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)

67-day Building and Grounds Team Support

This position is responsible for assembling and caring for one to two exhibits of the Bruce Munro "Winter Light at the Arboretum" exhibition. This position is also responsible for attending (with one other person per night) to the cleanliness and maintenance of 9 bathrooms, lobby areas and hall. This will require a person who is detail oriented and may need a small amount of mechanical thinking and willl be in contact with the public on a moderate basis. Position hours and days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from approximately 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm, November 13th, 2016 through April 2nd, 2017.

65% - Clean, maintain and storage of exhibit and areas where the public is allowed within the Snyder Building and Oswald Visitors Center.

30% - Set up and tear down of exhibit on a nightly basis.

5% - Other duties as needed.

Additional Information: Some Tables weigh 35 pounds each, others as much as 60 pounds each, and full garbage bags usually weigh around 50 pounds each. The positional worker must be able to perform these job functions without the aid of another person as the positional worker may be working by his or her self after the building is closed for the day.

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


Youth Team Facilitator Growing Good Urban Garden Youth Employment (position based in Minneapolis)   

Supervisor: Manager of Youth Education     

Classification: 001 Temporary Casual

Overview:

The Growing Good Facilitator supports a team of teenagers as they take on a summer, garden-based challenge.  The facilitator is responsible for planning, supporting, and leading a garden based work experience that develops key identified entrepreneurial, horticultural, leadership, and communication skills, through a garden based challenge. The Facilitator will be part of a diverse cohort of leaders, dedicated to planning and presenting innovative, urban, plant-based, youth development experiences.

Job Description:

66% Direct Facilitation of Youth Team Work Days:  

  • Create/Facilitate lesson plans, activities, and experiences that build leadership, communication, entrepreneurial, and horticultural skills through different mediums.
  • Direct supervisor/team leader for all scheduled work days.  

33% Planning, Coordination, Documentation, partnership and relationship building:

  • Document the success, and impacts of the team.
  • Attend weekly check in meetings with Manager of Youth Education and the Urban Garden Leadership Team.
  • Cultivate camaraderie, new and existing relationships, positive participation, youth voice, and achievement for the team and each of it's members.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working with teenagers or youth in formal and/or non-formal education setting.
  • College Coursework in Horticulture, Education, Youth Development or related area.
  • Successful Completion of mandatory Background Check.
  • Drivers license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion, skill, interest, and experience with growing plants.
  • Understanding of social media platforms.
  • Experience working in diverse urban communities.
  • Entrepreneurial experience in areas such as marketing, customer service, quality control, invoicing.

Work Schedule:

  • Start Date: May 5, 2017
  • End Date: October 31, 2017
  • Facilitator Training Days: May 13th & June 12-15th
  • Youth orientation: June 17th
  • Special Events: Open house August 10th, 2017
  • Regular Summer Work: June 19-August 11th. Set days assigned upon hiring
  • Special Projects:  Up to 16 hours/week May 5-October 31 (as assigned)
  • No Work: July 3rd & 4th
  • Total hours for this position: Not to exceed 240 hours (10 weeks, 24 hours/week)

This is a Temporary Casual position located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  

Pay Range and Application Information:

$12.00-$16.00 an hour.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and references to: Urban Garden Planning Team. Karen DePratto beamo003@umn.edu.

For more information, go to http://arboretum.umn.edu/urbangardenyouthemployment.aspx

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


Urban Gardener MN Landscape Arboretum Urban Garden Program (position based in Minneapolis)          

Supervisor: Children's Garden in Residence Coordinator          

Classification: 001 Temporary Casual

Overview:

Share and apply your horticulture expertise to grow exceptional gardens that serve as teaching spaces for the Arboretum's youth outreach garden program. The Urban Gardener will coordinate with program leaders to prepare, maintain, and provide the highest level of garden care and plant material required for all Urban Garden programming.

