Employment Opportunities

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees, donors, members and visitors and in supporting its mission; and it is committed to attracting and engaging employees, members, donors and visitors with varying identities and backgrounds.
As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Arboretum offers the following job openings. To  apply, please follow the instructions that appear at the end of each individual listing. For further information about open positions, please contact our Human Resources office at 612-301-7724.

CURRENT OPENINGS (click on links to page down to listing)

Digital and Web Program Manager

The University of Minnesota Arboretum delights and inspires hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  The Web and Digital Program Manager plays a critical role assuring the planning, execution, vendor and financial management of web and digital capability for the Arboretum.  Reporting to the Director of Business Operations and Guest Services,  the manager is part of the Business Operations and Guest Services organization. 

Deliverables include:

Immediate:

  • Benchmarking Best in Class Public Garden/501  (a) websites and  (b)digital applications
  • Lead cross-functional process to design, build and manage new Arboretum website

Ongoing:

  • Manage existing web relationships, keep  site operational, manage content process, flow, updates
  • Manage all digital vendor relationships
  • Map and manage web and digital platforms, assure functionality, support department content updates and placement
  • Oversee design of web pages, modify content
  • Mange, collect and report digital KPIs
  • Participate as member of Digital Strategy Committee
  • Deliver annual digital platform plan recommendations and budget request to Director & Digital Strategy Committee
  • Present quarterly business updates, including web analytics/KPIs, budget and forecasting
  • Stay current on emerging digital technologies
  • Deliver ongoing review of best in class digital approaches, present annual digital trend report, benchmark historical and industry best in class results
  • Actively make suggestions to improve and optimize the website to ensure that the Arboretum website continues to provide a best in class experience for our users and customers
  • Manage staff of one or more.

To be considered for this position, applications must be submitted online at https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs, job id 315517. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


67-day Building and Grounds Team Support

This position is responsible for assembling and caring for one to two exhibits of the Bruce Munro "Winter Light at the Arboretum" exhibition. This position is also responsible for attending (with one other person per night) to the cleanliness and maintenance of 9 bathrooms, lobby areas and hall. This will require a person who is detail oriented and may need a small amount of mechanical thinking and willl be in contact with the public on a moderate basis. Position hours and days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from approximately 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm, November 13th, 2016 through April 2nd, 2017.

65% - Clean, maintain and storage of exhibit and areas where the public is allowed within the Snyder Building and Oswald Visitors Center.

30% - Set up and tear down of exhibit on a nightly basis.

5% - Other duties as needed.

Additional Information: Some Tables weigh 35 pounds each, others as much as 60 pounds each, and full garbage bags usually weigh around 50 pounds each. The positional worker must be able to perform these job functions without the aid of another person as the positional worker may be working by his or her self after the building is closed for the day.

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Laura Boerbon lboerbon@umn.edu.


Youth Team Facilitator Growing Good Urban Garden Youth Employment (position based in Minneapolis)   

Supervisor: Manager of Youth Education     

Classification: 001 Temporary Casual

Overview:

The Growing Good Facilitator supports a team of teenagers as they take on a summer, garden-based challenge.  The facilitator is responsible for planning, supporting, and leading a garden based work experience that develops key identified entrepreneurial, horticultural, leadership, and communication skills, through a garden based challenge. The Facilitator will be part of a diverse cohort of leaders, dedicated to planning and presenting innovative, urban, plant-based, youth development experiences.

Job Description:

66% Direct Facilitation of Youth Team Work Days:  

  • Create/Facilitate lesson plans, activities, and experiences that build leadership, communication, entrepreneurial, and horticultural skills through different mediums.
  • Direct supervisor/team leader for all scheduled work days.  

33% Planning, Coordination, Documentation, partnership and relationship building:

  • Document the success, and impacts of the team.
  • Attend weekly check in meetings with Manager of Youth Education and the Urban Garden Leadership Team.
  • Cultivate camaraderie, new and existing relationships, positive participation, youth voice, and achievement for the team and each of it's members.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working with teenagers or youth in formal and/or non-formal education setting.
  • College Coursework in Horticulture, Education, Youth Development or related area.
  • Successful Completion of mandatory Background Check.
  • Drivers license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion, skill, interest, and experience with growing plants.
  • Understanding of social media platforms.
  • Experience working in diverse urban communities.
  • Entrepreneurial experience in areas such as marketing, customer service, quality control, invoicing.

