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)

Assistant Gardener - 7 Month Seasonal

The Assistant Gardener position is responsible for maintaining display gardens, research plots and greenhouses at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center located in Chaska, MN.  Schedule will vary.  This position is a full-time  7 - month 100 % Teamster Unit 3 position typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, follow the links below and 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. 

For more information and to APPLY please use the following links:


Or, search for job id 329989

If you are a current employee of our organization please use the following links 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.

Gatehouse Attendant - Part Time Temporary

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. 

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.