Job Description:

80% Garden Maintenance:
  • Maintain Arboretum quality urban gardens at 5 community partner sites, including site preparation, plant acquisition, purchasing supplies, weeding, watering throughout the growing season, planting crops to fit with lesson plans, and succession planting as needed to maintain a beautiful, lush, productive garden throughout the growing season.
  • Work with Urban Garden team to determine weekly and seasonal priorities, projects and resources.
  • 20%  Plant/garden resource for Urban Garden Team and Community 
20% Plant/Garden Resource for Urban Garden Team and Community:
  • Work with community partners, children's garden in residence team, and the Urban Garden Leadership team to provide resource and support for Urban Garden programming.
Required Qualifications:
  • One year extensive garden management experience
  • Post-secondary degree or significant coursework in horticulture
  • Extensive knowledge of vegetable and ornamental annual plants well adapted to Minneapolis area climate
  • Successful completion of mandatory background check
  • Driver's License
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Established network of contacts with local greenhouse and garden supply industry
  • Experience working in diverse cultural settings
Work Schedule:
  • Start Date: April 14, 2017
  • April 14-May 1st: 16 hours/week
  • May 1st-August 15: 32 hours/week
  • August 15-October 15: 16 hours/week
  • End Date: October 15, 2017
  • Total Hours: 516 (not to exceed 67 days)
Specific hours/days  to be determined by Urban Garden Team.

Pay and Application Information:
$12.00-$16.00 an hour

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Karen DePratto at beamo003@umn.edu.


**Please note job description detailing current responsibilities is subject to change.**

—CityFresh New Products Team Facilitator and Special Projects

Supervisor:  Manager of Youth Education                    

Classification:  001 Temporary Casual

Overview:

CityFresh New Products is one of 7 youth work teams that comprise the Arboretum's Urban Garden youth employment program (Growing Good).  The Facilitator's primary role is to provide leadership and direction for a team of 6 youth who are challenged to take a new product idea and bring it to market.  The Team will create and implement a business plan that will move the product from idea to market.  Along the way, the team will engage with community professionals to establish partnerships and learn needed skills.  The facilitator will help guide the work of the youth, provide learning experiences, seek out training support as needed, and help to identify and amplify authentic voice and creative communication.  This Job will also work on special projects as assigned by the Manager of Youth Education.

Job Description:

40% Direct Facilitation of Youth Team Work Days:  Be the adult facilitator and direct supervisor for the team on each scheduled work day.  Foster camaraderie, positive participation, and achievement for the team and each of it's members.

20% Planning, Coordination, Documentation: Create lesson plans, activities, and experiences that build communication skills through different mediums and align to entrepreneurial education standards.  Document the success, and impacts of the CityFresh New Products team. Attend weekly check in meetings with Manager of Youth Education and the Urban Garden Facilitator Team.

40% Special Projects as assigned:  Work with Manager of Youth education and Director of Communications on special projects related to the Urban Garden Program Summer 2016.

Required Qualifications:

This position requires strong interest, knowledge, passion and experience working with teenagers in a garden setting. Also helpful for this position is an infectious, positive attitude, an appropriate sense of humor, a measure of patience, and a love of growing plants, science, and entrepreneurial attitude.

  • Experience working with teenagers
  • College Coursework in Horticulture, Education, Youth Development or related area.
  • Successful Completion of mandatory Background Check
  • Drivers license
  • Entrepreneurial experience in areas such as marketing, customer service, quality control, invoicing, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of social media platforms  (facebook, tumbler, instagram)
  • Experience working in diverse cultural settings
  • Experience and skill with growing vegetables

Work Schedule:

  • Start Date: May 5, 2017
  • End Date: October 31, 2017
  • Facilitator Training Days: May 13th & June 12-15th
  • Youth orientation: June 17th
  • Special Events: Open house August 10th, 2017
  • Regular Summer Work Schedule New Products Team: June 19-August 11th. Cityfresh Products Wednesdays & Fridays 8:30-4, Thursday Facilitator meeting 4-6 (plus up to 7.5 hrs/wk prep) 
  • Special Projects: Up to 16 hours/week May 2-October 31 (as assigned)
  • No Work: July 3rd & 4th
  • Total hours for this position: Not to exceed 400 hours (10 weeks, 40 hours/week)

This is a Temporary Casual position located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  

Pay Range and Application Information

$12.00-$16.00 an hour.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and  references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, ? Karen DePratto beamo003@umn.edu

