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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.