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January 1, 2022

Join our team! Mount Auburn’s dedicated staff are responsible for the daily care and stewardship of this National Historic Landmark, accredited arboretum and botanical garden, and active cemetery.


Mount Auburn is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

  • Open Position: Family Services Event Technician Coordinator
    The Family Services Event Technician Coordinator assists families with the planning and coordination of private memorial services, cremation events, and graveside burial services. The Technician provides audio and visual services at all private events hosted throughout the Cemetery’s campus, including livestreaming. The Technician manages client requests for A/V services, participates in site visits as needed, … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Client Relations Manager
    The Client Relations Manager is responsible for delivering exceptional service while supporting the needs of families, customers, clients, and the Cemetery Services Department. The Manager oversees the fulfillment of the Cemetery’s legal and contractual obligations by managing Mount Auburn’s perpetual and annual care programs and its memorial setting and memorial inscription services. The Manager is … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Manager of Marketing & Communications
    The Manager of Marketing & Communications increases public awareness about Mount Auburn Cemetery and its roles as an active Cemetery, a horticultural landscape, and a treasured cultural organization through strategic external communications. The Manager sparks conversation, fosters empathy, and generates excitement with internal and external audiences about a dynamic and evolving organization. The Manager collaborates … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Major Gifts Officer
    ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Our Major Gift Officer (MGO) reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement (IA) and works closely with the President, senior leadership and members of the board. The MGO will raise funds from individuals, families, and family foundations. This position is responsible for identifying, researching, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individuals capable of … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Grants and Communications Manager
    Role and Responsibilities:Grants and Communications Manager supports the Department of Institutional Advancement (IA) as the lead content creator for grants, fundraising proposals, donor stewardship, and general donor and constituent communications. Manages all grant activities including writing, research, reporting, and stewardship. Serves as the lead author, graphic designer, and editor for IA communications, both electronic and … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Annual Giving Manager
    POSITION SUMMARY:The Annual Giving Manager is responsible for implementation of the Annual Giving/Membership program, including messaging, design, printing, mailing lists, acknowledgement of gifts, and reporting. Responds to inquiries by phone, mail, and email; and assigns stewardship and personal outreach to donors within Advancement staff. Oversees management of departmental data and information in donor database software … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Events Operations Technician
    POSITION SUMMARY:The Event Operations Technician assists with the daily set up and strike of funeral events, catered receptions, artistic performances, staff meetings, and other public and private events taking place at Mount Auburn Cemetery. The Technician transports event equipment and furnishings to locations throughout Mount Auburn’s campus and assists with the set up, and break … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Part Time Security & Visitor Representative Mon / Tues
    The Security Department at Mount Auburn Cemetery is seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Security and Visitor Services Representative working part time Monday and Tuesday 2PM to 10PM. Reporting to the Security Supervisor, the Security and Visitor Services Representative is responsible for patrolling the Cemetery grounds throughout the assigned shift and enforcement … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Part Time Security & Visitor Representative Sat / Sun
    The Security Department at Mount Auburn Cemetery is seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Security and Visitor Services Representative working part time, Saturday and Sunday 8AM to 4PM. Reporting to the Security Supervisor the Security and Visitor Services Representative is responsible for patrolling the Cemetery grounds throughout the assigned shift and enforcement … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Senior IT Associate
    Reports to Director of IT. Provides system administration, tech support and training for computer, AV, telephone, and office equipment on a Windows network. Documents tech support activity. Provides one on one training to users. Helps to maintain license and policy compliance. A working knowledge of switch, firewall, and Wi-Fi maintenance. An interest in and knowledge … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Director of Finance
    The Director of Finance reports to the Executive Vice President and CFO (EVP&CFO) and is responsible for oversight of all routine financial transactions; oversight of the monthly financial statements and year-end closing of books; manage the annual audits for the Cemetery, Friends and Retirement Plan; supervises the Accounting Manager and Accounting Coordinator; assists the EVP&CFO … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Preservationist at Mount Auburn Cemetery
    The Preservationist is responsible for coordinating, supervising, and implementing preservation and conservation work on monuments and built structures. Assists in assessing materials and conditions, prioritizing preservation projects, and planning work schedules. Oversees and works with full-time and seasonal workers, interns, and contractors monument preservation projects in and fulfilling perpetual care obligations, including washing, pointing, repair … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Private Events Manager at Mount Auburn Cemetery
    POSITION SUMMARY: With oversight of Mount Auburn’s private events program, the Private Events Manager supports Mount Auburn’s vision as a place that celebrates all seasons of life. The Manager develops rental packages that accommodate a diverse range of needs and event types, including but not limited to funeral-related gatherings. The Manager is responsible for expanding … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Security and Visitor Services Representative at Mount Auburn Cemetery
    The Security Department at Mount Auburn Cemetery is seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Security and Visitor Services Representative. Reporting to the Security Supervisor the Security and Visitor Services Representative is responsible for patrolling the Cemetery grounds throughout the assigned shift and enforcement of Cemetery rules and regulations. The representative displays compassion, … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Preservation Technician at Mount Auburn Cemetery
    The Preservation Technician participates in all stages of monument repairs and preservation, re-setting monuments, foundation repairs and new foundation installations, and other preservation based masonry repairs, assists in preservation and conservation work and general preservation maintenance work throughout the cemetery. The Preservation Technician ensures all work on site appropriately reflects the Statement of Preservation Values … Continue reading
  • Open Position: Vice President of People and Culture
    Mount Auburn Cemetery seeks a strategic, ambitious, innovative, and dynamic leader to be the inaugural Vice President of People and Culture (VPPC). Continue reading
  • Open Position: Horticulturist
    Mount Auburn Cemetery seeks a strategic, ambitious, innovative, and dynamic individual to fill the role of Horticulturist. Reporting to the Director of Horticulture. Continue reading