Work Schedule:

  • Start Date: May 5, 2017
  • End Date: October 31, 2017
  • Facilitator Training Days: May 13th & June 12-15th
  • Youth orientation: June 17th
  • Special Events: Open house August 10th, 2017
  • Regular Summer Work: June 19-August 11th. Set days assigned upon hiring
  • Special Projects:  Up to 16 hours/week May 5-October 31 (as assigned)
  • No Work: July 3rd & 4th
  • Total hours for this position: Not to exceed 240 hours (10 weeks, 24 hours/week)

This is a Temporary Casual position located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  

Pay Range and Application Information:

$12.00-$16.00 an hour.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and references to: Urban Garden Planning Team. Karen DePratto beamo003@umn.edu.

For more information, go to http://arboretum.umn.edu/urbangardenyouthemployment.aspx

**This job description describing the current responsibilities of this position is subject to change.**


Urban Gardener MN Landscape Arboretum Urban Garden Program (position based in Minneapolis)          

Supervisor: Children's Garden in Residence Coordinator          

Classification: 001 Temporary Casual

Overview:

Share and apply your horticulture expertise to grow exceptional gardens that serve as teaching spaces for the Arboretum's youth outreach garden program. The Urban Gardener will coordinate with program leaders to prepare, maintain, and provide the highest level of garden care and plant material required for all Urban Garden programming.

Job Description:

80% Garden Maintenance:
  • Maintain Arboretum quality urban gardens at 5 community partner sites, including site preparation, plant acquisition, purchasing supplies, weeding, watering throughout the growing season, planting crops to fit with lesson plans, and succession planting as needed to maintain a beautiful, lush, productive garden throughout the growing season.
  • Work with Urban Garden team to determine weekly and seasonal priorities, projects and resources.
  • 20%  Plant/garden resource for Urban Garden Team and Community 
20% Plant/Garden Resource for Urban Garden Team and Community:
  • Work with community partners, children's garden in residence team, and the Urban Garden Leadership team to provide resource and support for Urban Garden programming.
Required Qualifications:
  • One year extensive garden management experience
  • Post-secondary degree or significant coursework in horticulture
  • Extensive knowledge of vegetable and ornamental annual plants well adapted to Minneapolis area climate
  • Successful completion of mandatory background check
  • Driver's License
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Established network of contacts with local greenhouse and garden supply industry
  • Experience working in diverse cultural settings
Work Schedule:
  • Start Date: April 14, 2017
  • April 14-May 1st: 16 hours/week
  • May 1st-August 15: 32 hours/week
  • August 15-October 15: 16 hours/week
  • End Date: October 15, 2017
  • Total Hours: 516 (not to exceed 67 days)
Specific hours/days  to be determined by Urban Garden Team.
Pay and Application Information:
$12.00-$16.00 an hour
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Karen DePratto at beamo003@umn.edu.
**Please note job description detailing current responsibilities is subject to change.**

—CityFresh New Products Team Facilitator and Special Projects

Supervisor:  Manager of Youth Education                    

Classification:  001 Temporary Casual

Overview:

CityFresh New Products is one of 7 youth work teams that comprise the Arboretum's Urban Garden youth employment program (Growing Good).  The Facilitator's primary role is to provide leadership and direction for a team of 6 youth who are challenged to take a new product idea and bring it to market.  The Team will create and implement a business plan that will move the product from idea to market.  Along the way, the team will engage with community professionals to establish partnerships and learn needed skills.  The facilitator will help guide the work of the youth, provide learning experiences, seek out training support as needed, and help to identify and amplify authentic voice and creative communication.  This Job will also work on special projects as assigned by the Manager of Youth Education.

Job Description:

40% Direct Facilitation of Youth Team Work Days:  Be the adult facilitator and direct supervisor for the team on each scheduled work day.  Foster camaraderie, positive participation, and achievement for the team and each of it's members.

