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Cemetery Program Manager- Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury

The Town of Shrewsbury, a full service local government driven by high performance and creativity, seeks a compassionate and detail oriented individual to join the Parks & Cemetery Division within the Department of Public Works as the Cemetery Program Manager! The Cemetery Program Manager will manage the operations of Mountain View Cemetery under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Cemetery Commission. Mountain View Cemetery is an active cemetery, averaging 140 internments annually, and also has a historic section that is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Cemetery Program Manager will manage records, monument orders, and sale of lots, work with funeral directors to coordinate burials and manage contractors completing work in the field. Strong customer service, financial, and administrative skills are required of the successful candidate.

Details on town website:

https://www.shrewsburyma.gov/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=118&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=Cemetery-Program-Manager-211

Preservation Craftsperson at Mount Auburn Cemetery 

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.

Role and Responsibilities:

The Preservation Craftsperson 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 Craftsman ensures all work on site appropriately reflects 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.

  • Perform work on historic masonry throughout the cemetery including mausoleums, monuments and other grave markers and assist with project assessment of materials and conditions.
  • Perform preservation and contemporary carpentry projects.
  • Perform repairs to cast iron fences.
  • Assist in the management of the Preservation Services Building workshop keeping tools and equipment maintained and functioning properly and ensure that materials are stocked and stored in an organized and safe manner.
  • Assist and communicate effectively with onsite contractors.
  • Assist with surveying the cemetery grounds for loose, leaning or potentially unsafe memorials, mausoleums, lot fences, etc.
  • Assist with record keeping, maintaining field notes of work performed and photo documentation and the input of this information by computer into the appropriate preservation department database.
  • 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.
  • Ability to operate a variety of power tools safely and effectively.
  • 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.

 Qualifications and physical demands include but are not limited to: 

  • High School diploma required and some college level courses desirable.
  • Minimum of one year of practical preservation experience required.
  • Two years of preservation training or the equivalent of preservation field work or schooling.
  • Ability to identify stone types, evaluate conditions and recommend repairs and treatments.
  • Ability to balance efficient maintenance needs with sensitive preservation concerns.
  • Functional English language reading, writing and speaking skills required. Knowledge of Spanish language desirable.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with cemetery staff, lot owners, visitors and outside contractors or vendors.
  • Must be able to operate a variety of hand and power tools safely and effectively including but not limited to cordless and corded drills, circular saw, table saw, miter saw, angle grinder, reciprocating saw, and bench grinder.
  • Basic computer skills required and the ability to use a mouse and/or standard keyboard and computer equipment.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Ability to access all areas of the Cemetery grounds and buildings including walking up and down stairs, entering confined spaces, and navigating varied terrain.
  • Ability to climb and work from all manner of ladders, scaffolding, and aerial work platforms and move both within a workshop and normal office environment.
  • Ability to bend, walk, kneel, stoop, crouch, stand and reach over head for long periods of time plus lift and carry heavy materials (maximum 80 lbs.).
  • May be required to work outdoors in any season or weather condition.

 Hours of Work:

7:30 AM to 3:30 PM from Monday to Friday.  Occasional evenings and weekends as required.

 How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include “Preservation Craftsperson” in the subject area, to: jobs@mountauburn.org

Or by mail to:            Human Resources

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge, MA   02138

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.

 

Horticulturist at Mount Auburn Cemetery

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.

Role and Responsibilities:

The Horticulture Department at Mount Auburn Cemetery is seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Horticulturist. Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the individual will oversees a horticultural zone of Mount Auburn and responsible for day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month landscape maintenance including weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, bed preparation, planting, edging, watering, fertilizing, picking up branches, record keeping, maintenance and removal of lot plantings, new sales areas and other corporation plantings all contained on Mount Auburn property and the surrounding perimeter area as appropriate. Coordinates and develops the use of volunteers for various gardening tasks in coordination with the Director of Horticulture and Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Perform daily situational awareness within zone to manage litter or landscape issues that arise and impact the overall guest experience.
  • Supervise and lead seasonal work force to achieve short- and long-term horticultural goals by prioritizing daily work assignments for all staff or volunteers in coordination with the Director of Horticulture.
  • Responsible for complete maintenance of shrub and perennial beds
  • Supervise and perform the planting and maintenance of lot plantings, which includes groundcovers, trees, shrubs and perennials, flowerbeds, and maintain associated records in accordance with the Cemetery Services team.
  • Supervise and perform the planting and maintenance of corporation flowerbeds, urns/planters, and curb/fence lot conversions from turf to groundcover plantings.
  • Supervise and perform training and coaching to seasonal support staff and volunteers as needed on best management practices
  • Assist Arboriculture Team with all phases of tree work as requested. Performs ornamental tree pruning during the winter months.
  • Responsible for diagnosing plant pest problems, recommending treatments and plant health care improvements, keeping all appropriate records, and performing pesticide spraying and treatments for the outdoor plant collection of the Cemetery
  • In coordination with the horticultural curator research, plan and implement regular horticultural enhancements.
  • May be required to perform other duties as requested by the Director of Horticulture to assist other Sections or Departments or improve Mount Auburn including helping with interment crew set up graves, green up graves, carry interment devices and caskets, clean-up graves and jackhammer graves when other labor is not available

