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)

Foundation and Government Relations Officer - 1.0FTE

Position Overview:

Reporting to Frank J. Molek, Director of Development and Membership, the Advancement Operations Officer for Foundations and Government Relations will work primarily with foundations and local, state, and federal government agencies to determine their grant and philanthropic interests, and close appropriate gifts in support of Arboretum fundraising priorities. This position coordinates with the Development/Membership, Education, Research, and Administrative Divisions at the Arboretum and works closely with the Arboretum office of Corporate Relations, as well as the Foundation Relations Office at the U of M Foundation.

Responsibilities:

GRANTSMANSHIP (70%)

  • Develop and implement strategy to select, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation and government prospects with an emphasis on acquiring new and/or increasing existing grant funding
  • For each grant prospect, identify means to increase involvement of donors and prospects in the activities of the Arboretum and/or the University
  • Work closely with program staff to gather information and data for project proposals
  • Work closely/collaborate with Corporate Relations Development Officer to prepare proposal and collateral material associated with Corporate/Business Grant requests
  • Collaborate with staff members to assist with the design of programs which will attract funding
  • Write, edit, and submit proposals for general operations, designated programs, and special projects
  • Assume primary responsibility to achieve the grant funding goals for specific programs and annual fund
  • Maintain tracking system of deadlines, submissions, and outcomes, ensure timely reporting and appropriate stewardship for funded projects
  • Design and implement a comprehensive long-range development plan for support, based on Foundation grant funding
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and its programs, effectively communicating its vision, mission, and priorities to prospects and donors and also acting as a resource for other Development staff

PROSPECT RESEARCH (10%)

  • Research potential funding sources; Maintain research information system on grant and other funding opportunities
  • Initiate and review research reports and information from the University's donor management system database as well as other systems on assigned Foundation prospects
  • Meet with Director of Development and Membership regularly to review projects and assess effectiveness
  • Offer research based counsel to Development and Membership Director and other Development staff

PROSPECT MANAGEMENT & STEWARDSHIP (20%)

  • Work proactively with the University of Minnesota Foundation on Arboretum Development Foundation/Government prospect coordination and information sharing
  • Special Projects as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree
  • Five to seven years experience with documented grant writing and grant reporting skills
  • Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills and success in working in a team setting

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five or more years of demonstrated experience in identification, cultivation and solicitation of Foundation and/or Government major gifts strongly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Highly organized
  • Enjoys administering fast paced schedule with numerous projects underway simultaneously
  • Contributes positively to a team oriented work environment
  • Exhibits high energy, positive attitude, commitment to excellence

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, 100%, 12-month, annually renewable academic professional (P&A) appointment located at the MN Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  Annual renewals are contingent upon a successful performance review, continuing need for the position, and availability of funds. This position reports directly to the Director of Development and Membership.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 316658). 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 Activities" page and uploading documents there.


Education Registrar Office Lead

.90 FTE

Overview:

This position serves as operational and supervisory lead for the Arboretum Education Department Registrar's office. This public-facing office is located in the Arboretum Learning Center, a fast-paced lively work environment that is often filled with schoolchildren, teachers, adult learners, and Arboretum visitors. Responsibilities include supervising registrars and volunteers, serving as back-up registrar, budget creation and oversight, software and office systems management, guest service issue resolution, liaison with other Arboretum staff, and administrative assistant to the Director of Education as assigned. This position reports to the Arboretum Director of Education.

50% Supervising office registrar's (office specialist staff) Supervise one .90 and one .35 office specialist staff who serve as registrars for customers registering for Arboretum education experiences via phone, on-line registration system, and in person. Serve as back-up registrar on a regular (daily) basis as workload requires. Serve as final point of contact for customer service complaints/issues involving registration systems, processes, and staff interactions. Successfully resolve and keep records of these issues. May involve letter writing, phone calls, emails, etc.

5% Budget creation and oversight Create and oversee expense and revenue budgets for the registrar's office. Monitor and approve purchasing, evaluate vendors for best pricing, and serve as liaison to the Arboretum Accounting team.

15% Software and office systems management Serve as Arboretum-wide lead liaison with on-line registration vendor, negotiate software content/function updates and costs, and serve as lead trainer and contact for any Arboretum staff needing to utilize the system. Create and maintain record keeping systems for accounting processes, room-use calendars, class calendars, and other office systems.

15% Arboretum staff liaison Serve as liaison with Arboretum department staff in operations, development, and guest services for functions relating to the registrar's office. Attend cross departmental team meetings as appropriate and necessary. Communicate with Education staff as necessary to problem solve, or set up communication systems.

15% Administrative assistant duties as assigned Complete tasks as assigned by the Director of Education such as documenting meeting proceedings, meeting logistics, communications, calendar management, and interacting with the Education Committee of the Arboretum Foundation board.