20% Planning, Coordination, Documentation: Create lesson plans, activities, and experiences that build communication skills through different mediums and align to entrepreneurial education standards.  Document the success, and impacts of the CityFresh New Products team. Attend weekly check in meetings with Manager of Youth Education and the Urban Garden Facilitator Team.

40% Special Projects as assigned:  Work with Manager of Youth education and Director of Communications on special projects related to the Urban Garden Program Summer 2016.

Required Qualifications:

This position requires strong interest, knowledge, passion and experience working with teenagers in a garden setting. Also helpful for this position is an infectious, positive attitude, an appropriate sense of humor, a measure of patience, and a love of growing plants, science, and entrepreneurial attitude.

  • Experience working with teenagers
  • College Coursework in Horticulture, Education, Youth Development or related area.
  • Successful Completion of mandatory Background Check
  • Drivers license
  • Entrepreneurial experience in areas such as marketing, customer service, quality control, invoicing, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of social media platforms  (facebook, tumbler, instagram)
  • Experience working in diverse cultural settings
  • Experience and skill with growing vegetables

Work Schedule:

  • Start Date: May 5, 2017
  • End Date: October 31, 2017
  • Facilitator Training Days: May 13th & June 12-15th
  • Youth orientation: June 17th
  • Special Events: Open house August 10th, 2017
  • Regular Summer Work Schedule New Products Team: June 19-August 11th. Cityfresh Products Wednesdays & Fridays 8:30-4, Thursday Facilitator meeting 4-6 (plus up to 7.5 hrs/wk prep) 
  • Special Projects: Up to 16 hours/week May 2-October 31 (as assigned)
  • No Work: July 3rd & 4th
  • Total hours for this position: Not to exceed 400 hours (10 weeks, 40 hours/week)

This is a Temporary Casual position located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  

Pay Range and Application Information

$12.00-$16.00 an hour.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and  references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, ? Karen DePratto beamo003@umn.edu

For more information, go to http://arboretum.umn.edu/urbangardenyouthemployment.aspx

**This job description describing the current responsibilities of this position is subject to change.**


Children's Garden in Residence Instructor (Position Based in Minneapolis)

Supervisor:  Children's Garden in Residence Coordinator                   

Classification: 001 Temporary Casual

Overview:

Bring a seven week, hands-on plant science program curriculum to life in the garden at community partner sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The CGR Instructor will be an essential part of a team of educators, dedicated to providing innovative hands-on science experiences for children in the garden. You will learn, adapt, and apply best practice teaching methods for engaging young people with plants.  Specific responsibilities include:

80%    Instructor Prepare Plan and Teach Children's Garden in Residence Program:

  • Prepare for and teach assigned portions of the curriculum.
  • Gather and prepare all supplies, posters, and consumables for each week's lesson.
  • Work with partner organizations to coordinate garden programs that fit their needs.
  • Work with co-workers, and volunteers to organize and present the program.
  • Set the stage for safe, supportive, hands-on science, learning experiences in the garden.
  • Special projects as assigned

20%   Document and Share program Activities

  • Participate in weekly urban garden leader meetings.
  • Produce a summer journal with photos, records, and reflection, and documentation of  the summer garden experience.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge, passion, and interest in plants.
  • Teaching experience in classroom and/or outdoor settings.
  • Coursework and/or work experience related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education or related field.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 or more years teaching in outdoor education or informal education.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, horticulture, natural sciences or related field.
  • Experience with leading a team.
  • Experience working in community partnerships.

Work Schedule and Commitment:

  • Start Date:  May 5th, 2017
  • Training: May 13th.  Others TBD
  • Regular summer schedule:  June 14- August 6.  32 hours/wk. 4 days per week
  • End Date:   Oct. 31, 2017
  • 256 Total Hours
  • Specific work day schedule to be determined between supervisor and candidate.   Responsibilities and work schedule are subject to change.

Pay Range and Application Information

$12.00-$16.00 an hour.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and  references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, ? Karen DePratto beamo003@umn.edu

For more information, go to http://arboretum.umn.edu/urbangardenyouthemployment.aspx.


