Employment Opportunities

The Arboretum offers the following job openings. To  apply, please visit the U of M employment page, click "search postings" and enter the requisition number of the job listed below. Applicants must complete the University's on-line application form and, if required, submit any additional documents listed on the job posting with the application. For further information about open positions, please contact our Human Resources office at 952-443-1410.

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CURRENT OPENINGS:

Event Set-Up Team Member
Number of positions available: 6 This position is responsible for setting up meeting rooms & outdoor spaces for Facility Rental clients (Internal & External Clients).  Team Members will work as scheduled to ensure proper set ups and AV trouble shooting while assisting Visitor 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 ability to follow direction quickly & efficiently.

Required Qualifications:
Experience in customer service/conference services related positions.  A MN driver’s license.  The ability to lift up to 50 pounds, frequent standing, walking, sitting, and climbing ladders up to 6 feet tall. Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experience. Demonstrated ability to work and interact cooperatively in a positive and respectful manner with other employees, members and visitors. 

Preferred Qualifications:
Three years experience in front line customer service/conference services related positions preferred
. Experience working at a public garden, park, outdoor event, or related facility especially involving working with large numbers of visitors and a diverse group of employees and volunteers.  Knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds, buildings, facilities, and programs.

To Apply: please complete an application and include a resume or work history. Applications may be sent to Lindsay Sypnieski Manager of Visitor Services and Events at lsypnies@umn.edu.

Visitor Services Concierge
Number of positions available: 4 This position is responsible for assisting the various Visitor Services areas on Weekends, Evenings, and Holidays as scheduled to enhance our Visitor Experience at the Arboretum and assist the Visitor 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.

Required Qualifications:
One year experience in a customer service related position.  A MN driver’s license.  A current CPR, First Aid, and Defibrillator certification will be required within 6 months of your hire. The ability to lift up to 50 pounds, frequent standing, walking, sitting, and climbing ladders up to 6 feet tall.  Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experience.  Demonstrated ability to work and interact cooperatively in a positive and respectful manner with other employees, members and visitors.

Preferred Qualifications:
Three years experience in front line customer service related positions.  Experience working at a public garden, park, outdoor event, or related facility especially involving working with large numbers of visitors and a diverse group of employees and volunteers.  Knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds, buildings, facilities, and programs including building automation, lighting programming, and security systems.  

To Apply: please complete an application and include a resume or work history. Applications may be sent to Lindsay Sypnieski Manager of Visitor Services and Events at lsypnies@umn.edu.

Visitor Services Events/Wedding Coordinator

Number of positions: 1  This position is responsible for assisting the Reservations Manager, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum located in Chaska, to manage and achieve the Visitor Services and Events earned revenue goals. This position is responsible for booking and Coordinating facility rentals for wedding as well as corporate, social, and other potential revenue producing activities. 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.

Required Qualifications:
BA/BS degree and one year of event planning/sales experience in a highly customer service oriented environment with a diverse group of clientele or a combination of education and relevant experience to total five years. Wedding planning experience. Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:
Four or more years event and or wedding planning experience.Previous experience working in an Arboretum, Museum, Nature or Event center. Previous experience multi-tasking high-volume setting. Ability to prioritize. Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experience. Previous work experience that demonstrates self-motivation, and superior problem solving skills.

To Apply: Apply online at: http://employment.umn.edu (search for Requisition #192730).  All applicants must register in the employment system, and attach cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Temporary  Laborer - Horticultural Research Center

The position is responsible for maintaining apple trees and other fruit plants from greenhouse to research nurseries and orchards at the Horticultural Research Center.  To apply, please complete a Temporary Casual application.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

—Horticulture: CLOSED for 2014 Applications.

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.

Applications for 2014 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.


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