Employment Opportunities

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. The Arboretum is located approximately 30 miles west of the Twin Cities Campus along Hwy 5, just west of the City of Chanhassen. The Arboretum consists of over 1100 acres of trees, shrubs, plants; the Oswald Visitor Center, Snyder Building Education Center, Horticultural Research Center and other facilities, gardens, displays, exhibits and model landscapes.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum strives to provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, services, gardens, operations and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

We recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching experience of our employees, donors, members, volunteers and visitors and in supporting the Arboretum mission. 

We are committed to attracting and engaging employees, members, donors, volunteers and visitors with varying identities and backgrounds. As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, we are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourage 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.

To apply for temporary and casual opportunities (TACE) please complete a online TACE application or download and complete an application form and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu unless otherwise noted in job overview.

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

Senior Research Plot Technician 9-Month Seasonal

This position has the responsibility for coordinating and leading production orchards, planning and executing pest management in production and research plantings. This position is primarily responsible for planting, training, maintenance and harvest of the fruit crops at the Horticultural Research Center.  This position is primarily responsible for the apple production orchard but may work with research orchards and small fruit plantings. This position will involve working with research project leaders, scientists and graduate students and is responsible for maintaining open communication between research project and apple production staff.

 Required Knowledge:

Combination of college horticulture education and experience in research plot maintenance and production orchards to equal five years. Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, follow the links below and 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 Job Applications" page and uploading documents there. 

For more information and to APPLY please use the following links:


Or, search for job id 328829

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.

Gatehouse Attendant - Part Time Temporary

This position will begin in mid-July and continue beyond the end of the summer.

90% Greet Guests and Collect Admission Fees

  • Greet guests
  • Provide information to them about MN Landscape Arboretum and Hort. Research Center
  • Collect admission fees
  • Promote and sell memberships to non-member visitors
  • Ring transactions on cash register and provide appropriate change to customer

10% Miscellaneous Job Duties

  • Verify and prepare daily cash settlements and reconcilements
  • Prepare daily cash attendance records including member visits, paying guests, non-paying guests, discount tickets, group attendance, weather conditions and over/shorts
  • Assist with set up and take down of chairs and tables for ceremonies and Music in the Gardens

Must be 16 years of age or older
Cash handling experience
Must be able to follow oral and written instructions
Must be able to work with minimum amount of supervision
Able to read, write, and understand English language
Interpersonal skills
Ability to stand up for 4 hours continuously
Ability to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekends

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

Security Patrol – Part Time Seasonal

The Security Patrol provides support for the safety and security of Arboretum guests; provides information to Arboretum guests in the gardens and ensures that visitors do not damage exhibits, displays or objects through misuse and reports any visible damage to the supervisor on duty.  Days will be Saturdays and Sundays with a few exceptions for covering vacations and signature events.  The position will run from May 1 to October 31 with the potential to be renewed each year.  Hours will be mainly afternoon and evenings.


90% Provide Security for the Arboretum and its Visitors, Staff, Buildings, Exhibits, Displays and Objects

  • Protect guests, exhibits, displays and objects by politely enforcing Arboretum policies including those regarding climbing on exhibits, sculptures, waterfalls and associated hazardous areas
  • Monitor traffic on 3-Mile Drive and parking areas
  • Patrol exhibit, display gardens, trails and plant collections at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum via patrol cart or on foot; be visible to guests and ready to provide information on locations of exhibits, restrooms, classes, gardens, picnic areas and related items
  • Be the first to respond to any injury or accident that occurs on Arboretum grounds. File any injury or vehicle accident reports as necessary
  •  Be informed of times and locations of tours, special programs and events
  •  Respond to weather, fire, accidents, infrastructure problems, traffic, guest problems, illegal activities or other emergency situations
  • Inspect buildings and grounds for irregularities such as fire or potential fire hazards, water or gas leaks and unauthorized persons in an area
  • Closes doors and windows left open, turns off lights inadvertently left on
  • Controls access to activity centers such as libraries and research centers
  • May check credentials of person desiring access to an activity
  • Irregular/Special Occasion Tasks
  • Performs special security related duties as assigned.
  • Patrols outlying areas on ATV or snowmobile
  • Locks down all buildings and gates and insures all guests have exited at closing

10% Reporting and Administration

  • Reports all irregularities needing correction such as hazardous fire conditions, hazards to the public
  • Files all injury and accident reports in a timely manner
  • Evaluate the security needs of the Arboretum; develop and grow the security program.