Adult Education Program Specialist

Supervisor: Laura Vogel    

Classification: Temporary Casual, 14 hr/week

Overview:
This position includes two focus areas: managing the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center and its adult education programs on Saturdays, and developing photography classes to be taught at the Arboretum, from selecting instructors to writing descriptions, setting up classrooms, and sending evaluations. This is a flexible position, including work that can be done remotely and time onsite coordinating and teaching workshops.

Job Description:

20% Manage the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center on Saturdays
  • Open the building and gate (as needed) for the public from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Greet visitors to the building. Answer basic questions about the site and pollinators.
  • Know and follow protocol for basic issues with the building.
  • Know and follow protocol for first aid and emergencies within the building.

40% Manage adult education programs at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center on Saturdays

  • If a class occurs outside of the public hours, keep the building and gate open during that time.
  • Be available to assist the instructor with any setup, particularly AV. Offer an Arboretum welcome at the beginning of each class.
  • Follow up with instructors, volunteers, students and staff as needed.

40% Develop photography classes to be taught at the Arboretum

  • Communicate with potential instructors, including agreeing on costs, scheduling, and gathering information on workshop content.
  • Submit six months of workshop descriptions, images, and schedule details each May and December.
  • Prepare for each workshop, and follow up with instructors, volunteers, and students as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Experience and expertise in a wide range of photography; familiarity with videography and other technology a plus
  • Availability on Saturdays

Additional Information:

Pay range $ 20/hour

This is a temporary casual position located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.   Work schedule:    This position works primarily on Saturdays; other days and overall schedule to be determined between supervisor and candidate. 

*** This job description describing the current responsibilities of this position is subject to change.

General Behavior Statements

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has the following expectations of all employees in the areas of problem solving, initiative, planning/organizational skills, interpersonal skills, attendance/punctuality and orderliness.

Employees are expected to:

  • Identify problems in a timely and efficient manner and offer practical solutions to problems when ever possible
  • Consider the effects of decisions made prior to making decision
  • Offer suggestions in ways to increase efficiency and productivity
  • Make appropriate decisions about when to act independently and when to consult with others
  • Use resources wisely, schedule work effectively
  • Share information in a courteous manner with other employees to ensure a knowledgeable, efficient, cohesive work force
  • Provide information to visitors in a courteous and friendly manner
  • Offer help to coworkers when own workload permits
  • Arrive for work as scheduled so as to not disrupt, delay or cause additional work for coworkers
  • Give proper notification to supervisor of scheduled absences
  • Keep work area appropriately presentable to the public
  • Return shared equipment/supplies to proper storage area after use or at end of day in ready-to-use condition
  • Treat coworkers with respect and consideration

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.


Horticulture and Botanical Workshop Specialist

Supervisor: Laura Vogel

Classification: Temporary Casual, 14 hr/week

Overview:
Adult Education engages thousands of Arboretum visitors each year, and this position will help to provide workshops for one of our most popular areas of programming: horticulture and botanical workshops. This
content expert will develop approximately 30 workshops for the Arboretum over the year, from selecting
instructors and creating content to scheduling and teaching. This is a flexible position, with much of the
work concentrated in the spring and fall, and including work that can be done remotely as well as time
onsite coordinating and teaching workshops.

Job Description:

70% Develop horticulture and botanical workshops
  • Communicate with potential instructors, including agreeing on costs, scheduling, and gathering information on workshop content.
  • Submit six months of workshop descriptions, images, and schedule details each May and December.
  • Prepare for each workshop, and follow up with instructors, volunteers, and students as needed.

30% Teach workshops

  • Develop workshops and deciding on costs, scheduling, and other details of each.
  • Prepare for each workshop, teach, and follow up with volunteers and students as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Experience and expertise in a wide range of horticultural and botanical subjects
  • Some availability on Saturdays

Additional Information:

Pay range $ 22/hour

This is a temporary casual position located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN. Work schedule: Schedule to be determined between supervisor and candidate.

*** This job description describing the current responsibilities of this position is subject to change.

General Behavior Statements

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has the following expectations of all employees in the areas of problem solving, initiative, planning/organizational skills, interpersonal skills, attendance/punctuality and orderliness.

