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 612-301-7724.

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Building and Grounds Supervisor: 1 position

This position is responsible for the supervision of the Building and Grounds employees that clean and perform other daily maintenance of buildings and facilities at the Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center located in Chanhassen Minnesota.

  • (55%) Supervision of Building and Grounds Workers - Plans, schedules, and assigns work routines designed to allow for safe and convenient access to buildings, efficient operation, and essential building services.
  • (15%) Coordinates with departmental administrators to arrange for custodial maintenance in areas requiring evening use of physical facilities such as banquet rooms, party rooms, theater areas, and auditoriums.
  • (10%) Instructs and advises Building and Grounds Workers in work methods, safety practices, supply procedures, and operation of building heating, ventilating and lighting controls and lamp replacements.
  • (10%) Inspects work in progress and completed jobs to insure compliance with custodial maintenance standards and approved safety practices. Checks conditions of kitchen areas, restrooms, hallways, dining areas, storerooms, classrooms, offices, and so forth. Inspects for locked windows and doors and condition of floors, furnishings, furniture, drapes, lights, and refrigerant water coolers. Maintains vigilant lookout for hazards such as leaking pipes, untended waste, and wiring overloads. Checks fire extinguishers, exit light lamps, flashlights; arms security systems and patrols the grounds in the evening before locking gates.
  • (5%) Prepares building condition reports. Takes periodic inventory of physical facilities. Makes written and oral reports. Notifies supervisor immediately in event of serious emergency such as fire or accident.
  • (5%) Keeps time records for Building and Grounds Workers. Plans vacation schedules. Monitors building maintenance expenses and orders cleaning supplies, tools and paper goods.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree with at least two (2) years of related experience, or a combination of related education and/or relevant work experience totaling five (5) years.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience in a diverse, bargaining unit setting.
  • Experience in providing training to diverse audiences, with demonstrated ability to integrate the concept of difference or diversity into the training.
  • Experience with floor machines, hydraulic lifts and snow removal.
  • Experience with banquet set-ups.
  • Knowledge and troubleshooting experience with audio visual and computer equipment used for presentations.
  • Visitor service skills including managing staff in a busy and diverse public environment, helping visitors with way finding and event logistics.
To Apply: All applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota on-line application process located at  employment.umn.edu  search for requisition # 196646.

Gatehouse Attendant: Part Time: 2 positions

This position is responsible for greeting guests and collecting admission while providing top quality customer service. 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.        

  • 90% Greet Guests and Collect Admission Fee’s
  • Provide information to them about MN Landscape Arboretum and Hort. Research Ce; Collect admission fees
  • Promote and sell memberships to non-member visitors; Ring transactions on cash register; Make customer change;
Required Qualifications:
  • 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

To Apply: Please complete a TACE application and forward to Laura Boerbon, email lboerbon@umn.edu or mail 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

Custodial Assistants: 2 positions

This position is responsible for cleaning the Arboretum buildings and facilities and providing event setup and take down of tables, chairs and equipment for group room rentals during the afternoon, evening and weekend hours.  Hours can run late into the evening.  The position requires, bending down to clean toilets, pick up dirt from floor after sweeping, pick up debris from floor and to lift items that need to be transported from one area to another. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and climb 8-foot ladders. To apply please complete a TACE application and email or mail to Laura Boerbon: lboerbon@umn.edu.

7-Month Seasonal Assistant Garden HRC Apple Project: 1 position

This position is responsible for maintaining apple trees and other fruit plants from greenhouse to research nurseries and orchards at the Horticultural Research Center. This position is a full-time (7 month) represented by Teamsters Bargaining Unit. Dues or Fair Share deductions will be made. Season typically begins April 1st and ends on October 31st annually. Schedule will vary.

Required Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED and one (1) year of related training or experience in commercial gardening/ orchard care, 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. 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.
Apply online at: http://employment.umn.edu (search for Requisition # 196648). All applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota on-line application process.

The Landscape Gardener Woody and Herbaceous Plants Specialist (trees, shrubs and perennials): 1 position

This position is responsible for maintenance of gardens and collections within the public areas of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This includes cultivation and maintenance of the woody and herbaceous plant collections, facilitation of of staff training, volunteer recruitment, supervision of assigned seasonal garden staff, snow removal and equipment maintenance. This position will lead public and internal staff tours, assist the Education and Development Departments in activities and tours, write articles for the Arboretum Magazine and other outreach efforts for the MLA.

