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.

To apply for temporary and casual opportunities (TACE) please complete a TACE application or submit resume and email to: Laura Boerbon at lboerbon@umn.edu.
CURRENT OPENINGS (click on links to page down to listing)


Associate Development Officer 
Corporate Relations/Individual Giving

The Associate Development Officer-Corporate and Individual Relations works to establish and facilitate relationships with a wide range of corporate/business and individual donors. This position will will identify the appropriate approach/giving channel for each potential supporter to present a compelling case for support to the Arboretum.  

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 326251). To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.

Development Officer Individual Giving

Responsible primarily for the independent management of a dynamic portfolio of donors. Work with donors to move them through the donor commitment continuum. Identify unique, donor-specific ways to cultivate and engage donors, culminating in Major Gift solicitation. Support both annual and long-term fundraising goals of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation, securing both annual gifts for operations and capital/endowment gifts for new projects.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 326420). To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.

Gift & Garden Store Assistant Manager

The Gift & Garden Store is the primary location for retail revenue which supports the operations of the Arboretum.  The staff is comprised of 10-15 front-line employees, depending on the season, and six volunteers along with a management team.  In addition, a second satellite store is open from August thru November and is included in the scope of retail operations. There is a potential for additional pop-up stores in the future. This position is responsible for supervision of all Gift Store staff and volunteers.  This position functions as the point person in the absence of the manager for store operations, merchandising decisions and issues related to buying. This position must be able to collaborate across all Arboretum departments to promote and advance the objectives of the store.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 326451). To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.

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.

 Master Gardener Coordinator (Isanti County)

University of Minnesota Extension is recruiting candidates for a 39% time Master Gardener Coordinator Position in Isanti County. A BA/BS in management or related field with at least 2 years of experience (such as managing volunteer programs and leading teams) or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six (6) years is required. Previous experience as a volunteer coordinator and knowledge or interest in horticulture preferred.

To apply on-line and to access the complete job description go to: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (Job ID: 323395) Review of applications will begin the week of May 14; the position will remain open until filled.

 Apple Picker/Grader

OVERVIEW: This position is responsible for picking, sorting and bagging apples in the Arboretum Applehouse

This is a temporary, seasonal position starting in August and ending in October.   


100 %  Apple Production Support

  • Unload field crates and bulk boxes of apples from trucks
  • Learn and follow Apple House policies and procedures.
  • Sort apples based on size, condition , color and maturity
  • Carefully place apples in bags and boxes for sale
  • Price bags and boxes
  • Correctly label tables and bulk displays
  • Insure that display of merchandise and apples is adequately stocked and presented.
  • Keep apple house and grading area clean and organized
  • Answer customer questions while you are on the sales floor.
  • Remove poor quality apples from sales floor or discount for quick sale
  • Assist with other jobs in the apple house as needed


  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Able to read, write, and understand English language
  • Ability to sort by color
  • Must be able to follow oral and written instructions
  • Able to work in a variety of work environments
  • Ability stand up for 4-6 hours continuously
  • Successful completion of a background check


Pay range $13 - $15 per hour

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

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


No Internship opportunities are available at this time.

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.