Employment Opportunities

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. The Arboretum is located approximately 30 miles west of the Twin Cities Campus along Hwy 5, just west of the City of Chanhassen. The Arboretum consists of over 1100 acres of trees, shrubs, plants; the Oswald Visitor Center, Snyder Building Education Center, Horticultural Research Center and other facilities, gardens, displays, exhibits and model landscapes.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum strives to provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, services, gardens, operations and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

We recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching experience of our employees, donors, members, volunteers and visitors and in supporting the Arboretum mission. 

We are committed to attracting and engaging employees, members, donors, volunteers and visitors with varying identities and backgrounds. As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, we are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourage 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.

To apply for temporary and casual opportunities (TACE) please complete a TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.

CURRENT OPENINGS (click on links to page down to listing)

Senior Research Plot Technician

The MN Landscape Arboretum is seeking a Sr. Research Plot Techincian to support the research team at the Horticultural Research Center. This position has the responsibility for coordinating and leading production orchards, planning and executing pest management in production and research plantings. This position is primarily responsible for planting, training, maintenance and harvest of the fruit crops at the Horticultural Research Center. The work will primarily be with the apple production orchard but may work with research orchards and small fruit plantings. Successful candidates will be able to work with research project leaders, scientists and graduate students and maintain open communication between research project and apple production staff.

For more information and to APPLY please use the following link: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/328829 (or search for job id 328829).

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 Job Applications" page and uploading documents there. 

If you are a current employee of the University please use the following link instead:


Cartographer/ Plant Recorder

This position is responsible for cataloging and mapping the Arboretum plant collections, gardens and grounds; assisting the Curator with managing the plant records database; data collection and mapping of new projects; assisting Arboretum staff with the production of maps and collections related data.

Required Qualifications: 

B.S. in Horticultural Science, Natural Resources, Forestry, Geographic Information Systems and 2 years experience or a combination of equivalent education and experience to equal six years.  Experience using AutoCAD, ESRI ArcMap and Microsoft Access.
Experience with GPS data collection and data manipulation.
Knowledge of plants and plant identification.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Knowledge of traditional field survey techniques and use of field survey equipment.
Experience with curatorial work at an arboretum or botanical garden.

For more information and to apply please go to https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/329087 (or search job id 329087). 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 Job Applications" page and uploading documents there. 

If you are a current employee of the University of MN please use the following link instead:



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.

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

Bring a seven week, hands-on plant science and nutrition program curriculum to life 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 a garden setting. You will learn, adapt, and apply best practice teaching methods for engaging young people with plants.  

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

Prepare for and teach assigned portions of the curriculum. Set the stage for safe, supportive learning experiences in the garden 
Gather and prepare supplies, posters, and consumables for each week’s lesson. Work with partner organizations to coordinate garden programs that fit their needs
Be a part of a team, working with colleagues and volunteers to organize and present the program
Special projects as assigned

20%   Document and Share program Activities

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


Demonstrated knowledge, passion, and interest in plants
Teaching experience in classroom and/or outdoor settings
Successful completion of a background check
Drivers license 


2 or more years teaching in outdoor education or informal education  
Coursework and/or work experience related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education or related field
Experience working in community partnerships


Start Date:  Mid April
Training and additional work days: TBD 
Regular summer schedule:  TBD 32 hours/wk M-Thursday
End Date:  Oct. 31, 2019
Total hours for this position: 256  

Specific workday schedule to be determined between the supervisor and candidate.   Responsibilities and work schedule are subject to change.


Pay range: $14-$17/hour/dependent on qualifications

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

 Growing Good Gardener (position based in Minneapolis)        

Share and apply your horticulture expertise to grow exceptional gardens that serve as teaching spaces in Minneapolis and St.Paul. The Growing Good Gardener will coordinate with program leaders to prepare, maintain, and provide the highest level of garden care and plant material needed for programs.

80% Garden Maintenance: 

  • Maintain Arboretum quality gardens at 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 Growing Good team to determine weekly and seasonal priorities, projects and resources.

20%  Plant/garden resource for Growing Good Team and Community  

  • Work with community partners, children’s garden in residence team, and the Growing Good Leadership team to provide resources and support for programming.


One year garden management experience
Post-secondary degree or significant coursework in horticulture
Extensive knowledge of vegetable and ornamental annual plants well adapted to Twin Cities area climate
Successful completion of background check
Drivers license


Established network of contacts with local greenhouse and garden supply industry
Experience working in diverse cultural settings


Start Date:  Mid April
April 15-May 1st:  16 hours/week
May 1st-August 15:  32 hours/week
August 15-October 31st:  13 hours/week
End Date:  October 31st, 2019
Total Hours: 516 (not to exceed 67 days)
Specific hours/days  to be determined by Growing Good Team.


