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)


Arboretum Director of Operations

The Arboretum is seeking an experienced and dynamic leader to for the position of Director of Operations at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

This individual will provide leadership, coordination, direction and evaluation of the operations areas that will assure well managed grounds, display plantings buildings, exhibitions and other functions to further the mission of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Required/Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Horticulture Science or related field plus at least 10 years of related experience.
  • Proven experience in public garden or horticultural research management.
  • Proven decision making experience on matters of financial significance to the institution
  • ?Experience working with research faculty and other horticulturists,
  • Experience collaborating with community leaders
  • Experience with soliciting donors
  • Excellent communications and public speaking skills
  • Proven experience working with diverse communities and those of underrepresented categories
  • Experience working with the media.
  • Successful completion of a background check

P?referred Qualifications:

  • MS in Horticulture Science or related field
  • Highly seasoned professional with 15 (or more) years of experience, an expert in the field of public garden or horticultural research management

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching experience of its employees, donors, members and visitors and in supporting the academic mission and we are 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, committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

To be considered for this position, applications must be submitted online at: http://employment.umn.edu (search for job id # 313683), select the Apply button and follow the instructions. All applicants must register in the employment system, attach cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: we will not contact references without the permission of the applicant. All applicant information is private and is only viewable by the search committee and Human Resources staff.

You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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


—Master Gardener Extension Educator and Education Manager

The Master Gardener Extension Educator & Education Manager position is part of the University of Minnesota Extension program and will be located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Responsibilities and performance expectations include; (80%) Manage the Horticulture Continuum of Learning (Grow U) education program. (15%) Manage horticulture educational program communications. (5%) Engage with the national Extension Master Gardener network. This position reports to the Director, Extension State MG Program (and Arboretum Education). A Master's degree in horticulture, plant sciences, agronomy, agricultural education, botany, plant conservation, education, curriculum and instruction, instructional design, or a related field is a required qualification. Initial application review will begin on September 16, 2016 and will remain open until filled. For more information and to apply, please submit an application on the U of MN employment website http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference Job ID 312605.


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.?


Guest Services Concierge: 14 hours per week

This position is responsible for assisting the various Guest Services areas on weekends, evenings, and holidays as scheduled to enhance our Guest experience at the Arboretum and assist the Guest Services/Reservations/Events/Exhibits areas in achieving revenue goals. This position will requires 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.

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


Membership Sales Assistant: Munro Exhibit

This position is responsible to provide excellent customer service, increasing Arboretum membership sales, supporting initiatives to expand membership while providing top quality customer service during the Bruce Munro "Winter Light at the Arboretum" exhibition and will evening and weekend hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights between from approximately November 13th, 2016 through April 2nd, 2017.

80%    Acquisition and Sales

  • Onsite sales of new, gift, renewal and donor level memberships.
  • Greet visitors and members, present information on daily events, seasonal exhibitions, and benefits of membership.
  • Scan daily room rental schedule for purpose of making sales pitch and distributing discount coupons in coordination with Facility Rental.
  • Processing membership applications and updating constituent records.

15%    Processing and Customer Service

  • Responding to queries and requests (phone/email).
5%      Other
  • Keep current on emails and staff communications, attend pertinent staff meetings

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


Seasonal Visitor Services Associate: 67 Day

This position is responsible for assisting the Visitor Services team with greeting guests and collecting admission, promoting and selling equipment rentals and tram admission while providing top quality customer service during the Bruce Munro "Winter Light at the Arboretum" exhibition and will evening and weekend hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights between from approximately November 13th, 2016 through April 2nd, 2017.

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


Security Services Lead

The Arboretum is seeking a individual to lead the security services for the department, staff, and visitors of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center.

?Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement or related field plus four (4) years of related experience, or a combination of related education and experience totaling eight (8) years.
  • Red Cross First Aid certified.
  • Valid MN drivers license.
  • Must pass a background check.

For more information and to apply, please submit an application on the U of MN employment website http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference Job ID 314079.


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:

- Cooks (Job Requisition 313439)

- Attendants / Dishwashers (Job Requisition 313498)

- Cashiers (Job Requisition 313497)

- Food Service Workers (Job Requisition 313495)

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


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

See Horticulture Internships below. 


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 21,000 members, 1,800 volunteers and more than 318,000 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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