50%) Maintain Woody and Herbaceous Plant Collections:
Oversee activities related to proper maintenance of the assigned gardens and collections within the MLA.
Direct and supervise site preparation, planting, watering, staking, pruning, mulching, temporary labeling; protecting plants from animal and equipment damage.
Keep records of work planned and performed. Recommend horticultural management practices. In newly planted gardens, keep plant installation records and work with the curator of plants to assure accuracy.
Recommend purchase or resupply of needed plants, tools and equipment.
Assure fertility of garden soils for best practices and plant growth.

(15%) Recommend Planting of New Species and Cultivars:
Collaborate with Horticulture Manager and Curator of Plant Collections to keep woody and herbaceous plant collections up to date; replace failed plants; recommend pruning and yearly plant care to fulfill the design intent of the garden.
Recommend new introductions, and unusual species. If the garden is related to the sculpture garden or Chinese garden or the wetland edge, these plantings will be very specific requiring familiarity with wetland native plants or Asian plants. The ability to learn about these categories of plants quickly will be required.
Write Design Intent summary documents for the assigned gardens. Review these with the Horticulture Manager. Work with the Horticulture Manager to recommend yearly changes or upgrades to the plantings.

(25%) Supervise Seasonal Employees and Volunteers:
Plan and assign work; supervise seven month seasonal Gardeners, Assistant Gardeners and Laborers and Volunteers.
Train seasonal gardening staff and volunteers to carry out gardening duties with Best Management and Integrated Pest Management Practices.
Recruit, train and retain volunteers to work as volunteer staff in the assigned gardens.

(5%) Facilitate Member and Visitor Appreciation:
Assist with educational and outreach activities.
Be available to author articles on the gardens and plants.
Be available to develop and teach classes, conduct tours and other duties related to education and outreach that will fulfill the Arboretum Mission Statement.
Keep the Arboretum's Mission statement and garden design intent in mind when fulfilling this role.

(5%) Work in other Arboretum Areas:
Assist with special events preparation and execution.
Assist with building maintenance.
Plow snow, shovel/clear sidewalks, etc.
Perform other tasks as assigned or needed.

Required Qualifications:

BA/BS degree in Horticulture Science plus at least two (2) years experience in detailed gardening and ground maintenance to include design and maintenance of display beds and plant collections, or a combination of related educations and/or practical experience in horticulture and landscape design totaling at least six (6) years.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Possess visitor service skills for a diverse and busy public garden environment; assist visitors with way finding and conducting tours.
  • Be able to conduct gardening tasks safely in a public garden setting; provide for both staff and guest safety while getting work accomplished.
  • Be able to compare, verify and reconcile data to help the department achieve overall objectives.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as required.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Public garden gardening experience to include: special exhibitions, seasonal gardens and themed displays; and garden events for the public.
  • Experience in providing training to diverse audiences, with demonstrated ability to integrate the concept of difference or diversity into the training.
  • Establish a newly planted garden and the extra care that the plant collection requires.
  • Supervisory or managerial experience in a diverse, bargaining unit setting.
  • Asian woody and herbaceous plants; native water plants.  

Application Instructions:
All applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota on-line application located at employment.umn.edu  search for requisition # 196649.

As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Finalists will be expected to address their commitment and experience in working with diverse populations during the interview process. We welcome you to visit our college's Diversity and Inclusion web page at: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/diversity/


Event Planning Internship

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is offering a three-month unpaid internship in Event Planning from approximately May 2015 through August/September 2015. This internship will be approximately 15-20 hours per week, including one day in the office and 1 weekend day each week (typically Saturday).

Internship objectives:

Provide students with an enriching professional growth experience in event planning; encourage problem solving skills during the planning of a variety of events; and give students practical career experience in event planning.

Program includes:

Education - choose from Social Media, Sales, Photography, Event Planning or Other areas of public the reservation/events area.

Create A Moving forward Portfolio:
Research desired path; Participate in an informal interview; Update resume; Create Mock Cover letters; Networking Opportunities

Internship Responsibilities Include:
Assist the Reservations Office designing, planning and implementing all aspects of execution for the wide variety of events the Arboretum hosts.
Help in set up, rooming coordination, and hosting events.
Assist the Day-Of Reservations staffer with the management of events and weddings.
Additional internship activities will include weekly meetings with arboretum staff and meeting with potential clients.  Students will be assigned a project to complete during their time at the Arboretum.

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 a background check.

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

Carissa Pfarr
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318. 

Applications for 2015 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.

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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.