Pay: $14-$18/dependent on qualifications

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

Growing Good Youth Team Facilitator (Position Based in Minneapolis)

 The Growing Good facilitator supports a team of young people as they take on a summer garden-based project. The facilitator will be part of a diverse cohort of leaders that will be dedicated to planning and presenting innovative, community oriented, plant-based, twenty first century job experiences. 


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. 
  • Lead a team of youth for all scheduled work days.  

33% Planning, Coordination, Documentation, Partnership and Relationship Building: 

  • Attend weekly team meetings with Growing Good team, and check-in meetings with Growing Good coordinator as needed.
  • Responsible for keeping track of program expenses.  
  • Cultivate camaraderie, new and existing relationships, positive participation, youth voice, and achievement for the team and each of its members.
  • Produce a summer journal with photos, records, reflection, surveys, documenting successes of the team.


Passion, skill and experience working with teenagers or youth in formal and/or non-formal education setting
Successful completion of background check
Drivers license 


Experience and interest in plants
Understanding of social media platforms
Experience working in diverse urban communities
Entrepreneurial experience in areas such as marketing, customer service, quality control, invoicing
College coursework in horticulture, education, youth development correlated field


Start Date: April 15th, 2019
Training and additional work days: TBD
Regular summer schedule: TBD 24-40 hours/wk. 
End Date:  October 31, 2019
Special Projects:  up to 16 hours/week May 5-October 31 (as assigned).
Total hours for this position:  Not to exceed 240 hours (10 weeks, 24 hours/week) 


$14.00-$17.00 an hour/dependent on qualifications

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

Garden Event Attendant - Part Time Temporary

This position is responsible for providing services to clients, conveying information to Arboretum staff, and providing on-site coordination of activities during event.

Good customer skills and ability to problem solve quickly

Coordinate all details of wedding ceremonies, receptions and groom’s dinners in accordance with Arboretum policies.  Review all pertinent information regarding event including but not limited to:

  • Start time of event
  • Facility usage
  • Number of attendees
  • Special needs/stands/chairs
  • Catering update  
  • Additional services required – parking attendants, table set-up requirements, decorations, shuttle bus and etc.
  • Vendor  deliveries and pick up
  • Convey changes that occur because of inclement weather, family requests or facility problems to appropriate staff (i.e. Visitor Services, Catering, Lobby Desk, and Grounds)
  • Ensure the gardens are cleaned up following ceremonies
  • Arrive one hour prior to wedding to place signage, introduce self to contact person and remain at the wedding site until all guests have vacated the venue
  • Meet with Reservation Supervisor for details of schedules, procedures and updates and attend on going training
  • Act as site coordinator during event/Dress code required/ Fill out post event report.

Hours/days of week:  Hours will be determined by the Events and Exhibits Manager. Hours will include evenings and weekends May-October.

To apply, please complete a  TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.


This position will begin in mid-July and continue beyond the end of the summer.

90% Greet Guests and Collect Admission Fees

  • Greet guests
  • Provide information to them about MN Landscape Arboretum and Hort. Research Center
  • Collect admission fees
  • Promote and sell memberships to non-member visitors
  • Ring transactions on cash register and provide appropriate change to customer

10% Miscellaneous Job Duties

  • Verify and prepare daily cash settlements and reconcilements
  • Prepare daily cash attendance records including member visits, paying guests, non-paying guests, discount tickets, group attendance, weather conditions and over/shorts
  • Assist with set up and take down of chairs and tables for ceremonies and Music in the Gardens

Must be 16 years of age or older
Cash handling experience
Must be able to follow oral and written instructions
Must be able to work with minimum amount of supervision
Able to read, write, and understand English language
Interpersonal skills
Ability to stand up for 4 hours continuously
Ability to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekends

To apply, please complete a  TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu. 

Security Patrol – Part Time Seasonal

The Security Patrol provides support for the safety and security of Arboretum guests; provides information to Arboretum guests in the gardens and ensures that visitors do not damage exhibits, displays or objects through misuse and reports any visible damage to the supervisor on duty.  Days will be Saturdays and Sundays with a few exceptions for covering vacations and signature events.  The position will run from May 1 to October 31 with the potential to be renewed each year.  Hours will be mainly afternoon and evenings.


