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The “Before You Start” portal is critical to ensuring that you are ready for your first day at the Arnold Arboretum. Please review all the materials here and please do not hesitate to reach out to Laura Prendergast with any questions. Please note that your hiring manager or designee is key in making sure you receive access to email, you obtain your Harvard University Identification Number and other elements to successful onboarding.

Completing Your I-9

Completing the I -9 document is the first step in getting you onboarded at the Arboretum. Without the completion of this document, the hire process cannot proceed. Regarding the I-9 document: “Employers must complete Form I-9 to document verification of the identity and employment authorization of each new employee (both citizen and non-citizen) hired after November 6, 1986, to work in the United States “. – Instructions for Employment Eligibility Verification, USCIS Form I-9 at Kimberly Hall will reach out to you to setup a time to come in and complete this document.

Cambridge – New Employee Orientation

As a supplement to our online resources, Harvard provides an orientation that is open to all staff members. At orientation you will learn about Harvard’s benefits, services and perks, along with the structure and culture of the University. Orientation is also a great opportunity to ask questions and meet other new employees. You should attend a session within your first few weeks.

Day and Time: New Employee Orientation sessions for all University employees are held 3 to 4 Mondays each month in Cambridge. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A continental breakfast is available at 8:45 a.m.

Place: Room 3318 at the Center for Workplace Development (CWD) located on the third floor of 124 Mt Auburn Street, very close to Harvard Square.

Registration is required: Please use the registration form below to sign up for orientation.

Confirmation Notice: CWD will send an email to the you (using the address provided in the registration request) to confirm the date of the orientation session for which you have registered. While CWD will do everything it can to accommodate first choices, please understand that space is limited and spots fill up quickly.

Upcoming Orientation Sessions

Check upcoming dates:

Registration is required: You may register yourself (or a manager may register an employee) for an upcoming session – click here to register. You’ll need the following information:

  • New employee’s name, title and school/department;
  • A telephone number and email address for the new employee; and
  • The date the new employee would prefer to attend orientation. See list of dates below.

Questions? Feel free to contact CWD at 617-495-4895 or with any other questions. Your local human resources office is also available to answer questions.

Getting to Know the Area

The Arnold Arboretum is located in Roslindale, a neighborhood of Boston, MA. Learn more about this area by visiting

The Arnold Arboretum is also close to West Roxbury, , and Jamaica Plain,

Get Connected to the Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum Electronic News

Get the latest news, classes and events, and visitor information delivered to your inbox. Sign up and personalize your preferences for email communications from the Arnold Arboretum. Please note this is an email list for the public and staff of the Arboretum. You will be added to our internal mailing list for staff specific emails and communications.

ARBLOG – the Arnold Arboretum Blog

Send Us Your Bio (optional)

As a new employee at the Arnold Arboretum, we ask that you tell us a little bit about yourself so that we can post this information on our “People” section on our main website. If you could also send us a picture, that would also be appreciated. Please email this information to Laura Prendergast.

Transportation Resources

The MBTA provides easy and affordable means to reach the Arnold Arboretum. Learn more about the all the resources Harvard provides related to commuting and transportation including Zipcar discounts, MBTA discounts and shuttle services by clicking here.

Need further assistance commuting to the area? This link below provides you a Commute Planning option where you can enter your start and end destination addresses.

Need directions to our different sites? Click here.

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