Open Position: Greenhouse / Nursery Apprentice

December 13, 2020


This working position will provide practical greenhouse and nursery production experience to a student or recent graduate of an accredited horticulture program. The applicant will be involved with overall operations of the greenhouse and nursery, including the production of bedding crops, propagation, IPM, floral decoration and sales. The apprentice will participate in continuing education programs and field trips when offered.


Works with the greenhouse management and plant healthcare specialist to learn the duties necessary for plant production in Mount Auburn’s greenhouses and outside growing areas (cut-flower garden, nursery, experimental garden), including propagation, transplanting, watering, fertilizing and weeding.

Assists with recordkeeping and tracking of plants.

Participates in the organizing and planting of annuals in more than 400 Annual Care and Perpetual Care lot beds.

Assist in planting of corporation flowerbeds as needed.

Assists with floral decorations for sale in the flower shop and for mail order customers, including cut flower arrangements in vases, basket bouquets, log baskets, sprays, potted plants, wreaths, niche bouquets, etc. Assist in the production of holiday decorations and floral arrangements, and process orders and retail sales as needed.

Place tributes on graves throughout the year as needed.

Keep the greenhouses, head house and related structures well-organized and clean.

May be required to work overtime during the Easter and Memorial Day.

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. 

Must present a good image in dress, grooming and personal hygiene per the Cemetery’s dress code policy and adhere to company work hours.

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.


Valid driver’s license.

Exhibit knowledge for care of bedding plants and groundcovers.

Exhibit knowledge of plant propagation and IPM practices.

Familiarization with plant record systems such as BGBASE preferred.

Familiar with Microsoft Office Suite programs.

Ability to work alone or with other members of the Horticulture staff.

Ability to read map of Cemetery grounds.

Comfortably communicate with staff, outside vendors and contractors, lot owners, customers and visitors.


Ability to use a variety of horticultural tools and equipment such as hand-held sprayers, shovels, rakes and hand-pruners.

Must be able to bend, walk and/or stand for extended periods of time.

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Ability to work in all seasons, including harsh weather conditions.

All employees of Mount Auburn Cemetery are “at will’ employees and must adhere to Mount Auburn’s “Business Ethics and 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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