  • High School diploma/GED
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check
  • Previous experience in security in a public setting
  • Current CPR, First Aid and Defibrillator
  • Must have good customer service skills and the ability to interact with guests of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic groups.
  • Requires the ability to stand for up to 4 hours on a continuous basis. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings


  • Familiarity with Landscape Arboretum programs, grounds and buildings.
  • Previous experience in security at an Arboretum, Botanical Garden, Nature Center, Museum, or Educational Facility
  • Previous training or coursework as security or peace officer or law enforcement or military equivalent training

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

Interpretive Tram Specialist - Temporary Position: Spring - Fall 2019 

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. The duties of this front-line interpretive staff position include:
*   Perform daily equipment check on Tram, and refuel Tram at end of day
*   Greet ticketed passengers, assist in boarding as needed
*    Maintain a very high level of customer service for all Tram passengers
*    Keep records as required; make comment cards available to visitors
*    Attend and participate in training sessions

REQUIRED:  This position requires 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.

*   Public speaking experience
*    A positive outgoing personality including a dose of patience and sense of humor
*    Previous experience operating a Tram
*    Working as part of a team

The tram operates from May 1 to mid-October. Work shifts are weekdays and weekends and are 7 hours in length.   A typical schedule is 2-3 shifts per week for a total of 60 shifts during the season.

Application Information
To apply for this position, send a completed application or cover letter and resume to the Manager of Adult Education Programs, Laura Vogel, via email at lbvogel@umn.edu or drop paperwork off at the Reception Desk in the Arboretum’s Visitor Center.

Gift & Garden Store Assistant Manager 

The Gift & Garden Store is the primary location for retail revenue which supports the operations of the Arboretum.  The staff is comprised of 10-15 front-line employees, depending on the season, and six volunteers along with a management team.  In addition, a second satellite store is open from August thru November and is included in the scope of retail operations. There is a potential for additional pop-up stores in the future. This position is responsible for supervision of all Gift Store staff and volunteers.  This position functions as the point person in the absence of the manager for store operations, merchandising decisions and issues related to buying. This position must be able to collaborate across all Arboretum departments to promote and advance the objectives of the store.

This position has a rotating schedule, 5 days, 8 hours a day including some weekends and evenings.

For more information and to APPLY please use the following link or search for job 330972:


General Maintenance Supervisor

The position will manage all aspects of facilities operations, deferred maintenance projects, construction, renovation, maintenance and project and facility management at the MLA and Horticultural Research Center (HRC) including all buildings, garden hardscapes, roads, utilities, and other facilities.  This position is also responsible for oversight of planned renovations and emergency repairs and has the responsibility to supervise the repair, maintenance, and upkeep of the MLA facility and equipment.

For more information and to APPLY please use the following link or search for job 331254:


Apple Picker/Grader

OVERVIEW: This position is responsible for picking, sorting and bagging apples in the Arboretum Applehouse
This is a temporary, seasonal position starting in August and ending in October.  


100 %  Apple Production Support
•    Unload field crates and bulk boxes of apples from trucks
•    Learn and follow Apple House policies and procedures.
•    Sort apples based on size, condition , color and maturity
•    Carefully place apples in bags and boxes for sale
•    Price bags and boxes
•    Correctly label tables and bulk displays
•    Insure that display of merchandise and apples is adequately stocked and presented.
•    Keep apple house and grading area clean and organized
•    Answer customer questions while you are on the sales floor.
•    Remove poor quality apples from sales floor or discount for quick sale
•    Assist with other jobs in the apple house as needed

•    Must be able to lift 50 lbs
•    Able to read, write, and understand English language
•    Ability to sort by color
•    Must be able to follow oral and written instructions
•    Able to work in a variety of work environments
•    Ability stand up for 4-6 hours continuously.
•    Successful completion of a background check

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

Giftstore/Applehouse Cashier

•    Cashiering
•    Customer Service
•    Stocking apples and/or gift items
•    Light housekeeping
•    Inventory control
•    Daily sales reconciliation
•    Opening and closing cash register

Variable, includes evening and weekends.

Prefer experience in cashiering, customer service and sales.
Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.

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


About the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

As a premier public 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.