Job Listing

  • Full Time
  • Cambridge, MA
  • $54,000 - $62,500 USD / Year
  • May 31, 2023
  • Department: Preservation Department
  • Job Summary: The Preservationist is responsible for hands-on coordinating, supervising, and implementing preservation and conservation work on monuments and historic built structures.
  • Job Qualifications:

    High School diploma required.
    • Three to five years of preservation training or the equivalent of preservation field work or schooling.
    • Experience supervising a team of skilled craftspeople and ensuring work is performed at a high level.
    • Demonstrated ability to train and mentor staff or interns with limited experience in hands on preservation work. Patience, good communication skills, and enthusiasm for training future craftspeople is required.
    • Ability to also communicate effectively with other cemetery staff, lot owners, visitors and outside contractors or vendors.
    • 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.
    • 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 and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) required.
    • Valid driver’s license 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 “Preservationist” in the subject area, to:
    Or by mail to: Human Resources
    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    580 Mount Auburn St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Job benefits: Competitive benefits package
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: 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 60 lbs.). • May be required to work outdoors in any season or weather conditions
  • Contact Name: John Zagmani
  • Application Email:
  • Application Address: Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Website Mount Auburn Cemetery

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.

The Preservationist coordinates, supervise, and implements 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 on monument preservation projects in fulfilling perpetual care obligations, including washing, pointing, repairing, and resetting memorials.
  • 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 by appropriate standards and best practices in preservation and conservation.
  • Responsible for supervising and performing maintenance and repair of the highest quality on all historic masonry, including mausolea, monuments, and other grave markers. Must achieve high-quality letting-in of stone repairs. Must be versed in the use of commercial pointing and patching materials. Carries out the proper and safe use of lead as a pointing and anchoring material.
  • Supervises preservation department staff, including preservation technicians, seasonal workers, and interns, and reviews their work for quality and thoroughness. Trains department staff in proper masonry, cast iron, bronze, and carpentry repair techniques and procedures and use of related equipment.
  • Works closely with the Vice President of Preservation and Facilities and Preservation Manager to ensure all work is performed according to best practices and precedents set by the Cemetery’s historic preservation program.
  • At all times, works and acts according to the values and standards of Mount Auburn Cemetery, communicating and interacting with all visitors, volunteers, and staff respectfully and dignifiedly.
  • Responsible for enhancing safety in the workplace by ensuring that all employees under supervision follow safety rules and procedures, including wearing personal protective equipment. Brings unsafe conditions to the management’s attention and make suggestions to improve safe working practices. Responsible for ensuring that required courses related to employee accidents are carried out thoroughly and promptly.
  • Coordinates and performs an ongoing survey of the Cemetery for leaning, loose, or otherwise potentially unsafe memorials and compiles a prioritized list of repairs to be completed.
  • Performs preservation and contemporary carpentry projects.
  • Performs repairs to cast iron fences.
  • Manages the Preservation Services Building workshop, keeping tools and equipment maintained and functioning properly. Ensures that materials are stocked and stored in an organized and safe manner.
  • Assists and communicates effectively with onsite contractors.
  • Ensures thorough record keeping of repairs made, maintains field notes and photo documentation of work performed, and downloads this information into the appropriate preservation department database.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all crew employees follow the posted work schedule including lunch or coffee breaks.
  • Works cooperatively with members of other departments and acts as a “team player,” assisting other staff as necessary when short-handed or requiring additional help. Among other things, assists with snow removal, facilities maintenance, and/or the set-up or breakdown of chapels for memorial services, meetings, or events.
  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

    How to Apply

    You may review NCPE's internship opportunities during the Summer and Winter application rounds without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.

    Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your user name or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

    Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. PDF only, labeled Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages preferred. May be .doc, .docx or PDF. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

    Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during this application round. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

    Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

Logging in with a Registered User Account and completing the Universal Application is required to apply for NCPE Internships. Please visit the Universal Application page to register for an account and complete the form. After logging in and completing the form, refreshing this listing will display the Job Application to apply online.

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