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)

Extension Educator--Horticulture, Vegetable/Fruit Production

This Extension Educator (EE) will focus on vegetable/fruit-based horticulture, serving targeted public audiences along with the statewide "fresh market" industry. Coordination with internal Extension groups such as the consumer horticulture team, State Master Gardener program, and commercial horticulture team are expected. This EE position will provide statewide technical expertise and educational programming leadership for conventional and organic fruit and vegetable production in Minnesota. The EE will design, develop, implement and evaluate research-based educational programming on vegetable/fruit production practices including cultivar selection, season extension, and integrated pest management. The EE will work with producers who are marketing vegetables/fruit through wholesale, farmers markets, CSAs, etc. as well as growing vegetables/fruit for their own consumption.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education: Master's degree in horticulture, plant science, or a related discipline or foreign equivalent
  • Experience: Experience (paid or unpaid) AND/OR educational specialization in fruit and/or vegetable production

TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at: https://z.umn.edu/ExtensionEdHorticulture-VeggieFruitProduction or https://humanresources.umn.edu (search Job ID 318924). Initial Application Deadline is Sept 11, 2017.

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:

Banquet Captains
Banquet Servers
Retail Servers

If interested, email resume directly to Michael Modry at: modry003@umn.edu.

—Wedding and Special Events Assistant

Title: Wedding and Special Events Assistant   

Supervisor: Private Events Manager

Classification: Temp/Casual


This position is responsible for providing services to clients, working with Arboretum Reservation staff, and providing on-site coordination of activities during events.


  • Good customer skills and ability to problem solve quickly
  • Ability to life heavy objects (30 lbs.)

Job Description:

  • Set up and take down directional signs, chairs, tables, and other requested items for all outdoor wedding ceremonies
  • Ensure gardens are cleaned before and after ceremonies
  • Be stationed at the entrance of the garden throughout the ceremony and remain at the wedding site until all guests have vacated the venue
  • Assist the event team in executing event set up and take-down including but not limited to printing and displaying signage, organizing and executing event décor, assisting vendors with their booths, preparing event layout(s) and clean up
  • Assist with onsite event management including but not limited to driving golf carts, providing event information and directions, giving co-workers and volunteers breaks, working information booths and managing activity areas
  • Work with and train event volunteers to ensure there are no gaps in customer service, communication and event behavior expectations
  • Provide superior customer service to all Arboretum visitors
  • Meet with Private Events Manger for details of schedules, procedures and updates and attend on-board training

Hours/Days of Week:
 Hours will be determined by the Private Events Manager. Hours will include evenings and weekends May-October.

Rate of Pay: 
$13.00 -15.00 per hour

General Behavior Statements

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has the following expectations of all employees in the areas of problem solving, initiative, planning/organizational skills, interpersonal skills, attendance/punctuality and orderliness.

Employees are expected to:

  • Identify problems in a timely and efficient manner and offer practical solutions to problems whenever possible
  • Consider the effects of decisions made prior to making decision
  • Offer suggestions in ways to increase efficiency and productivity
  • Make appropriate decisions about when to act independently and when to consult with others
  • Use resources wisely, schedule work effectively
  • Share information in a courteous manner with other employees to ensure a knowledgeable, efficient, cohesive work force
  • Provide information to visitors in a courteous and friendly manner
  • Offer help to coworkers when own workload permits
  • Arrive for work as scheduled so as to not disrupt, delay or cause additional work for coworkers
  • Give proper notification to supervisor of scheduled absences
  • Keep work area appropriately presentable to the public
  • Return shared equipment/supplies to proper storage area after use or at end of day in ready-to-use condition
  • Treat coworkers with respect and consideration

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Laura Boerbon at lboerbon@umn.edu.

Bee Line Shuttle Driver

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 Gate house assistance
  • Provide excellent customer service to Arboretum visitors, clients and wedding guests
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 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

Temp/Casual Position: $13-$15 per hour. Hours will include weekends and will be 14 hours per week or less.