Employees are expected to:

  • Identify problems in a timely and efficient manner and offer practical solutions to problems when ever possible
  • Consider the effects of decisions made prior to making decision
  • Offer suggestions in ways to increase efficiency and productivity
  • Make appropriate decisions about when to act independently and when to consult with others
  • Use resources wisely, schedule work effectively
  • Share information in a courteous manner with other employees to ensure a knowledgeable, efficient, cohesive work force
  • Provide information to visitors in a courteous and friendly manner
  • Offer help to coworkers when own workload permits
  • Arrive for work as scheduled so as to not disrupt, delay or cause additional work for coworkers
  • Give proper notification to supervisor of scheduled absences
  • Keep work area appropriately presentable to the public
  • Return shared equipment/supplies to proper storage area after use or at end of day in ready-to-use condition
  • Treat coworkers with respect and consideration
To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.

Interpretive Tram Lead

Supervisor: Laura Vogel, Manager of Adult Education     

Classification: Temporary Casual, 67 days

Overview:
As part of the Education Department and the public face of the Arboretum, the Interpretive Tram Specialist drives and narrates a one-hour tram ride for ticketed guests.   For many guests, the tram ride is a first introduction to the Arboretum.  It is important for the Interpretive Tram Specialist to provide an enjoyable, informative experience that conveys the Arboretum's work and all the Arboretum offers in a way that encourages visitors to explore further after their ride, and to return in the future.

This position will include both the duties of an Interpretive Tram Specialist, as well as management responsibilities and planning the growth of our tram and service in coordination with other Arboretum staff.

Job Description:
60% Management responsibilities such as scheduling, coordinating training, communication with the tram team, and planning the growth of our tram service in coordination with other Arboretum staff.

40% Interpretive Tram Specialist responsibilities.

Required Qualifications:
This position requires previous experience as an Interpretive Tram Specialist, good organization and communication skills, a strong interest in and enthusiasm for the Arboretum and its mission, proven superb customer service skills, demonstrated record-keeping experience, and a desire to work outdoors.  Successful applicants must successfully complete Tram Driver training, pass a background check, and will be subject to random drug testing.

Additional Information:
Pay range $ 16.52/hour

This is a temporary casual position located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.   Work schedule: The tram operates from May 1 to mid-October. Work shifts are weekdays and weekends and are 7 hours in length. This position will include an average of 3 days a week during the tram season.

*** This job description describing the current responsibilities of this position is subject to change.

General Behavior Statements

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has the following expectations of all employees in the areas of problem solving, initiative, planning/organizational skills, interpersonal skills, attendance/punctuality and orderliness.

Employees are expected to:

  • Identify problems in a timely and efficient manner and offer practical solutions to problems when ever possible
  • Consider the effects of decisions made prior to making decision
  • Offer suggestions in ways to increase efficiency and productivity
  • Make appropriate decisions about when to act independently and when to consult with others
  • Use resources wisely, schedule work effectively
  • Share information in a courteous manner with other employees to ensure a knowledgeable, efficient, cohesive work force
  • Provide information to visitors in a courteous and friendly manner
  • Offer help to coworkers when own workload permits
  • Arrive for work as scheduled so as to not disrupt, delay or cause additional work for coworkers
  • Give proper notification to supervisor of scheduled absences
  • Keep work area appropriately presentable to the public
  • Return shared equipment/supplies to proper storage area after use or at end of day in ready-to-use condition
  • Treat coworkers with respect and consideration

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.


Assistant Gardener, 7-Month Seasonal

Supervisor: Landscape Maintenance Supervisor

Classification: 6040 - Assistant Gardener Teamster Unit 3

Overview:
The Assistant Gardener position is responsible for maintaining display gardens, research plots and greenhouses at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center located in Chaska, MN.  Schedule will vary.  This position is a full-time - seasonal (7-month) Teamsters Unit 3 position; typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually.