90% Provide Security for the Arboretum and its Visitors, Staff, Buildings, Exhibits, Displays and Objects

  • Protect guests, exhibits, displays and objects by politely enforcing Arboretum policies including those regarding climbing on exhibits, sculptures, waterfalls and associated hazardous areas
  • Monitor traffic on 3-Mile Drive and parking areas
  • Patrol exhibit, display gardens, trails and plant collections at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum via patrol cart or on foot; be visible to guests and ready to provide information on locations of exhibits, restrooms, classes, gardens, picnic areas and related items
  • Be the first to respond to any injury or accident that occurs on Arboretum grounds. File any injury or vehicle accident reports as necessary
  •  Be informed of times and locations of tours, special programs and events
  •  Respond to weather, fire, accidents, infrastructure problems, traffic, guest problems, illegal activities or other emergency situations
  • Inspect buildings and grounds for irregularities such as fire or potential fire hazards, water or gas leaks and unauthorized persons in an area
  • Closes doors and windows left open, turns off lights inadvertently left on
  • Controls access to activity centers such as libraries and research centers
  • May check credentials of person desiring access to an activity
  • Irregular/Special Occasion Tasks
  • Performs special security related duties as assigned.
  • Patrols outlying areas on ATV or snowmobile
  • Locks down all buildings and gates and insures all guests have exited at closing

10% Reporting and Administration

  • Reports all irregularities needing correction such as hazardous fire conditions, hazards to the public
  • Files all injury and accident reports in a timely manner
  • Evaluate the security needs of the Arboretum; develop and grow the security program.


  • High School diploma/GED
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check
  • Previous experience in security in a public setting
  • Current CPR, First Aid and Defibrillator
  • Must have good customer service skills and the ability to interact with guests of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic groups.
  • Requires the ability to stand for up to 4 hours on a continuous basis. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings


  • Familiarity with Landscape Arboretum programs, grounds and buildings.
  • Previous experience in security at an Arboretum, Botanical Garden, Nature Center, Museum, or Educational Facility
  • Previous training or coursework as security or peace officer or law enforcement or military equivalent training

To apply, please complete a TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu. 

Seasonal Laborer - Temporary

Job Description:
100% - Perform maintenance work on display gardens, research plots and buildings at the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center.
•    Weeding, planting, pruning, weeding, removing brush, watering, spreading mulch, fertilizer, utilizing various types of garden and landscaping equipment such as pruners, shears, trees saws, shovels, pitchforks, ladders, cherry pickers
•    Operate various types of engine-driven equipment such power rakes, small tractors, and utility carts.
•    Pick up trash and debris; cleaning buildings, moving furniture, etc.
•     Loading and unloading trucks. 

•    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. 
•    Must be at least 18 years old. 

To apply, please complete a  TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu. 


Interpretive Tram Specialist - Temporary Position: Spring - Fall 2019 

As part of the Education Department and the public face of the Arboretum, the Interpretive Tram Specialist drives and narrates a one-hour tram ride for ticketed guests.   For many guests, the tram ride is a first introduction to the Arboretum.  It is important for the Interpretive Tram Specialist to provide an enjoyable, informative experience that conveys the Arboretum’s work and all the Arboretum offers in a way that encourages visitors to explore further after their ride, and to return in the future. The duties of this front-line interpretive staff position include:
*   Perform daily equipment check on Tram, and refuel Tram at end of day
*   Greet ticketed passengers, assist in boarding as needed
*    Maintain a very high level of customer service for all Tram passengers
*    Keep records as required; make comment cards available to visitors
*    Attend and participate in training sessions

REQUIRED:  This position requires a strong interest in and enthusiasm for the Arboretum and its mission, proven superb customer service skills, demonstrated record-keeping experience , and a desire to work outdoors.  Successful applicants must successfully complete Tram Driver training, pass a background check, and will be subject to random drug testing.

*   Public speaking experience
*    A positive outgoing personality including a dose of patience and sense of humor
*    Previous experience operating a Tram
*    Working as part of a team

The tram operates from May 1 to mid-October. Work shifts are weekdays and weekends and are 7 hours in length.   A typical schedule is 2-3 shifts per week for a total of 60 shifts during the season.

Application Information
To apply for this position, send a completed application or cover letter and resume to the Manager of Adult Education Programs, Laura Vogel, via email at lbvogel@umn.edu or drop paperwork off at the Reception Desk in the Arboretum’s Visitor Center.

About the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

As a premier public 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.