maintenance and repairs at the Greenhouse, such as replacement of broken glass, repairs to shade and vent systems, benches, irrigation systems, boiler inspections, and other tasks as needed.

*Moves boxes and furniture as requested

*Maintains the inventory of Cemetery-owned tools necessary for carrying out responsibilities effectively and efficiently.

*Keeps boiler rooms and facilities maintenance storage areas in all buildings neat and well organized.

*Assists other Cemetery departments as needed, including interments, operations and custodial.

*Follows all Cemetery safety policies and procedures related to assigned tasks, including wearing personal protective equipment (eye and hearing protecting, gloves, etc.), proper handling of chemicals, ladder safety, and lifting and moving heavy objects.  Brings unsafe conditions to the attention of the Director of Preservation & Facilities and makes suggestions to improve safe working practices.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

*High School diploma/GED required and some trade school course work desirable.  Other building, electrical, plumbing licenses desirable.

*A valid driver’s license required.

*Minimum of four years of building maintenance experience required, including experience maintaining heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems. Familiarity with building automation systems is a plus.

*Ability to communicate successfully with Cemetery staff, lot owners, and visitors.  Must be able to follow and understand oral and written instructions.

*Ability to operate a wide variety of hand and power tools

*Requires an organized individual and attention to details.

*Ability to plan work schedule and to keep time cards.

*Ability to use radio communications equipment.

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

REQUIRED PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

*Ability to access all areas of the Cemetery grounds and buildings.

*Ability to enter and work within confined spaces including but not limited to crawlspaces.

*Ability to move within a normal office and workshop environment.

*Ability to bend, walk, stand, kneel, stoop, crouch, crawl, climb and reach for long periods of time.

*Ability to perform frequent heavy lifting (up to 80 lbs).

*Able to work outdoors in all seasons, including harsh weather conditions.

 
To apply please submit a cover letter and resume, as MS Word documents, by email to jobs@mountauburn.org 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.

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.