Qualifications and physical demands include but are not limited to:

  • Degree in Ornamental Horticulture or related field or equivalent training
  • Five years of horticulture work experience with increasing supervisory experience running landscaping crews
  • Proven ability to direct staff and run work crews. Must be able to make sound decisions efficiently and confidently often under pressure and in stressful situations
  • Organized and independent worker able to self-start and prioritize workloads
  • Experience working in private estate and high-end residential landscaping is desired
  • Ability to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License in “Shade Trees and Ornamentals” (Category 36) within one year of hire
  • Ability to obtain a Massachusetts Hoisting License 2A within one year of hire
  • MCA, MCH or ISA designation is highly desirable
  • Ability to communicate successfully and tactfully with staff, outside vendors and contractors, lot owners, customers and visitors
  • Experience working in a greenhouse setting or the willingness to learn this function is desirable
  • Proficiency in basic computer skills and programs such as Outlook, Excel, Word, Powerpoint or willingness and ability to learn
  • Bilingual communicator in Spanish a plus (not required)
  • A valid driver’s license required
  • Ability to shovel soil, snow, and mulch and to lift fertilizer, lime, soil mixes, peatmoss, trees, shrubs and logs up to 80 pounds
  • Ability to use and operate a variety of hand tools and power equipment such as pole pruners, leafblower, snowblower, backhoe, bucket truck, chipper, chain saws, and all other arboricultural equipment
  • Ability to jackhammer and to lift caskets for interments up to 100 pounds
  • Ability to bend, walk, and/or stand for long periods of time
  • Work outdoors in all seasons, including harsh weather conditions

Hours of Work:

7:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday to Friday. May occasionally work other hours or days.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include “Horticulturist” in the subject area, to: jobs@mountauburn.org

Or by mail to:

Human Resources

Mount Auburn Cemetery  580 Mount Auburn St.  Cambridge, MA 02138

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $54,000.00 – $62,500.00 per year

Cemetery Operations Technician at Mount Auburn Cemetery

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.

Role:

The Cemetery Services Department at Mount Auburn Cemetery is seeking an enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Cemetery Operations Technician. This person will perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled manual labor tasks pertaining to the daily operations of the Cemetery. Duties will require the employee to work outside in all weather conditions and includes digging foundations and installing monuments, assisting with interments/burials, and repairing the irrigation system following safety rules and regulations.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs routine tasks in the preparation, set-up, and completion of interments by machine and/or by hand, installs and removes equipment such as lowering devices, dress greens, ladders, 8×4 plywood sheets, tents, and casket carriers.
  • Performs tasks associated with the setting of new monuments and the digging and pouring of foundations.
  • Under general supervision, performs tasks requiring knowledge and experience operating a variety of general maintenance equipment such as backhoe, dump truck, turf vehicles, and concrete mixer.
  • May be asked to assist with routine tasks and repairs to irrigation system, spigots, and irrigation heads using plumbing and masonry tools etc.
  • Performs other duties as

Qualifications and physical demands include but are not limited to:

  • High School Diploma or
  • Two to three years of general labor experience is Knowledge of cemetery maintenance and construction procedures and equipment is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with general labor hand tools, power tools, and
  • Able to read a ruler, read a tape measurer, read a map, and use basic math
  • Some knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office applications is
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English (spoken and written) with staff, vendors, and clients is required. Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.
  • A valid driver’s license is
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Massachusetts 2B Hoisting

Hours of Work:

7:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday to Friday. Regular Saturday overtime work required.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include “Cemetery Operations Technician” in the subject area, to: jobs@mountauburn.org

Or by mail to:            Human Resources Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St.  Cambridge, MA  02138

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an equal opportunity employer.

Family Services Event Coordinator at Mount Auburn Cemetery

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.

