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.

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

CURRENT OPENINGS:

Urban Garden Youth employment opportunities - click here

Custodial temp positions : 2 Positions available @ $10.50/hr

These positions are responsible for routine building and grounds maintenance and for responding quickly to a wide variety of guest service, infrastructure and event related issues including A/V problems, spills, requests for furniture, unloading vehicles and related issues. This position plays a key role in providing clean and safe buildings and grounds for Arboretum visitors and providing superior visitor service by responding quickly to wide variety of requests. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and climb 8-foot ladders. Must pass background check

To apply please complete a TACE application and reurn to HR Office.

Temp Youth Educator; 1 position

Plantmobile Instructor: Bring all needed supplies and teaching props to the school. Check-in at the front office of the school. Greet the teachers and follow the schedule for the day.  Deliver engaging, one hour, hands-on science lessons. Must pass background check

To apply please complete a TACE application and return to Randy Gage at  gage0020@umn.edu.

Visitor Services Concierge/Information Desk Assistants: 4 positions

This position is responsible for assisting the various Visitor Services areas during the busy spring and summer season. May include weekends, evenings, and holidays as scheduled to enhance our Visitor Experience at the Arboretum.   This position 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's capabilities.

Required Qualifications:

Three years experience in customer service related positions.

  • A MN driver's license.
  • A current CPR, First Aid, and Defibrillator certification will be required within 6 months of your hire.
  • The ability to lift up to 50 pounds, frequent standing, walking, sitting, and climbing ladders up to 6 feet tall.
  • Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and interact cooperatively in a positive and respectful manner with other employees, members and visitors.

Wedding Garden Attendants: 4 positions

This position is responsible for working as a team to set up & take down chairs and tables for wedding ceremonies clients, conveying information to Arboretum staff, providing on-site coordination of activities during event and to 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.

Circulator Drivers: 4 positions

This position is responsible for duties such as driving the 11 passenger circulator safely around 3 mile drive or the parking areas. 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 circulator. 

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.

Gift Store Cashiers: 2 positions

This position is responsible for general cashiering duties, providing superior customer service, light housekeeping of the store, inventory control, daily sales reconciliation, and opening and closing cash register and store

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a background check.

Prefer cash handling experience; customer service and sales experience.

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.

75% Youth Education Program Associate: 1 position

The On-site field trip and Children's Garden Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operation of the on-site field trip program at the MN Landscape Arboretum.  They will coordinate volunteer training and development, field trip program change and improvement, aligning programs with changing standards and curriculum, and serve as model instructor for on-site programs.  During the summer, the coordinator will lead the On-site Children's Garden program including planning, marketing, recruiting volunteers, lesson planning, and instruction.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Horticulture, Botany, Environmental Education, Elementary Education, Agriculture Education, Science Education or other related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years practical experience to include teaching in a classroom or informal setting, education project management, and volunteer coordination.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

All applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota on-line application process located at employment.umn.edu reference requisition # 196869. Please complete the staff application, attach a resume, cover letter and list of references with contact information.

85% Youth Education Program Associate: 1 position

This youth educator position includes teaching duties both on and off site, leadership and facilitation in the Urban Garden program, and some project management.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Horticulture, Botany, Environmental Education, Elementary Education, Agriculture Education, Science Education or other related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years practical experience to include teaching in a classroom or informal setting, education project management, and volunteer coordination.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

All applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota on-line application process located at employment.umn.edu reference requisition #196866 . Please complete the staff application, attach a resume, cover letter and list of references with contact information.

80% Information Technology Specialist: 1 position

This position is a 80% time (32 hours/week, 12 month) AFSCME Unit 7 Technical position, responsible for assisting the Information Technology Manager, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center located in Chanhassen, MN, with information technology user support, information technology systems maintenance and user support for audio/visual applications. In this position, individuals must be able to effectively communicate written and oral technical information to a diverse spectrum of users with widely varying technical skills.

Required Qualifications:

  • One or more years of any combination of relevant post high school computer technical education, training and/or experience.
  • Experience with/knowledge of applicable computing devices; computer software applications and users.
  • Basic computer installation, troubleshooting, and repair skills; installing drives, boards, memory, power supplies, etc. Experience with Windows computers and servers running XP/Win7/Win2kx and installing, configuring and troubleshooting hardware and software including peripherals, backups, imaging and networking.
  • Requires walking, standing and sitting to a significant degree and the carrying of objects.
  • Must pass background check.

All applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota on-line application process located at employment.umn.edu reference requisition #196836. Please complete the staff application and provide a detailed work history.  You may also attach a resume, cover letter, and list of references, but are not required.


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/

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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.

—Horticulture: CLOSED for 2015 Applications. Click here for More Information.

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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