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: Vice President, FinanceMount Auburn Cemetery comprises 175 acres and is situated in Watertown and Cambridge near Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1831, and now visited by over 200,000 people each year, Mount Auburn is a National Historic Landmark, recognized as the first “rural cemetery” and the inspiration for the American Parks Movement during the 19th century. As an … Continue reading
- Open Position: ArboristRole and Responsibilities: Performs tree maintenance, including pruning, cabling, fertilizing, planting, spraying, injecting and tree removals. Climbs with rope and saddle and operates an aerial lift. Performs a variety of other arboricultural and horticultural tasks as needed, such as plant pest monitoring and shrub pruning.
- Open Position: Data and Business Applications EngineerPOSITION SUMMARY: We are seeking a highly-skilled and motivated Data and Business Applications Engineer to lead our efforts in integrating and managing business applications and data solutions. This individual will work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless data exchange, efficient workflows, and robust applications management in our primarily Azure cloud-centric environment, which also leverages … Continue reading
- Open Position: Data and Business Applications ManagerWe are seeking a highly-skilled and motivated Data and Business Applications Manager to lead our efforts in integrating and managing business applications and data solutions. This individual will work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless data exchange, efficient workflows, and robust applications management in our primarily Azure cloud-centric environment, which also leverages certain AWS … Continue reading
- Open Position: Staff Accountant at Mount Auburn CemeterySummary: We are seeking a dedicated and detail-oriented Staff Accountant to join our nonprofit organization. As a vital member of our finance team, you will be responsible for processing customer invoices and payments, managing vendor and employee accounts payable, month-end reconciliations, and in supporting automation initiatives. Your role will contribute to the financial efficiency and … Continue reading
- Open Position: Annual Giving ManagerThe Annual Giving Manager is responsible for implementation of the Annual Giving/Membership program, including messaging, creation and updating of mailing lists, acknowledgement of gifts, design, printing, and reporting. Responds to inquiries by phone, mail and email; and assigns stewardship and personal outreach to donors within Advancement team. Oversees management of departmental data and information in … Continue reading
- Open Position: Seasonal Gardener at Mount Auburn CemeteryRole and Responsibilities:Works as part of a crew to assist Mount Auburn horticulturists to execute landscape maintenance and horticulture projects at Mount Auburn as assigned by the Director of Horticulture, including but not limited to weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, bed preparation, planting, edging, fertilizing, and picking up branches.• Assist in performing daily situational awareness within … Continue reading
- Open Position: Part Time Security & Visitor Representative Mon / TuesThe 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 / SunThe 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: Security and Visitor Services Representative at Mount Auburn CemeteryThe 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
STAFF AT A GLANCE
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.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
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.
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).
THE PROPRIETORS OF THE CEMETERY OF MOUNT AUBURN
Audited Financial Statements for Mount Auburn Cemetery:
Tax Returns for Mount Auburn Cemetery:
FRIENDS OF MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
Audited Financial Statements for the Friends of Mount Auburn:
Tax Returns for the Friends of Mount Auburn:
Mount Auburn’s leadership is responsible for advancing the Cemetery’s mission, vision, and values.
MATTHEW STEPHENS | President & CEO
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.
Joyce Bell, Interim CFO
Ronnit Bendavid-Val, Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape
Beth A. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Gus Fraser, Vice President of Preservation & Facilities
Bree Harvey, Vice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services
Ann Sweeney, Vice President of People & Culture
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.
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.