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.

If you are interested in applying for an occasional temporary position, please download form

Current Openings:

—Landscape Maintenance Supervisor: Full time

This position will supervise the maintenance of the grounds, display gardens and plant collections areas at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center, as well as supervise event set-up and management. This position is responsible for 7 day per week operations of the grounds areas and must make sure that employees are scheduled and jobs are completed that are essential to the long term appearance and condition of the Arboretum grounds plus make sure that areas are attractive and safe for visitors at all times.

For more information or to apply please see the University of Minnesota Employment website. All applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota on-line application process. Complete the U of MN staff application, attach a cover letter, resume and list of contact information for at least 3 references. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

—Information Desk Receptionist: Part Time
Number of positions available:
1  
Hours: all Saturdays (with the exception of one Saturday per month) as scheduled based on the Building Hours.

This temporary/seasonal position is responsible for welcoming visitors & members, act as command central for the Arboretum, and up-sell tram tickets/memberships/snowshoe rentals (when seasonal appropriate) while providing top quality customer service.

To Apply: Interested candidates should forward a completed application to: Lindsay Sypnieski Visitor Services and Events Manager, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318  or lsypnies@umn.edu

Wedding Garden Attendants: Part Time, $10 per hour
Number of positions: 3-4
Schedule: May-October
Start date: May 1

Variable scheduled work hours mainly on Saturdays and sometimes Fridays & Sundays. Days and hours may vary dependent upon events and activities. Schedules are no more than 8 hours in a day but most commonly between 4-5 hours.  This position is responsible 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.

Required 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 for up to 4 hours on a continuous basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate well with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups in a wide variety of situations.
  • Familiarity with Landscape Arboretum programs, grounds and buildings.
  • Previous experience working with weddings

To applySend completed TACE application, resume & cover letter to Lindsay Sypnieski - Visitor Services and Events Manager, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318  or lsypnies@umn.edu.

Circulator Drivers: Part Time, $10 per hour
Number of positions: 4
Schedule: May-October
Start date: May 1

Circulator shift hours are 11am-6pm Saturday & Sundays May-October. Additional days and hours may vary dependent upon events and activities.  This position is responsible for driving the 11 passenger circulator safely around 3 mile drive or the Parking areas, adhering to posted speed limits, greeting 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 circulator, and ability to communicate issues to supervisor and vehicle maintenance staff as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma/GED
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver's license and clean driving record
  • Ability to lift 20-30 lbs
  • Age 19 or older
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check
  • Must have good customer service skills and the ability to interact with guests of all ages.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate well with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups in a wide variety of situations.
  • Familiarity with Landscape Arboretum programs, grounds and buildings.

To apply: Send completed TACE application, resume & cover letter to Lindsay Sypnieski - Visitor Services and Events Manager, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318  or lsypnies@umn.edu.

Employment Opportunities in Urban Garden Program at the MN Landscape Arboretum:

Children's Garden in Residence Lead Instructor: 2 positions  Applications Due march 7
Dig in, get your hands dirty, and be a teacher in an outdoor urban summer garden setting.  The Children’s Garden in Residence instructor will be a part of a team of adults, teen teaching assistants, and volunteers that prepare and deliver engaging hands-on science and growing experience  in the garden.  The instructor team will utilize the Arboretum’s comprehensive 7 week science-based garden curriculum to  bring science learning to life for children at multiple urban garden sites.  For more information.
To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and 1-3 professional letters of reference to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu

Growing For Good-MN - CityFresh Flowers Team Facilitator: 1 Position  Applications due March 7, 2014
Dig in, get your hands dirty, and be a facilitator of a work team of  teenagers. CityFresh Flowers teams grow specialty cut flowers  in the garden, learn floral design skills to create and market fresh flower bouquets to local businesses.  The Flowers Team Facilitator is responsible for leading a work experience that develops youth leadership, speaking, gardening, and job skills through participation in a hands-on entrepreneurial work experience.   Specific facilitated learning experiences for youth through this job experience include developing product lists, pricing products, creating and using invoices, making sales calls, fulfilling orders, providing good customer service, getting new clients.  Horticulture skills include how to plant, water, weed, and fertilize specialty crops and how to harvest for quality fresh flower bouquet delivery.  For more information.
To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and 1-3 professional letters of reference to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu

Growing For Good-MN - CityFresh Veggies Team Facilitator: 1 Position  Applications due March 7, 2014
Dig in, get your hands dirty, and be a facilitator of a work team of  teenagers. CityFresh Veggies teams grow specialty produce in the garden and sell them to local restaurant chefs. The Veggies Team Facilitator is responsible for leading a work experience that develops youth leadership, speaking, gardening, and job skills through participation in a hands-on entrepreneurial work experience.   Specific facilitated learning experiences for youth through this job experience include developing product lists, pricing products, creating and using invoices, making sales calls, fulfilling orders, providing good customer service, getting new clients.  Horticulture skills include how to plant, water, weed, and fertilize specialty crops and how to harvest for quality produce delivery and to encourage future growth.  For more information.
To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and 1-3 professional letters of reference to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu

Growing for Good-MN:  CityFresh Garden Products Southside Team Facilitator: 1 position Applications due March 07.
Dig in, get your hands dirty, and be a facilitator of a work team of urban teenagers. CityFresh New Product teams create, test, produce, and market new garden products.  Garden Product Teams forge partnerships with community businesses and professionals to accomplish the goal of bringing a new product to market by the end of the summer.  The New Product Team Facilitator is responsible for leading a work experience that develops youth leadership, communication, horticulture, and job skills through participation in a hands-on entrepreneurial work experience.   Specific facilitated learning experiences for youth include testing ideas, conducting market research, communicating ideas to potential partners, finding business partners, marketing new product, etc.  For more information.
To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and 1-3 professional letters of reference to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu

Growing For Good MN  Urban Garden Youth Employment (UGYE) Smart Snack Pop Up Garden Project Facilitator Northside Team: 1 position
Dig in, get your hands dirty, and coordinate a summer Growing for Good project in North and South Minneapolis. This year Two Smart Snack Garden Project teams  of urban youth will be installing 3 Smart Snack Gardens (4’diameter big bag gardens) at 16 host institutions in North and South Minneapolis. “Flavor up” Pop up gardens will feature plants that add a nutritious pop of flavor to foods.  These gardens will be installed, maintained, researched, and be the subject of community presentations and education efforts by teams of urban teenagers to spread the message of green seasoning for healthy eating.   For more information.
To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and 1-3 professional letters of reference to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu

Growing For Good MN  Urban Garden Youth Employment (UGYE) Smart Snack Pop Up Garden Project Facilitator Southside Team: 1 position
Dig in, get your hands dirty, and coordinate a summer Growing for Good project in North and South Minneapolis. This year Two Smart Snack Garden Project teams  of urban youth will be installing 3 Smart Snack Gardens (4’diameter big bag gardens) at 16 host institutions in North and South Minneapolis. “Flavor up” Pop up gardens will feature plants that add a nutritious pop of flavor to foods.  These gardens will be installed, maintained, researched, and be the subject of community presentations and education efforts by teams of urban teenagers to spread the message of green seasoning for healthy eating. For more information.

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and 1-3 professional letters of reference to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu

Internship Opportunities

—Horticulture: CLOSED for 2014 Applications.

—Event Planning: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is offering a three-month internship in Event Planning from approximately late January to late May 2014. This internship will be approximately 16 hours a week, including one day in the office and Saturday each week.

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.

Internship responsibilities: 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. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: overhauling wedding information packets; designing better modes of communication between departments; creating more effective planning system.

Application Information: 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. For further information, and to download an internship application, please see the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum website (http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/employmentopportunities.aspx).  Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, application form, resume, official transcript to: Laura Boerbon, Human Resources, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318.  Applications for 2014 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.

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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