*** This job description describing the current responsibilities of this position is subject to change.

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Laura Boerbon at lboerbon@umn.edu.


Building and Grounds Worker

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is seeking candidates for the position of Building and Grounds worker. This position is responsible for cleaning the Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center buildings and providing setup and take down of tables, chairs and equipment for group room rentals.

To Apply:
Applications must be submitted online at http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs. To be considered for this position search for job id 321649, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.


Library Assistant 2

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is seeking candidates for the position of Library Assistant 2. This position is covered by the AFSCME Technical Bargaining Unit. Dues or Fair share deductions will be made.

Hourly Salary Range: $15.29 - $25.22 (DOQ)

** This is a 50% (20hrs/wk) continuing position. **

The primary functions of this 50% position are to provide reference service, manage the serials collection, maintain the Library’s website, manage the library’s physical space, and work with volunteers. Work Days: Tuesday, Friday & one Saturday every other pay period.

To Apply:
Go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 322500). To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.

Event Services Concierge

This position is a Casual appointment (67 day appointment) responsible for assisting the various Visitor Service areas on weekends, evening, and holiday as scheduled to enhance our visitor experience at the Arboretum and assist the Private Events Manager/Reservations Office/Events & Exhibits areas. This position will require 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.

Job Description

Represent the Arboretum on Weekends, Evenings, and Holidays as scheduled

  • Provide exemplary customer service to all Arboretum visitors, members, staff, and guest
  • Enforce Arboretum & University policies in a professional and friendly manner
  • Remain visible to clients and staff and/or maintain radio communication when you are not visible to the clients and staff
  • Work with Arboretum clients on site to ensure a positive meeting, event, and wedding experience
  • Assist rental groups by greeting the contact upon arrival and providing assistance in facilitating their requests
  • Respond to requests for set up and troubleshooting of audio visual needs for meetings and events
  • Work with Security and Grounds staff to ensure proper policies are enforced in a respectful manner
  • Assist Custodians, Event Set-Up Team and Catering Staff with last minute room set up changes
  • Traffic and parking control
  • Other duties as assigned

Hours/Days of Week

Hours will be determined by the Private Events Manager. Hours will include evenings and weekends, mainly Sunday during the day, May-October.

Rate of Pay

$13.00 -15.00 per hour

Required Qualifications

  • Two years in a customer service related position
  • A current CPR, First Aid, and Defibrillator certification will be required within 6 months of your hire
  • The ability to lift 30 pounds, frequent standing, walking, and sitting
  • Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experiences
  • Demonstrate ability to work and interact cooperatively in a positive and respectful manner with other employees, members, and visitors.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working at a public garden, park, outdoor venue, or related facility especially involving working with large numbers of visitors and a diverse group of employees and volunteers.
  • Experience working with wedding reception
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds, buildings, facilities, and programs including building automation, lighting programming, and security systems.

*** This job description describing the current responsibilities of this position is subject to change.

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Laura Boerbon at lboerbon@umn.edu.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist - Full Time

The Arboretum is seeking an IPM Specialist responsible for coordinating and applying, conducting research, and developing educational programs for integrated pest management (IPM) at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that uses regular monitoring and recordkeeping to determine if and when treatments are needed. It employs a combination of strategies and practices to keep pest numbers below established treatment threshold levels. Pesticides are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and non-target organisms, and the environment.

Required Qualifications

BA/BS Horticulture or Biological Sciences plus 3 years experience. Some experience may substitute for education.

To Apply

Go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 323736). 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.

Master Gardener Coordinator (Isanti County)

University of Minnesota Extension is recruiting candidates for a 39% time Master Gardener Coordinator Position in Isanti 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 on-line and to access the complete job description go to: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (Job ID: 323395) Review of applications will begin the week of May 14; the position will remain open until filled.


No Internship opportunities are available at this time.

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.