Role and Responsibilities:

The Family Services Event Coordinator assists families with the planning and coordination of private memorial services, cremation events, and graveside burial services. The coordinator serves as the primary point of contact with all families scheduling funeral-related events on the Cemetery’s campus, guiding each through all stages of the event planning and coordination process. The coordinator completes all administrative tasks, including invoicing and receipt of all requirement paperwork, and provides staffing at burials, memorial services, and other funerary-related private events.  The coordinator works collaboratively with the Cemetery Operations, Cremation, and Event Rentals staff to ensure that all private family events meet Mount Auburn’s standards for exceptional customer service.

  • Coordinates and staffs all private cemetery events, including memorial services and receptions, cremation events, and graveside ceremonies.
  • Follows all documented workflows while booking private family events:
    • Guides families through the process of selecting the appropriate event package and completing booking details.
    • Provides in-person or virtual tours of cemetery chapels as part of chapel-based event bookings.
    • Communicates cemetery procedures and protocols effectively to families in advance to prepare them for when they arrive.
    • Creates client records and service work orders for all scheduled services in Mount Auburn’s digital enterprise system.
    • Prepares invoicing, receipts, and collects all documents and paperwork required for scheduled services.
    • Coordinates with events and operations staff to ensure proper event set-up and break-down.
    • Confirms event details with families and external vendors.
  • Provides staffing support for all family events:
    • Inspects event setup prior to family’s arrival.
    • Meets/greets family groups when they arrive at Cemetery for scheduled event.
    • Leads burial events to graveside location; greets families at building location for chapel-based events.
    • Sets up and operates cemetery AV equipment, as necessary.
    • Acts as liaison with any external vendors providing event services such as musicians and caterers.
  • Completes follow-up communication with all families with mailings and surveys.
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor

 Qualifications and physical demands include but are not limited to: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 3 years of customer service and/or event coordination experience preferred. A desire to serve others at a time of emotional distress or need
  • Ability to maintain composure and professional outlook when under job-related pressure
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing with co-workers, Trustees, lot owners or representatives, clients, and visitors
  • Strong computer and typing skills required. Specifically, Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and Outlook. Experience with relational databases preferred.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks quickly and efficiently
  • Must be a self-starter with strong initiative, detail orientation and the ability to work independently
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to operate standard office equipment such as computers and mouse, telephones, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners. Must be able to access file cabinets and interior vaults.
  • Must be able to access all areas of the Cemetery, including the Chapels, Greenhouse, Administration Building, and the cemetery grounds including traversing stairs, inclines, declines, and uneven terrain in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to be outdoors regularly standing in any weather conditions when meeting visitors
  • Must be able to move within a normal office environment, accessing all records and equipment with ease and walk up and down stairs
  • Must be able to operate company vehicles (cars and/or vans).
  • Must be able, using a stool as necessary, to reach high shelves containing files and supplies at any location within the office, including the vaults
  • Must be able to do some light lifting in conjunction with office duties, up to 20 pounds

Hours of Work:

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM from Monday to Sunday.  The work week will be five days a week that will includes Saturdays and Sundays.  Occasional evenings as required. 

 How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include “Family Services Event Coordinator” in the subject area, to: jobs@mountauburn.org

Or by mail to:            Human Resources

Mount Auburn Cemetery                                  580 Mount Auburn St.                                  Cambridge, MA   02138

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an equal opportunity employer.

Cemetery Maintenance Crafts Worker/Special MEO, City of Cambridge Department of Public Works

Under the supervision of the Working Supervisor, performs journey worker level masonry skills in putting in cement foundations for monuments. Digs graves as the primary function of this position.  Operates pick-up trucks, dump trucks, rubbish compactor trucks, small tractors, bulldozers, rollers, or other vehicles with a rated capacity of 26,001 pounds or over; panel trucks, passenger automobiles, sidewalk plows and sweepers, snow loaders, leaf loaders, snow fighters, sidewalk rollers, and road flashers.  Operates hoisting equipment where a special license from the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety is required. Greases, oils, cleans, and performs other minor preventive maintenance on equipment including some servicing on the job for certain special equipment. Minimum of two years of related experience.  Must possess a current and valid Commercial Driver’s License Classification B and a 2B Hoisting Engineer License. $27.22 – $31.84/hour (7/1/22 additional 1.5% pay increase). To apply, complete a labor service application form (click on link) available from and returned to the Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or submit via email to employment@cambridgema.gov.

Review of resumes is ongoing. We are an AA/EEO Employer.

For a complete job description, visit link below:
https://www2.cambridgema.gov/viewjoblisting.cfm?Job_ID=2855