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)


Chief Development Officer/Development Director

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is seeking candidates for the position of Development Director. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for managing the Development operations and strategy for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum by providing leadership and oversight in all philanthropic fundraising from more than 7,000 Arboretum donors. The CDO provides leadership, planning, implementation, and performance coaching to a team of major gift officers, works in partnership with unit leadership, and collaborates with the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) to provide guidance, support, and direction assistance to this this Development team leader.

This position is responsible for securing significant philanthropic support through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts from various sources including individuals, foundations, corporations, and business. Through leadership of major gifts fundraising, the CDO will enhance and grow the function as s/he manages a team of professional fundraisers to meet fundraising objectives of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The combined yearly fundraising goal is $10,000,000 with $3,000,000 for annual operations, $2,000,000 for new bequest intentions and $5,000,000 major gifts for capital projects. The bequest intentions are planned to grow the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation Endowment from $35,000,000 to $50,000,000. The Chief Development Officer provides leadership for the Arboretum Development team consisting of 4 development officers and 4 professional staff.

For more information and to APPLY, go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 320777) 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 Activities" page and uploading documents there. This position requires that you attach:

  • resume
  • letter of interest indicating how you meet each of the required and preferred qualifications
  • names and contact information for three professional references

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 17, 2017. This position will remain open until filled.

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

Reservations Specialist

This position is a 100% time (12 month) AFSCME Unit 6 position, responsible for assisting the Private Events and Corporate Manager, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum located in Chaska, to manage and achieve the Reservations earned revenue goals. This position is responsible for booking and executing facility rentals (weddings, social, & corporate) and Event facilitation and other potential revenue producing activities. This position will 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.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 320133). 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.


Development Gift Processing and Database Specialist

The incumbent in this position has the responsibility of processing all gifts received from the Arboretum donor base, management of the donor data in Raisers Edge, and overseeing and participating in the arrangement of events for the Development Department of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 320130). 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.


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:

Bartenders
Banquet Captains
Banquet Servers
Retail Servers

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


Visitor Services Specialist
The University of Minnesota Arboretum delights and inspires hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  The Visitor Services Specialist plays a critical role working with the Manager of Visitor Services as well as the Arboretum Facilities Rental and Visitor Services Team to assure development and delivery of world-class service and support throughout the year for our Arboretum members and the general public.  The Visitor Service Specialist is part of the Facilities Rental and Visitor Services team.
For More Information and to APPLY: ?Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 319663). 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.

67-Day Visitor Service/Information Desk Associates
This position is responsible for assisting the Visitor Services team with greeting guests and collecting admission, promoting and selling equipment rentals and tram admission while providing top quality customer service.             

Job Description:

50% - Greeting Guests and Providing Information for Visitors

  • Greet guest that walks into the McQuinn Great Hall
  • Provide information to visitors about the Arboretum and Research Center
  • Collect money for Admission Fees, tram tickets if necessary
  • Use cash box for transactions
  • Make change for visitors when appropriate
  • Promote & Sell memberships to non-member visitors
  • Snow shoe, walking sticks, tram admission

40% - Communications

  • Answer incoming calls and direct them to appropriate personnel
  • Use radio to locate staff and relay messages
  • Act as dispatch in emergency situations such as severe weather and medical emergencies by calling 911 notify correct staff, get accident forms completed, communicate to gatehouse for emergency vehicles, and monitor radio for situation changes.
  • Ensure promotional signs & video screens are up to date in the McQuinn Great Hall – if they are not – contact the appropriate department to remove
  • Use various sources to keep yourself up to date on that latest news of the Arboretum including the newsletter, the website, & email. 
  • Check Arbinfo email and forward messages to appropriate contacts so they may follow up in a timely manner
  • Check personal University email to ensure you are up to date on recent information and changes
  • Read the Arboretum Newsletter to ensure you are up to date on upcoming events

10% - Provide Office Support

  • Maintain brochure supplies and inform departments when running low
  • Event registration support
  • Assist with projects such as: mailings, compiling packets, etc during slower times

Variable hours to include weekend coverage. Pay rate 13.00 - 15.00 per hour

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


—Wedding and Special Events Assistant

Title: Wedding and Special Events Assistant   

Supervisor: Private Events Manager

Classification: Temp/Casual

Overview:

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

Qualifications:

  • 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.


Education Office Assistant
This position is part of the Arboretum Education Registrar work team, and assists the team in accomplishing goals in a fast-paced work environment.  The office assistant requires an interest and ability to interact in a professional/positive manner with the public via phone, email, and in person, and have the ability to juggle multiple tasks. 
 
?Schedule:14 hours per week as scheduled, with flexibility for occasional coverage of office staff when absent or during peak times up to 20 hours per week.  Regular work hours are 3 weekdays per week, 4 ½ hours per day. ?

For more information and to APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 320101). 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.

Youth Education Associate
This position is responsible to teach Summer on-site Children’s Garden and Fieldtrip programming to visiting students; Plan and maintain the Children’s Garden; Plan and develop curriculum and program marketing; Track registration, Recruit, train and mentor volunteers; Develop new programming; Maintain teaching spaces.

Position is part-time, 30 hours/week.

?For more information and to APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 319699). 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.?

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

No Internship opportunities are available at this time.


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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