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 TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.

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

Communications & Public Relations Manager

The Communications and Public Relations Manager will play key role in helping capture increased share of the hearts, minds and imagination of local, regional and national consumers on behalf of the Arboretum. Focus is on increasing awareness and engagement through market research, planning, documenting strategy and delivery of communication themes, content and quality across digital/traditional owned, earned and paid channels. 

A core leader within Arboretum Commercial Operations and Guest Services (COGS), and member of the Marketing Leadership team (MLT), this leader and Communications team are charged with reaching and engaging critical internal and external audiences including Arboretum staff, membership and target public audiences. Success will result in increased public visitors, earned revenue, donations, program participation and membership. 

An immediate expectation will be leading the modernization of our digital content, and ongoing readiness of staff to assure excellence in writing for engaging cross consumer segment audiences in both digital and traditional channels. Establishing publication schedules that allow for expert proofreading will ensure scientific accuracy and avoid errors in dates, times locations, etc. This role will work closely and collaboratively with IT, Marketing Programs and Arboretum stake holders to assure alignment, brand standard, dynamic, engaging visual and written copy and adherence to writing guidelines in terms of audience reading level and style that is approved by the Arboretum Director’s Council.

For more information and to APPLY please use the following link: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/328557 (job id 328557). Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, 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 Job Applications" page and uploading documents there. 

If you are a current employee of the University please use the following link instead: 


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.

Master Gardener Program Youth Education Coordinator - Hennepin County

The University of Minnesota Extension is recruiting candidates for a 50% time Master Gardener Program Youth Education Coordinator – Hennepin County.

A BA/BS in management or related field with at least 2 years of experience (such as managing volunteer programs and leading teams) or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six (6) years is required. Previous experience as a volunteer coordinator and knowledge or interest in horticulture preferred.

To apply online and to access the complete job description go to https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/327636 (Job ID: 327636) Review of applications will begin the week of Dec. 7, 2018; the position will remain open until filled.

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

Bring a seven week, hands-on plant science and nutrition program curriculum to life 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 a garden setting. You will learn, adapt, and apply best practice teaching methods for engaging young people with plants.  

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

Prepare for and teach assigned portions of the curriculum. Set the stage for safe, supportive learning experiences in the garden 
Gather and prepare supplies, posters, and consumables for each week’s lesson. Work with partner organizations to coordinate garden programs that fit their needs
Be a part of a team, working with colleagues and volunteers to organize and present the program
Special projects as assigned

20%   Document and Share program Activities

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


Demonstrated knowledge, passion, and interest in plants
Teaching experience in classroom and/or outdoor settings
Successful completion of a background check
Drivers license 


2 or more years teaching in outdoor education or informal education  
Coursework and/or work experience related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education or related field
Experience working in community partnerships


Start Date:  April 15, 2019
Training and additional work days: TBD 
Regular summer schedule:  TBD 32 hours/wk M-Thursday
End Date:  Oct. 31, 2019
Total hours for this position: 256  

Specific workday schedule to be determined between the supervisor and candidate.   Responsibilities and work schedule are subject to change.


Pay range: $14-$17/hour/dependent on qualifications

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and  references to: Growing Good Planning Team, c/o Karen DePratto at beamo003@umn.edu

 Growing Good Gardener (position based in Minneapolis)        

Share and apply your horticulture expertise to grow exceptional gardens that serve as teaching spaces in Minneapolis and St.Paul. The Growing Good Gardener will coordinate with program leaders to prepare, maintain, and provide the highest level of garden care and plant material needed for programs.

80% Garden Maintenance: 

Maintain Arboretum quality gardens at 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 Growing Good team to determine weekly and seasonal priorities, projects and resources.

20%  Plant/garden resource for Growing Good Team and Community  

Work with community partners, children’s garden in residence team, and the Growing Good Leadership team to provide resources and support for programming.


One year garden management experience
Post-secondary degree or significant coursework in horticulture
Extensive knowledge of vegetable and ornamental annual plants well adapted to Twin Cities area climate
Successful completion of background check
Drivers license


Established network of contacts with local greenhouse and garden supply industry
Experience working in diverse cultural settings


Start Date:  April 15, 2019
April 15-May 1st:  16 hours/week
May 1st-August 15:  32 hours/week
August 15-October 31st:  13 hours/week
End Date:  October 31st, 2019
Total Hours: 516 (not to exceed 67 days)
Specific hours/days  to be determined by Growing Good Team.


Pay: $14-$18/dependent on qualifications

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to: Growing Good Planning Team, c/o Karen DePratto at beamo003@umn.edu

Growing Good Youth Team Facilitator (Position Based in Minneapolis)

 The Growing Good facilitator supports a team of young people as they take on a summer garden-based project. The facilitator will be part of a diverse cohort of leaders that will be dedicated to planning and presenting innovative, community oriented, plant-based, twenty first century job experiences. 


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. 
Lead a team of youth for all scheduled work days.  

33% Planning, Coordination, Documentation, Partnership and Relationship Building: 

Attend weekly team meetings with Growing Good team, and check-in meetings with Growing Good coordinator as needed.
Responsible for keeping track of program expenses.  
Cultivate camaraderie, new and existing relationships, positive participation, youth voice, and achievement for the team and each of its members.
Produce a summer journal with photos, records, reflection, surveys, documenting successes of the team.


Passion, skill and experience working with teenagers or youth in formal and/or non-formal education setting
Successful completion of background check
Drivers license 


Experience and interest in plants
Understanding of social media platforms
Experience working in diverse urban communities
Entrepreneurial experience in areas such as marketing, customer service, quality control, invoicing
College coursework in horticulture, education, youth development correlated field


Start Date: April 15th, 2019
Training and additional work days: TBD
Regular summer schedule: TBD 24-40 hours/wk. 
End Date:  October 31, 2019
Special Projects:  up to 16 hours/week May 5-October 31 (as assigned).
Total hours for this position:  Not to exceed 240 hours (10 weeks, 24 hours/week) 


$14.00-$17.00 an hour/dependent on qualifications

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to: Growing Good Planning Team, c/o Karen DePratto at beamo003@umn.edu



Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2019 Horticulture Internships.

Please see http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/internships.aspx for more information and application instructions.

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.