Schedule Tuesday - Saturday, 8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m., occasional evening or extended hours as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years
  • Software proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Successful communication proficiency via email, in-person, phone
  • Documented ability to write clearly, logically, succinctly
  • Experience providing exceptional customer service
  • Documented organizational and record keeping skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience in a customer service and/or office workplace
  • Experience with accounting processes

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 318310). 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.

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


The Urban Garden Program Coordinator

This position leads a team of educators that plan and present a comprehensive menu of plant and garden based programming for young people aged 5-25years old in the inner city neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St.Paul.  The Coordinator identifies and implements best practice for youth development for the Urban Garden Program.  The coordinator seeks alignment of need and opportunity with Arboretum and University programming to plan and present programming that is impactful and engaging to program participants and offers opportunity for continuous engagement.  The coordinator is a mentor and leader for the seasonal program leaders, and participants.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 318020). 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 Activities" page and uploading documents there.


—Shuttle Driver

Overview:
This position is responsible for duties such as driving the 9  passenger Bee Line Shuttle safely around 3 mile drive or the parking areas and for working as a team to set up & take down chairs and tables for ceremonies, and provide excellent customer service to Arboretum visitors, clients and wedding guests.  
 
Job Description: 
95% Shuttle Driver
Drive the 9-passenger Shuttle safely around 3 mile drive or the Parking areas, adhering to posted speed limits.
Greet passengers, providing suggestions to visitors on what to see at each stop, maintain a schedule time to minimize waits at each stop, assist visitors in wheelchairs on and off the Shuttle.
Communicate issues to supervisor and vehicle maintenance staff as needed.
 
5% Visitor Service Team support
Assist with set up & take down chairs and tables for ceremonies
Provide excellent customer service to Arboretum visitors, clients and wedding guests
Other duties as assigned
 
Qualifications:
High School diploma/GED
Must have a valid Minnesota driver's license.
Ability to lift 20-30 lbs
Age 19 or older
Ability to successfully pass a background check
Ability to work as a team or individually and follow directions
Must have good customer service skills and the ability to interact with guests of all ages.
Requires the ability to stand or sit for up to 4 hours on a continuous basis.
Ability to communicate well with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups in a wide variety of situations.
Currently looking for individuals available to work into October.

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


IT Manager

The IT Manager will be responsible for providing technology support to Arboretum staff, visitors and customers for the Anderson Horticulture Library, Education Center, Horticultural Research Center and Bee Center. Design, plan and implement information technology plan for the Arboretum; develop and monitor technology budget; maintain and administer the Arboretum computer network. Troubleshoot, upgrade, program and train staff on Audio Visual Systems and design, install and manage cameras, people counters and other technology on the Arboretum grounds. Plan, implement and maintain/upgrade hardware and software systems working with University IT services as needed to successfully complete projects. Stay abreast with technology developments and their impact on the Arboretum; develop, update and maintain technology systems documentation. Provide coaching and training to end users to enable them to use information and technology more efficiently. Provide training on specific programs, including Blackbaud Raisers Edge, Financial Edge organizational database programs, Access, etc. Supervise computer assistant(s) and train assistants on network, PC operations and troubleshooting.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 317654). 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.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 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, we are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


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.


Horticultural Research Center 7-Month Assistant Gardener

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • 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. Schedule may vary and can include weekend hours during apple harvest and sales (September- October). The season is typically from April 1st and ending on October 31st annually.

Duties/Responsibilities:

This position is located at the U of MN Horticulture Research Center/ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, MN. This position is a full-time (7 month) Teamsters Unit 3 position; typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually. Schedule may vary.

Position is represented by Teamsters Bargaining Unit. Dues or Fair Share deductions will be made. Hourly Salary Range: $15.56 - $19.34

The position is responsible for maintaining apple trees and other fruit plants from greenhouse to nurseries and orchards at the Horticultural Research Center.

(30%) Plant, prune, stake, transplant, irrigate, and perform other duties required to produce and grow apple trees and other plants needed at the Horticultural Research Center.

(20%) Manage, train and grow young fruit trees in nursery, research plots and orchards. Assist in bud-grafting and other forms of propagation needed to reproduce and grow fruit trees.

(25%) Assist in the harvest, sorting, packaging and sale of apples and other fruit at the Horticultural Research Center. May require some weekend hours during the apple harvest and sales season (September- October).

(15%) Identify and control pests and weeds. Apply herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, fertilizer and other materials as needed to maintain good growing conditions. Mowing, hand weeding and mulch application as needed.

(5%) Assist in the breeding and evaluation of new fruit varieties, primarily apples but may also include other fruits such as apricots, pears, plums and blackberries.

(5%) Other projects as assigned.

