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Climbing Arborist at Mount Auburn Cemetery

July 21, 2021


Are you tired of working in the commercial tree industry?  Do you have 2 or more years of solid climbing experience using rope and saddle and operating an aerial lift?  If you answered yes to both questions, then check us out!  We are seeking an experienced arborist to assist with maintaining our extensive collection of trees. The work will include: pruning, cabling, tree removals, plant health care, planting and other grounds maintenance tasks.

Mount Auburn Cemetery comprises 175 acres and is situated in Watertown and Cambridge MA. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved landscaped gardens in North America and continues to operate as an active cemetery.  As an accredited arboretum, Mount Auburn features 5,000 trees and more than 20,000 plants overall, representing 115 different botanical families and comprising more than 2,000 different taxa.

We offer full time, year-round employment in a safe working environment, well-maintained equipment, and an experienced horticulture staff. Competitive pay and a generous benefits package including 11 paid holidays, vacation and sick time, medical insurance, company matching 401k plan, uniforms, PPE, and paid continuing education and training.

Hourly Pay range $24 – $36/hour commensurate with experience.

Role and Responsibilities:

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.
• Operate aerial lift, climb with rope and saddle, handle chipper, chainsaw, and hydraulic sprayer, stump grinder and Bobcat in a safe and proper manner
• Perform all necessary tree pruning, removals, storm damage repairs, cabling, and other tree work.
• Perform I.P.M. and plant health care functions, including pest monitoring, spraying pesticides, tree injections, and all required record keeping
• Uses hand pruners, handsaw, pole saw, pole pruner and a variety of small battery operated and gas-powered equipment.

Qualifications and physical demands include but are not limited to:
• Two years of arborist experience
• Degree in Arboriculture or Horticulture preferred
• Massachusetts Certified Arborist or ISA Certified preferred
• Core Pesticide Applicator’s License must be obtained within six months after date of hire.
• Ability to climb trees with rope and saddle
• Ability to use and operate a variety of hand tools and power equipment such as pole pruners, snow blower, sprayer, bucket truck, chipper, chain saws, stump grinder and all other arboricultural equipment

Hours of Work:

Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:35 PM.  Occasionally hours may be adjusted to meet business requirements.  

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include “Climbing Arborist” in the subject area, to:

Or by mail to:             Human Resources

                                    Mount Auburn Cemetery

                                    580 Mount Auburn Street

                                    Cambridge, MA  02138

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.  We are unable to sponsor work visas or reimburse relocation expenses.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an equal opportunity employer.

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July 6, 2021

…I studied bees, who were able

to convey messages through dancing

and could find their ways

home to their hives

even if someone put up a blockade of sheets

and boards and wire…

            Naomi Shihab Nye

Landscape design considerations for attracting pollinators might more recently have been increasingly focused on floriferous herbaceous perennials. At Mount Auburn we include many of those but also know that trees and shrubs are an essential part of our pollinator support. Honeybees, bumblebees, sweat bees, mason bees, mining bees among numerous other types of bees, as well as other kinds of pollinators, are attracted to the expansive cornucopia of blossoms throughout the total growing season within our landscape.


Exploring the Balance of People and Nature with Zhonghe (Elena) Li

July 5, 2021

This year we have made mini-grants to five artists to create original works inspired by the Cemetery during a one-year period. Each of the selected artists will create an original project rooted in their experiences at Mount Auburn. Today, meet Zhonghe (Elena) Li and learn about her project, “The Art of Living Together.”

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your art.

As a person, I have always felt a deep connection with nature. To me nature is the source of spirituality and artistic inspirations. I cherish the Taoist wisdom of “being one with Nature” (“天人合一”) and the Yin-Yang balance. Diversity is a measure of balance, while over-dominance indicts a loss of balance. As an artist, art is a way to find my true self, a way to connect, a way to cure, and a way to express and make some impact. Through time, I have tried many different media and art forms, such as painting, drawing, papercutting, print making, book art, short film, animation, etc.


In the Words of Edward Everett, Mount Auburn’s Early Advocate

July 1, 2021

Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts Edward Everett (1794-1865) achieved national renown as an orator and politician of the Civil War era. History remembers him for his speech, approximately 13,000 words, at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1863. President Abraham Lincoln followed Everett with his 272-word Gettysburg Address. Everett then famously wrote to Lincoln, “I should be glad if I could flatter myself, that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours, as you did in two minutes.”[1]

Not as well-known is the role Everett’s eloquence and support played in the creation of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Formerly chair of Greek literature at Harvard and pastor for a Unitarian church in Boston, Everett also became a founder and a trustee of Mount Auburn.[2] He was on the Cemetery and Garden Committee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society to establish a cemetery outside of Boston in 1831. Other members of the committee, and founders of Mount Auburn, included the physician and botanist Jacob Bigelow, and politician and horticulturist Henry A. S. Dearborn.