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Horticulture Internship

Job Title

Horticulture Internship

Job Qualifications

Plant Collections
Plant collections interns work on new planting projects, database records, and mapping initiatives. They work closely with our curatorial staff on plant records management, which gives them exposure to the technical side of plant acquisition, identification, labeling, inventory, mapping, and data collection. The plant records database is called BG-Base, and the mapping software uses ArcGIS. We use an RFID labeling system in the nursery. Pay = $19/hour.

Interns work with our Greenhouse/Nursery staff on propagation and all aspects of greenhouse and nursery production. Their assignments include potting and transplanting seedlings, cuttings, bulbs, and mature plants. Tasks also include assembling and changing decorative floral displays as well as planting and maintaining flower beds throughout the grounds. Pay = $19/hour.

Gardening interns help Mount Auburn’s staff maintain a diverse mix of ornamental garden areas, ranging from historic Victorian period to contemporary designs. Interns are trained in the continual upkeep and revision necessary to keep these spaces beautiful, and tasks include planting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, staking, fertilizing, and editing plant spread. Asa Gray Garden (redesigned in 2018) is now one of the main areas that our interns support, with its diverse mix of trees, shrubs and perennials containing over 175 taxa from North America and Asia. Pay = $19/hour.

Arboriculture interns are trained in all aspect of tree maintenance. Tasks include pruning, climbing with rope and saddle, operating the aerial lift, planting, cabling, bracing, fertilizing, spraying, and removals. Interns also work on planting trees and shrubs, plant health care, and tree and shrub identification. Support provided for acquiring licenses (pesticide applicator and hoisting) and certifications (MCA, ISA, MCH).
Pay = $20-22/hour.

Education and Experience

Minimum of a high school diploma and some related college courses. Ideally one or more years of related experience.

Position Application

Application Information:

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include the specific internship position you are applying for in the subject area, to:
Or by mail to: Human Resources
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

No telephone calls please. We are unable to sponsor work visas or reimburse relocation expenses. Mount Auburn Cemetery is an equal-opportunity employer.