Job Description:

60%    Perform maintenance work in assigned Arboretum display gardens and on the grounds:

  • Plant and transplant bulbs, plants, shrubs, trees and lay sod.
  • Prune trees and shrubs, stake and transplant trees;
  • Prepare soil for new annual and perennial beds, maintain perennial beds
  • Move ornamental rocks and other accessories into gardens, build garden fences, etc.
  • Apply wood chips, mulch, cut grass, dig up turf when needed
  • Water display gardens, greenhouse plantings and grounds as required

20%    Apply herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers

  • Apply herbicides, insecticides and liquid fertilizers with the use of a back-pack sprayer. Spread granular fertilizers and soil amendments using spreaders and measured amounts.
  • Wear safety equipment as instructed by the label and supervisor.

10%    Operate grounds maintenance equipment

  • Operate gas powered weed whip, lawn mowers, blowers, club cars, dump truck and use other miscellaneous electrical tools to perform garden maintenance.
  • Chain saw and chipper training will be offered on site and necessary safety training provided.

10%    Other grounds maintenance duties as assigned

Required Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent and one year of related training or experience in commercial gardening, grounds maintenance, and/or greenhouse work.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, climb 8-foot ladders, and be able to lift 50 pounds for extended periods of time.
  • Must be willing to work 5 days per week or less due to weather and availability of funding; including alternate weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with chainsaw and wood chipper operation
  • Pesticide Applicator License
  • Experience with organic gardening
  • Experience gardening in an educational setting; comfortable working around children

Additional Information:

This is a 7-month Seasonal 100 % Teamster Unit 3 position typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually.

This position includes the option to participate in the U of MN benefits package; medical, dental, life, STD/LTD, LTC insurance plans and flexible spending accounts.  Employee is responsible for full cost on benefit premiums while on seasonal unpaid leave (seasonal layoff). 

Probationary period: 1120 straight-time hours

To be considered for this position, complete an application online at https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs, job id 315940. Please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


67 day Seasonal Laborer 0001

Supervisor: Landscape Maintenance Supervisor

Qualifications:                                   

Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, climb 8-foot ladders, and be able to lift 50 pounds for extended periods of time.  Must be at least 18 years old.  Schedule will vary.   

Job Description:

100% - Perform maintenance work on display gardens, research plots and buildings at the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center.

  • Weeding, planting, pruning, weeding, removing brush, watering, spreading mulch, fertilizer, utilizing various types of garden and landscaping equipment such as pruners, shears, trees saws, shovels, pitchforks, ladders, cherry pickers
  • Operate various types of engine-driven equipment such power rakes, small tractors, and utility carts.
  • Pick up trash and debris; cleaning buildings, moving furniture, etc.
  • Loading and unloading trucks.

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.


Catering and Retail Services Team

The Arboretum and University of Minnesota Dining Services are seeking applicants for joining our catering and retail team! We are accepting resumes for the following positions:

- Cook (Job Requisition 314029)

If interested, please search the above requisition number at the following job site: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs or email resume directly to Michael Modry at: modry003@umn.edu.

Part-time, seasonal, hourly positions include:

Bartenders
Banquet Captains
Banquet Servers
Retail Servers

If interested, email resume directly to Michael Modry at: modry003@umn.edu.


Event Services Concierge

Supervisor: Private Events Manager              

Classification: Temp/Casual   

 Position Overview: 

This position is a Casual appointment (67 day appointment) responsible for assisting the various Visitor Service areas on weekends, evening, and holiday as scheduled to enhance our visitor experience at the Arboretum and assist the Private Events Manager/Reservations Office/Events & Exhibits areas. This position will require superior customer service with an ability to work with a diverse group of clientele, attention to detail, and a strong knowledge of the Arboretum's capabilities.        

Job Description:

Represent the Arboretum on Weekends, Evenings, and Holidays as scheduled

  • Provide exemplary customer service to all Arboretum visitors, members, staff, and guest
  • Enforce Arboretum & University policies in a professional and friendly manner
  • Remain visible to clients and staff and/or maintain radio communication when you are not visible to the clients and staff
  • Work with Arboretum clients on site to ensure a positive meeting, event, and wedding experience
  • Assist rental groups by greeting the contact upon arrival and providing assistance in facilitating their requests
  • Respond to requests for set up and troubleshooting of audio visual needs for meetings and events
  • Work with Security and Grounds staff to ensure proper policies are enforced in a respectful manner
  • Assist Custodians, Event Set-Up Team and Catering Staff with last minute room set up changes
  • Traffic and parking control
  • Other duties as assigned

Hours/Days of Week:
Hours will be determined by the Private Events Manager. Hours will include evenings and weekends May-October.

