Seasonal Preservation Staff

Under the supervision of the Preservation Manager perform a variety of preservation related tasks which include but are not limited to washing monuments, monument and masonry repair, resetting of monuments, and cast iron post and sign painting or repair. Employees work must appropriately reflect the Statement of Preservation Values and Commitments approved by the Trustees of the Cemetery on December 12, 2007, and is performed in accordance with appropriate standards and best practices in preservation and conservation. 

About this Role:


  • The washing of headstones, curbing, mausoleums and other structures or features and the ability to distinguish proper washing methods e.g. pressure washer, steam cleaner, hand washing
  • Assist in the repair, repointing and resetting of monuments, includes digging and pouring foundations, mixing mortars, and setting heavy stones
  • Perform cleaning of mausoleum interiors including sweeping, dusting, and mopping
  • Maintenance of cast iron fences, signs and posts including painting and the removal or installation of cast iron elements
  • Oil or wax bronze doors, plaques, and statuary
  • Assist Facilities Maintenance Specialist in completing maintenance tasks.  May include assisting with gutter cleaning, painting, or other maintenance tasks
  • May be required to perform duties not listed here as requested by the Vice President of Preservation and Facilities, the Preservation Manager, or the Preservationists
  • Must adhere to all safety rules and procedures and utilize appropriate protective equipment and guards. Bring all workshop and job site safety concerns to the attention of direct supervisor or member of the safety committee
  • Work cooperatively with members of other departments and act as a “team player”, assisting other staff as necessary when short-handed or requiring additional help.  Among other things, assist with snow removal, facilities maintenance, and/or the set-up or breakdown of chapels for memorial services, meetings, or events
  • Present a good professional image in dress and grooming. Remain respectful of the sacred and contemplative nature of the Cemetery always and be respectful, courteous, and helpful to all visitors


  • High school diploma preferred
  • Driver’s license required
  • Experience using a pressure washer preferred
  • Ability to work alone or with other members of the Preservation & Facilities Department
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English required
  • Ability to read a map and to navigate Cemetery grounds required
  • Ability to present a good professional image in dress and grooming


  • The person in this position needs to move about all areas of the Cemetery grounds and buildings, including ascending and descending stairs, working in confined spaces, moving about varied terrain
  • Occasionally ascends/descends ladders, scaffolding, and aerial work platforms
  • Ability to move both within a workshop and normal office environment
  • Position involves moving in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments for extended periods of time including remaining in a stationary position and/or performing activities such as climbing, bending, twisting, reaching, and pulling
  • Heavy work that includes moving, adjusting, or carrying objects weighing up to 80 pounds on a frequent basis
  • May be required to work outdoors in any season or weather condition
  • Work can be stressful, especially during busy seasons


  • Works outdoors in all weather conditions 
  • 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday

About our Organization:

Mount 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 active cemetery, Mount Auburn inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty. As an accredited arboretum, Mount Auburn features 5,000 trees and more than 20,000 plants overall. 

Full time employees are offered a competitive benefits package that includes paid time off, health insurance, and 401K options.

All employees of Mount Auburn Cemetery are “at will’ employees and must adhere to Mount Auburn’s “Business Ethics and Conduct.”

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume (Microsoft Word document or PDF) and include “Seasonal Preservation Staff” in the subject area, to:  

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.