To be considered for this position, complete an application online at https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs, job id 315957. 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 Activities" page and uploading documents there.

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


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Event-Planning Internships:

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

Internship objectives: provide students with an enriching professional growth experience in event and project planning; encourage problem solving skills during the planning, executing, monitor and controlling, and closing phases of an event; give students practical career experience in the event industry.

Program includes:

Internship Responsibilities - assist with Reservation Office administrative duties; work with the day-of reservations staff and employees with the management of seasonal events and weddings

Office Mentorship - choose an area of focus 1) Weddings and Private Events; 2) Corporate and Non-Profit Groups; 3) Signature Fundraising and work directly with an office manager on event logistics, attend planning meetings, and day-of event duties as assigned

Create A Moving Forward Portfolio - research desired career path; participate in an informal interview; update resume; create mock cover letters; attend networking events

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 background check.

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

Carissa Pfarr
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55317

Or send an electronic copy to pfarr016@umn.edu

Applications for 2017 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.


—AppleHouse Temp Casual Appointments 

Now accepting applications at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum AppleHouse! 

Arboretum Apple House Cashier
Arboretum Apple Sorters

Hours are variable, and include early evenings and weekends. 
(Apple House is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Late August through early November.) 

This is a fun, fast-paced opportunity! Cashier, customer service and sales experience preferred. 

Cashier - Duties include cashiering, customer service, stocking apples and gift items, light housekeeping, inventory control, daily sales reconciliation, opening and closing the cash register.

Apple Sorting - Duties may include lifting up to 25 lbs. Sorting on a production line. No experience required. Positive attitude a plus!   

To apply, visit the employment page of our web site at http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/employmentopportunities.aspx
or pick up an application at the Visitor Center Information Desk.

Questions? Contact Patti Mirabelli at (612) 301-7606.

—Marketing Assistant, Temporary Part-Time

Overview:
This position has a variety of supportive responsibilities, typically working within the framework of established policies and technical practices, which require general knowledge of the methods and practices in specific functional areas of brand management, print production coordination and client services.

The Marketing Assistant will be responsible for ensuring design standards and content consistency and quality within budget parameters in 1) brand management-the cohesive and timely development and production of visitor communication materials, membership marketing materials, web and electronic communications vehicles to build public awareness and visitorship to the Arboretum; and 2) working with Marketing & Communications team-to support public relations events and activities. The Marketing Assistant will participate in strategic planning for seasonal exhibits, programming, events and promotions for a series of income-producing events to build overall revenue and be involved in implementation as assigned.

This position will require frequent interaction with Marketing & Communications employees and other Arboretum employees and managers throughout the Arboretum; possibly Arboretum promotional partners and sponsors; and occasionally with media.

This position may be assigned much of the daily operations of the project management with design and print vendors under the direction of the supervisor, within the framework of established policies and procedures, be delegated responsibility for specific operations to work independently on behalf of the unit.

Typical Tasks:
Serves as interim liaison with fellow Arboretum employees in need of marketing and communication services. Occasionally, this position would represent and be information contact person on behalf of promotional events and community outreach activities. Explains program to individuals, business and community organizations for the purpose of promoting the Arboretum

Organizes framework for creative/production project planning, project workflow with supervisor, implementation schedule and timeline, sales presentations and sales tracking

Works with supervisor to prepare biweekly/monthly report of project progress.

Job Description:
75% - Ensure quality and timely flow and production of visitor communications and brand communications projects, marketing materials (print and electronic) and business unit marketing project requests to reinforce brand standards, key messaging and content accuracy and clarity. Develop status of works in progress report on weekly basis to ensure advance planning and deliverables with subject matter experts in each division.

15% - Develop and implement marketing promotion and events in partnership with Arboretum business units. Create project plans, event collateral, evaluation with project team and other projects as assigned.

5% - In-house production printing and coordination, laminating, assembling of signs, etc.

5% - Attend required staff meetings, keep up to date with emails and print information on Development & Communications division information, Arboretum exhibition and project planning information.

Required Qualifications:
The successful candidate must possess a bachelor's level education in English, journalism, public relations, marketing or other related field, and three years of relevant work experience. Additional equivalent work experience may be substituted for degree.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience in areas of brand management, website management, marketing and membership programming a plus. Knowledge of Adobe Suite software highly desirable. Ability to work well independently and as part of a communications team is extremely important. Proven ability to manage projects on a timely basis; strong verbal and written communications skills. Experience in team environment is desirable. Experience in project management is a plus

Work schedule and Pay Rate: $15 per hour. This is a part time temp casual appointment, 14 hours per week; which will include occasional evening and weekend hours as needed.

This position is not eligible for the U of M benefits package.

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


Horticulture Internships: Closed for 2017 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 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.

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