Rate of Pay: 
$13.00 -15.00 per hour

Required Qualifications:

  • Two years in a customer service related position
  • A current CPR, First Aid, and Defibrillator certification will be required within 6 months of your hire
  • The ability to lift 30 pounds, frequent standing, walking, and sitting
  • Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experiences
  • Demonstrate ability to work and interact cooperatively in a positive and respectful manner with other employees, members, and visitors.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working at a public garden, park, outdoor venue, or related facility especially involving working with large number of visitors and a diverse group of employees and volunteers
  • Experience working with wedding reception
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds, buildings, facilities, and programs including building automations, lighting programming, and security systems.

General Behavior Statements:

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has the following expectations of all employees in the areas of problem solving, initiative, planning/organizational skills, interpersonal skills, attendance/punctuality and orderliness.

Employees are expected to:

  • Identify problems in a timely and efficient manner and offer practical solutions to problems whenever possible
  • Consider the effects of decisions made prior to making decision
  • Offer suggestions in ways to increase efficiency and productivity
  • Make appropriate decisions about when to act independently and when to consult with others
  • Use resources wisely, schedule work effectively
  • Share information in a courteous manner with other employees to ensure a knowledgeable, efficient, cohesive work force
  • Provide information to visitors in a courteous and friendly manner
  • Offer help to coworkers when own workload permits
  • Arrive for work as scheduled so as to not disrupt, delay or cause additional work for coworkers
  • Give proper notification to supervisor of scheduled absences
  • Keep work area appropriately presentable to the public
  • Return shared equipment/supplies to proper storage area after use or at end of day in ready-to-use condition
  • Treat coworkers with respect and consideration

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.


Wedding and Special Events Assistant   

Supervisor: Private Events Manager

Classification: Temp/Casual

Overview:

This position is responsible for providing services to clients, working with Arboretum Reservation staff, and providing on-site coordination of activities during events.

Qualifications:

  • Good customer skills and ability to problem solve quickly
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (30 lbs)

Job Description:

  • Set up and take down directional signs, chairs, tables, and other requested items for all outdoor wedding ceremonies
  • Ensure gardens are cleaned before and after ceremonies
  • Be stationed at the entrance of the garden throughout the ceremony and remain at the wedding site until all guests have vacated the venue
  • Assist the event team in executing event set up and take-down including but not limited to printing and displaying signage, organizing and executing event décor, assisting vendors with their booths, preparing event layout(s) and clean up
  • Assist with onsite event management including but not limited to driving golf carts, providing event information and directions, giving co-workers and volunteers breaks, working information booths and managing activity areas
  • Work with and train event volunteers to ensure there are no gaps in customer service, communication and event behavior expectations
  • Provide superior customer service to all Arboretum visitors
  • Meet with Private Events Manger for details of schedules, procedures and updates and attend on-board training

Hours/Days of Week:
Hours will be determined by the Private Events Manager. Hours will include evenings and weekends May-October.

Rate of Pay: 
$13.00 -15.00 per hour

General Behavior Statements:

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has the following expectations of all employees in the areas of problem solving, initiative, planning/organizational skills, interpersonal skills, attendance/punctuality and orderliness.

Employees are expected to:

  • Identify problems in a timely and efficient manner and offer practical solutions to problems whenever possible
  • Consider the effects of decisions made prior to making decision
  • Offer suggestions in ways to increase efficiency and productivity
  • Make appropriate decisions about when to act independently and when to consult with others
  • Use resources wisely, schedule work effectively
  • Share information in a courteous manner with other employees to ensure a knowledgeable, efficient, cohesive work force
  • Provide information to visitors in a courteous and friendly manner
  • Offer help to coworkers when own workload permits
  • Arrive for work as scheduled so as to not disrupt, delay or cause additional work for coworkers
  • Give proper notification to supervisor of scheduled absences
  • Keep work area appropriately presentable to the public
  • Return shared equipment/supplies to proper storage area after use or at end of day in ready-to-use condition
  • Treat coworkers with respect and consideration

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.


