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).

Membership Database Specialist

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is seeking a professional, dynamic, high energy and self-motivated database specialist to join the membership team. Responsibilities include Raisers' Edge database knowledge, dashboard/reporting knowledge, new member sales and retention of members as directed by the Membership Manager.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 321676). 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:

Banquet Captains
Banquet Servers
Retail Servers

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

Guest Services Consultant
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.

—Wedding and Special Events Assistant

Title: Wedding and Special Events Assistant   

Supervisor: Private Events Manager

Classification: Temp/Casual


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


  • 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.


No Internship opportunities are available at this time.

Horticulture Internships: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers several three-month internships in Horticulture & Research from approximately early May to late August.

Horticulture Interns will rotate through different garden areas gaining experience in maintenance of display gardens, research collections, and general grounds work. Additional internship activities will include weekly meetings with arboretum staff and or Horticultural Science faculty to discuss collection maintenance, pest management, and other public garden issues not covered in daily work. Students will be assigned discussion topics or readings focusing on current issues facing public gardens. Topics and readings will reflect the interests and work assignments of the interns and will vary from year to year.  Topics such as: invasive plant management, IPM or pesticide use in public areas, maintaining research collections in public areas, may be covered. Additional aspects of public horticulture including the Andersen Horticultural Library, interpretation and exhibits, children's programs, visitor programs and events, plant information and outreach, orientation to specific research activities and projects, hands-on horticultural demonstration and experiences, including off-site field trips or lectures, and other relative experiences will be organized throughout the summer.

Intern stipend is $13.00/hour for a 40-hour work week. Applicants must have their own transportation.  Housing assistance may be available. The Arboretum's extensive library and education classes are available to interns. Interns are expected to join in the activities of the Arboretum, including special events and visitor programs, in order to experience the full spectrum of a public garden.

Application Information: Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture. Qualifications for candidates include gardening or plant maintenance experience and enrollment in or completion of an A.A., B.S., or M.S. degree program in the Life Sciences area (Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, or Life Science Ecology).

Download the internship application.
Interested candidates should forward a personal statement, application form, resume, and official transcript to: 

Laura Boerbon, Human Resources
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318 

Applications for internships will be accepted until positions are filled.

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.