Open Position: Assistant Gardening Supervisor

August 26, 2019


Assists the Gardening Supervisor with the preparation, planting, record keeping, maintenance and removal of lot plantings, new sales areas and other corporation plantings, and special garden areas such as the Front Gate, Asa Gray Garden, Story and Bigelow Chapels, Garden Crypts, Birch Gardens, Tower Meadow, Spruce Knoll, Willow Pond and Willow Pond Knoll.  Coordinates the use of interns, apprentices and volunteers for various gardening tasks.

Acts as the Gardening Supervisor when the Supervisor is absent, directing seasonal and full-time employees of the Gardening Department. 


Responsible for the oversight, care, and maintenance of gardens at the Front Entry Area, Gatehouse, Administration Building, Asa Gray Garden, Story Chapel and Bigelow Chapel.

Supervise seasonal and full-time employees of Gardening Section, as requested by the Gardening Supervisor.

Assists the Gardening Supervisor with prioritizing projects and daily work assignments for the Gardening Section for efficient use of time and labor, and submit time cards for employees in this department.

Supervise and perform the planting and maintenance of lot plantings, which includes groundcovers, trees, shrubs and perennials, and maintain associated records.

Supervise and perform planting and maintenance of curb and fence lot conversions from turf to groundcover plantings.

Responsible for maintenance of roses and perennial beds.

Assist Arboriculture Supervisor with all phases of tree work as requested. Performs ornamental tree pruning during the winter months.  Tree climbing and bucket truck experience preferred.

Responsible for diagnosing plant pest problems, recommending treatments and plant health care improvements, keeping all appropriate records, and performing pesticide spraying and treatments for the outdoor plant collection of the Cemetery.

Keep records of new plantings and removals and communicate regularly with Plant Records Manager to ensure that all new plantings and removals of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials are properly recorded in the computer data base in a timely manner.

Put out floral decorations on lots for holidays and clean the grounds of floral decorations after holidays.

Assists with coordinating tribute cleanup after major holidays such as Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Christmas and weekly as necessary.

Responsible for safe and proper use of all vehicles and equipment used by the Gardening Section staff, organize and maintain the Gardening Section tool room and order gardening supplies and recommend new purchases as needed.

Responsible for enhancing safety in the workplace by ensuring that all employees under his supervision are properly trained to use any required equipment and are following all safety rules and procedures.  Also, responsible for making sure that required procedures related to employee accidents are carried out in a thorough and timely manner.

Responsible for making sure that all employees in his crew follow posted work schedule and do not stretch out lunch or coffee breaks.

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

Responsible for Recycling Area duties such as operating backhoe, front-end loader, dump truck, and soil screener.  Assist with the general operation and organization of the Recycling Area.

May be required to help interment crew set up graves, green up graves, carry interment devices and caskets, clean-up graves and jackhammer graves when other labor is not available.

Shovel, plow or blow snow as needed.

Occasionally lead tours of Cemetery for plant societies and other horticultural and school groups, and may assist with special events such as Arbor Day or conduct programs for the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery.

May be required to perform other duties as requested by the Superintendent of Grounds to assist other Sections or Departments.

Follow 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.  Bring unsafe conditions to the attention of the Superintendent of Grounds and makes suggestions to improve safe working practices.


Degree in Ornamental Horticulture or related field or equivalent training.

Five years of horticulture work experience with increasing supervisory experience running landscaping crews.

Proven ability to direct staff and run work crews.  Must be able to make sound decisions efficiently and confidently often under pressure and in stressful situations.

Experience working in private estate and high-end residential landscaping is desired.

Arboriculture experience pruning, spraying and bucket truck operation desired.

Ability to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License in “Shade Trees and Ornamentals” (Category 36) within one year of hire.

Ability to obtain a Massachusetts Hoisting License 2A within one year of hire.

MCA, MCH or ISA designation is highly desirable.

A valid driver’s license required.

Ability to communicate successfully and tactfully with staff, outside vendors and contractors, lot owners, customers and visitors.

Experience working in a greenhouse setting or the willingness to learn this function is desirable.

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.


Ability to shovel soil, snow, and mulch and to lift fertilizer, lime, soil mixes, peatmoss, trees, shrubs and logs up to 80 pounds.

Ability to use and operate a variety of hand tools and power equipment such as pole pruners, leafblower, snowblower, backhoe, bucket truck, chipper, chain saws, and all other arboricultural equipment.

Ability to jackhammer and to lift caskets for interments up to 100 pounds.

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


Work outdoors in all seasons, including harsh weather conditions.

Can be stressful at times, especially during busy holiday season or 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.

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