For more information, go to http://arboretum.umn.edu/urbangardenyouthemployment.aspx

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


Children's Garden in Residence Instructor (Position Based in Minneapolis)

Supervisor:  Children's Garden in Residence Coordinator                   

Classification: 001 Temporary Casual

Overview:

Bring a seven week, hands-on plant science program curriculum to life in the garden at community partner sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The CGR Instructor will be an essential part of a team of educators, dedicated to providing innovative hands-on science experiences for children in the garden. You will learn, adapt, and apply best practice teaching methods for engaging young people with plants.  Specific responsibilities include:

80%    Instructor Prepare Plan and Teach Children's Garden in Residence Program:

  • Prepare for and teach assigned portions of the curriculum.
  • Gather and prepare all supplies, posters, and consumables for each week's lesson.
  • Work with partner organizations to coordinate garden programs that fit their needs.
  • Work with co-workers, and volunteers to organize and present the program.
  • Set the stage for safe, supportive, hands-on science, learning experiences in the garden.
  • Special projects as assigned

20%   Document and Share program Activities

  • Participate in weekly urban garden leader meetings.
  • Produce a summer journal with photos, records, and reflection, and documentation of  the summer garden experience.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge, passion, and interest in plants.
  • Teaching experience in classroom and/or outdoor settings.
  • Coursework and/or work experience related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education or related field.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 or more years teaching in outdoor education or informal education.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, horticulture, natural sciences or related field.
  • Experience with leading a team.
  • Experience working in community partnerships.

Work Schedule and Commitment:

  • Start Date:  May 5th, 2017
  • Training: May 13th.  Others TBD
  • Regular summer schedule:  June 14- August 6.  32 hours/wk. 4 days per week
  • End Date:   Oct. 31, 2017
  • 256 Total Hours
  • Specific work day schedule to be determined between supervisor and candidate.   Responsibilities and work schedule are subject to change.

Pay Range and Application Information

$12.00-$16.00 an hour.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and  references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, ? Karen DePratto beamo003@umn.edu

For more information, go to http://arboretum.umn.edu/urbangardenyouthemployment.aspx.


Membership Sales Assistant: Munro Exhibit

This position is responsible to provide excellent customer service, increasing Arboretum membership sales, supporting initiatives to expand membership while providing top quality customer service during the Bruce Munro "Winter Light at the Arboretum" exhibition and will evening and weekend hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights between from approximately November 13th, 2016 through April 2nd, 2017.

80%    Acquisition and Sales

  • Onsite sales of new, gift, renewal and donor level memberships.
  • Greet visitors and members, present information on daily events, seasonal exhibitions, and benefits of membership.
  • Scan daily room rental schedule for purpose of making sales pitch and distributing discount coupons in coordination with Facility Rental.
  • Processing membership applications and updating constituent records.

15%    Processing and Customer Service

  • Responding to queries and requests (phone/email).
5%      Other
  • Keep current on emails and staff communications, attend pertinent staff meetings

To apply, please complete a TACE application and note membership sales or email to: Laura Boerbon lboerbon@umn.edu.


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:

- Cooks (Job Requisition 313439)

- Attendants / Dishwashers (Job Requisition 313498)

- Cashiers (Job Requisition 313497)

- Food Service Workers (Job Requisition 313495)

If interested, please search the above requisitions numbers at the following job site: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs or email resume directly to Michael Modry at: modry003@umn.edu.


67-Day On-Call Snow Shoveling Help

This position is responsible keeping the walkways and display areas clear of snow/ice. Duties include: shoveling snow in assigned areas; salt /sand application to walk ways, entry ways and parking lots to ensure safe environment for MLA visitors.   Position hours  5-15 hours per week. May include evenings. Pay rate $13-$15/hour.

Required Qualifications:

Mmust be able to lift 50 lbs and work outdoors in all weather conditions.

To apply, please complete a TACE application and indicate snow removal. Email, fax or mail to  Laura Boerbon -  lboerbon@umn.edu fax 612.301.7723 or 3675 Arboretum Dive Chaska MN 55318.


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

See Horticulture Internships below. 


Horticulture Internships: Open for 2017 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 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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