Mount Auburn employs 55 full-time staff and 40 seasonal and part-time staff. Additionally, the Cemetery is supported by the work of 10 interns and 100+ volunteers.

Mount Auburn’s staff represent a wide range of professional backgrounds including arboriculture, customer service, curatorship, education, facilities care, financial management, fundraising, gardening, horticulture, human resources, information technology, landscape management, planning, preservation, security, and visitor services.


Mount Auburn Cemetery is committed to providing a respectful, ethical and fair work environment conducive to the productive accomplishment of our organizational goals.  We treat all employees with fairness, respect, dignity, and integrity.

The Cemetery competes for talent with a variety of organizations but finds the most parity in job levels, descriptions, and skill requirements with other comparable organizations such as cemeteries, historic sites, and botanic gardens and/or arboreta. 

The Cemetery’s employees are privileged to work with other people who share a desire to build, serve and sustain a strong community of dedicated non-profit professionals through leadership and advocacy.  We provide a naturally collaborative atmosphere in which people take true ownership of their roles and yet seek each other’s input to facilitate the best possible solutions to organizational and operational challenges.  We share important information openly with one another and invite new ideas and constructive organizational assessment.  And, we strive to provide everyone with the opportunity to achieve a manageable work/life balance.

Traditional compensation and benefits programs are important components of our overall Compensation and Benefits Philosophy.  Fairness in the design and administration of these programs is of paramount importance to the culture.  We regularly calibrate the amount and, where possible, the mix, of both cash compensation and benefits programs.   Although we have traditionally strived to deliver competitive health and retirement benefits, coupled with median base-pay levels, we recognize that it is important to be flexible and are committed to revisiting our approach as budgets allow.   We periodically utilize multiple, highly-regarded published compensation and benefits surveys to benchmark our reward programs.

We recognize, encourage and reinforce strong organization, team, and individual performance where possible.  We cultivate a strong feeling of fairness in pay and recognize that certain skill sets demand more compensation than others while attempting to strike an equitable balance with respect to other factors such as individual performance and length of service.  We are also mindful that our overall ability to spend is limited by our financial resources.   We are committed to reasonable levels of compensation and benefits and intend full compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.

