Open Position: Plant Collections Intern

January 12, 2024


The Plant Collections Department manages the mapping, labelling, and general record keeping of over 19,500 plants/massed plantings.  We use BG-BASE as our botanical garden database and ESRI ArcGIS software to manage our maps.  The position will provide an opportunity to engage in botanic garden collections management, primarily focusing on helping to compile a comprehensive set of images and other data to maximize the information that will be available to the public through the Flora Mount Auburn app. Experience will be gained in tracking plant acquisitions data, labeling the collections, conducting field-checks and taxonomic verifications, and using GPS equipment with digital mapping software. The internship will be offered as a single 6-month term or two concurrent 3-month terms.


Under the supervision of the Plant Records Manager, the intern will gain experience working with a wide range of plants, and gain an understanding of how technology can be used to support stewardship of an historic landscape with an active horticulture program. The work includes the use of BG-Base and ESRI mapping software to track specimens in the plant collections. It also includes systematically photographing plants and verifying plant data in the field. It may also include preparing interpretive materials for the public that will be used in the Visitors’ Center and on Mount Auburn’s website. The work will mostly be completed outdoors and will require planning for optimal photography conditions, tracking flowering periods, and visiting the same plant multiple times over a season.  Indoor work will include light photo editing and resizing for use in educational materials to be distributed in print and on the web.  Indoor work will also include referencing the photographs to assist in taxonomic verification as needed.  Photography equipment provided as necessary.


Knowledge of the basics of botanical nomenclature with a background in horticulture or landscape design. 

Familiarity with the temperate flora (USDA Zone 5-7) of eastern North America and Asia.

Knowledge of botanical GIS, with some experience using ESRI software and the ability to use maps to locate plants in the field.

Ability to shoot botanical reference photos of the plant species in our collections. Candidates should have a basic understanding of photographic composition. Some help will be offered.

Ability to conduct light digital editing and resizing of photos as needed.

Ability to walk and/or stand for long periods of time, and work outside in all seasons and variable weather conditions.

Ability to stay organized and communicate successfully with staff, visitors and the general public.

Valid driver’s license

Must present a good professional image in dress, grooming and personal hygiene per the Cemetery’s dress code policy

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include “Plant Records Internship” in the subject area, to:          

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.

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