Open Position: Horticulture 6-month Apprentice

February 17, 2020


This working position will provide training and practical experience to a student or recent graduate of an accredited horticulture program. The horticulture apprentice will be involved with the maintenance of numerous gardens and establishment of new plantings throughout the cemetery grounds. The work will include planting trees, shrubs, and perennials, weeding, watering and mulching. The apprentice may also be involved with greenhouse work and other grounds maintenance tasks as needed. The apprentice will also participate in safety trainings, educational seminars and field trips when offered.


Maintenance of Special Area Gardens including: planting, watering, pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing and edging of trees, shrubs and groundcovers.

Install new plantings on lots and large-scale renovation projects with the opportunity to learn plant identification and use in the landscape.

Working in the Greenhouse facility and on the grounds performing: planting of bedding plants, watering, weeding, mulching, IPM monitoring, and learning about automated greenhouse systems.

Learn and perform hand pruning techniques on shrubs, perennials and small trees.

Other duties may include general grounds maintenance tasks such as tribute removal, limestone application and compost application.

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

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.


High School Diploma and enrollment in a horticulture program preferred

Driver’s license required

Experience with maintenance of trees, shrubs and groundcovers

Desire and willingness to learn about horticulture

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

Ability to read map of Cemetery grounds

Ability to communicate successfully with staff, lot owners and visitors


Ability to shovel soil and mulch, and to lift fertilizer, trees, shrubs, and logs up to 50 pounds

Ability to use and operate a variety of hand such as hand-pruners, handsaws, pole saw and pole pruners

Ability to use and operate related power tools and equipment such as utility turf vehicles, tractors, leaf blower and power hedge trimmers.

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

Ability to work outdoors in variable 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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