Horticultural Research Center 7-Month Assistant Gardener

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather, climb 8-foot ladders, and be able to lift 50 pounds for extended periods of time. Pesticide applicator's license may be required for some positions.
  • Must be willing to work 5 days per week or less due to weather and availability of funding; including occasional weekends. Schedule may vary and can include weekend hours during apple harvest and sales (September- October). The season is typically from April 1st and ending on October 31st annually.

Duties/Responsibilities
This position is located at the U of MN Horticulture Research Center/ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, MN. This position is a full-time (7 month) Teamsters Unit 3 position; typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually. Schedule may vary.

Position is represented by Teamsters Bargaining Unit. Dues or Fair Share deductions will be made. Hourly Salary Range: $15.56 - $19.34

The position is responsible for maintaining apple trees and other fruit plants from greenhouse to nurseries and orchards at the Horticultural Research Center.

(30%) Plant, prune, stake, transplant, irrigate, and perform other duties required to produce and grow apple trees and other plants needed at the Horticultural Research Center.

(20%) Manage, train and grow young fruit trees in nursery, research plots and orchards. Assist in bud-grafting and other forms of propagation needed to reproduce and grow fruit trees.

(25%) Assist in the harvest, sorting, packaging and sale of apples and other fruit at the Horticultural Research Center. May require some weekend hours during the apple harvest and sales season (September- October).

(15%) Identify and control pests and weeds. Apply herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, fertilizer and other materials as needed to maintain good growing conditions. Mowing, hand weeding and mulch application as needed.

(5%) Assist in the breeding and evaluation of new fruit varieties, primarily apples but may also include other fruits such as apricots, pears, plums and blackberries.

(5%) Other projects as assigned.

To be considered for this position, complete an application online at https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs, job id 315957. Please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Event-Planning Internships:

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is offering a three-month unpaid internship in Event Planning from approximately May through August/September. This internship will be 15-20 hours per week, including one day in the office and one weekend day each week (typically Saturday).

Internship objectives: provide students with an enriching professional growth experience in event and project planning; encourage problem solving skills during the planning, executing, monitor and controlling, and closing phases of an event; give students practical career experience in the event industry.

Program includes:

Internship Responsibilities - assist with Reservation Office administrative duties; work with the day-of reservations staff and employees with the management of seasonal events and weddings

Office Mentorship - choose an area of focus 1) Weddings and Private Events; 2) Corporate and Non-Profit Groups; 3) Signature Fundraising and work directly with an office manager on event logistics, attend planning meetings, and day-of event duties as assigned

Create A Moving Forward Portfolio - research desired career path; participate in an informal interview; update resume; create mock cover letters; attend networking events

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in event planning or the communications sector. Qualifications for candidates include event planning or communications experience and the successful completion of a background check.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, application form, and resume to: 

Carissa Pfarr
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55317

Or send an electronic copy to pfarr016@umn.edu

Applications for 2017 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.


Horticulture Internships: Open for 2017 Applications. Click here for More Information.


About the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

As a premier pubic garden and cultural destination, and international horticultural research center, the Arboretum is a community resource that contributes to the horticultural, economic, and intellectual lives of Minnesotans and people all over the world.  Named as one of the "10 great places to smell the flowers" by USA Today, the Arboretum boasts over 25,000 members, 1,800 volunteers and more than 464,000 visitors annually. The Arboretum features 1,215 acres, 32 display and specialty gardens, 48 general plant collections and more than 5,000 plant species and varieties.

Founded more than 50 years ago, in 1958, the Arboretum is a part of the Department of Horticultural Science, in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, a western suburb of the Minneapolis/St Paul metropolitan area, the Arboretum is approximately 9 miles west of Interstate 494.The mission of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is to be a resource for horticultural and environmental information, research, and public education. To inspire and delight visitors with quality plants in well designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.

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