Financial Reports

January 1, 2022

Below please find the most recent financial documents for the Proprietors of the Cemetery of Mount Auburn, a 501(c)(13), and the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, a 501(c)(3).


Audited Financial Statements for Mount Auburn Cemetery:

Tax Returns for Mount Auburn Cemetery:


Audited Financial Statements for the Friends of Mount Auburn:

Tax Returns for the Friends of Mount Auburn:

Mount Auburn Leadership

September 20, 2021

Mount Auburn’s leadership is responsible for advancing the Cemetery’s mission, vision, and values.


Matthew Stephens serves as Mount Auburn Cemetery’s 14th President & CEO. Stephens, a vocal advocate for the power of green spaces in urban environments and an outstanding business leader with strong experience in strategic planning, joined Mount Auburn in September 2021.

“Mount Auburn has always been a leader in reimagining what cemeteries can be and how they can be a resource to the broader community. I look forward to developing a wave of new energy to further galvanize Mount Auburn Cemetery as a locally cherished and internationally recognized cultural institution.”

With more than 15 years of leadership experience, Stephens has managed historic, public-facing organizations with complex missions. He most recently served as the Director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, and Botanical Garden. Previously, he led MillionTreesNYC under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most ambitious and complex urban greening projects ever completed, where one million trees were planted throughout New York City. 

Stephens is a graduate of Illinois State University and earned his Master of Science in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware in the prestigious Longwood Graduate Program.

Photograph of Matthew Stephens by Richard Morgenstein.


Under the leadership of Matthew Stephens, Mount Auburn’s executive staff work collaboratively to oversee the Cemetery’s core areas of activity and achieve its strategic goals.

Michael Albano, Executive Vice President & CFO

Beth A. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Gus Fraser, Vice President of Preservation & Facilities

Bree Harvey, Vice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services


Mount Auburn Cemetery is governed and supported by a Board of Trustees that bring expertise from the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with its own Executive Committee, supports the conservation of Mount Auburn’s natural and cultural resources and promotes public appreciation of the Cemetery’s many facets through programs and educational efforts. Funds raised through the Friends support visitor services, education, horticulture, preservation, and historical collections.

Mission & Vision

October 1, 2020


Mount Auburn Cemetery inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.


We envision a world that celebrates life’s seasons, preserves natural beauty, and remembers human stories.


Our values define our beliefs and commitments; they are guideposts for our daily work and our future plans. Every day we seek to embody them in our relationships with visitors, families, neighboring communities, and our own staff.

Openness – Welcome

Offering an open door and a welcoming face to all who come here, of every faith, background, identity, and circumstance. Embracing and inclusive to visitors, clients, employees, and volunteers of all identities and backgrounds.

Compassion – Dignity

Respecting all those who come to Mount Auburn for comfort, solace, respite, and work. Aspiring to be of comfort and service to all. Approaching everyone with a sense of caring and understanding. Demonstrating and embodying a belief in the inherent worth of all people.

Beauty – Serenity

Creating and celebrating beauty and fostering a place of serenity for all who seek it. Evoking the essential experience of Mount Auburn as a landscape, a place of beauty, and a source of serenity. Nurturing our defining aesthetic—human experience and nature together. The

Stewardship – Sustainability

Protecting and preserving the history, residents, monuments, structures, collections, and resources of Mount Auburn forever. Caring for the landscape and fostering its health and environmental sustainability in a dynamic and changing world. Leading others toward models and practices for environmental sustainability.

Integrity – Balance

Pursuing the highest standards in our work and practices; striving for quality and consistency of thinking, practice, and outcome. Balancing the many facets of Mount Auburn’s mission within a complementary whole; realizing that the excellence of each facet depends on maintaining the strength and quality of all the others. Encouraging harmony and proportion as essential aspects of Mount Auburn’s beauty and sense of serenity.