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 online TACE application or download and complete an application form and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu unless otherwise noted in job overview.

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

Full Time Opportunites

Part Time Opportunites

Senior Research Plot Technician 9-Month Seasonal

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.  This position is primarily responsible for the apple production orchard but may work with research orchards and small fruit plantings. This position will involve working with research project leaders, scientists and graduate students and is responsible for maintaining open communication between research project and apple production staff.

 Required Knowledge:

Combination of college horticulture education and experience in research plot maintenance and production orchards to equal five years. 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 328829

General Maintenance Supervisor

The position will manage all aspects of facilities operations, deferred maintenance projects, construction, renovation, maintenance and project and facility management at the MLA and Horticultural Research Center (HRC) including all buildings, garden hardscapes, roads, utilities, and other facilities.  This position is also responsible for oversight of planned renovations and emergency repairs and has the responsibility to supervise the repair, maintenance, and upkeep of the MLA facility and equipment.

For more information and to APPLY please use the following link or search for job 331254:


Reservation Specialist
This position is responsible for assisting the Private & Corporate Events Manager with booking and executing facility rentals (weddings, social, & corporate) and event facilitation. This position requires superior customer service with an ability to work with a diverse group of clientele, attention to detail, and a strong knowledge of the Arboretum’s capabilities. This position will include evenings and weeknds as required

For more information and to apply please use the following link and search for job 331901:


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.

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. 

Custodial Assistant

Temporary/Casual Position

This position is responsible for assisting the B&G team with cleaning the Arboretum buildings and facilities and providing event setup and take down of tables, chairs and equipment for group room rentals during the afternoon, evening and weekend hours. Hours will vary from 14-20 per week and can run late into the evening.   This position will respond quickly to a wide variety of guest service, infrastructure and event related issues including A/V problems, spills, requests for furniture, unloading vehicles and related issues.  This is primarily a weekend position but could include weekdays. Team Members will work as scheduled to ensure proper set ups and AV trouble shooting. This position will requires attention to detail, and ability to follow direction quickly & efficiently.

70% Clean buildings and set-up rooms for meetings and events.

  • Clean buildings as needed including sweeping floors, washing windows, emptying trash and recycling, and cleaning up spills and litter.
  • Clean restrooms and keep supplies filled at all time
  • Shovel snow, spread sand or salt and sweep walks and terraces to keep surfaces safe and clean
  • Assist with maintenance of terrace gardens, pools and containers if time allows

30% Event support functions.

  • Review Event Orders (EO’s) at the beginning of each shift to ensure rooms are set as contracted. Confirm and setup A/V equipment needs to contract for the event. Move tables, bring extra chairs, set-up and troubleshoot AV equipment, etc.
  • Respond to requests from the Events Coordinator, Receptionist, Educational Program Managers and others
  • Open rooms for use adjusting lights, sound volumes, and temperature as needed for each room before guests arrive. Alert Reservations Staff if any discrepancies from the actual set up vs the Event Orders.
  • Be in communication with the lead catering staff regarding any special needs including removal of tables from dance floors. Make adjustments as needed and relay pertinent information to the appropriate personnel. Maintain high standards of safety and cleanliness in all areas of the Meeting Rooms & Event Spaces.
  • If no upcoming events, please have rooms in a readiness position for any possible site tours. Ensure that meeting rooms are re-set for next event contract if it is within one to two days of previous event.


  • A MN driver’s license.
  • The position requires, bending down to clean toilets, pick up dirt from floor after sweeping, pick up debris from floor and to lift items that need to be transported from one area to another.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and climb 8-foot ladders.

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

Seasonal Laborer - August - October

Job Description:

100% - Perform maintenance work on display gardens, research plots and buildings at the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center and assist with additional duties as assigned.

·      Weeding, planting, pruning, 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.  

·      Provide assistance with event parking.  Direct traffic flow and direct vehicles where to park within designated parking areas.

·      Assist with seasonal decorating.


·            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. 

Bee Center Receptionist

OVERVIEW: Serve as front line customer service at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, at the Farm at the Arboretum.  All regularly scheduled work shifts are weekdays.  Occasional weekend and/or evening hours for special events may be available. Typically 3-5 days per week during peak season and 1-2 days per week during non-peak season.

100% Staff the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center on Weekdays

Provide exemplary customer service to all Arboretum visitors, members, staff and guests and answer basic questions about pollinators
Enforce Arboretum and University policies in a professional and friendly manner
Remain visible to clients and staff and/or maintain radio communication when you are not visible to the clients and staff
Improve the Visitor perception of the Arboretum by tidying spaces that are visible to the public , removing outdated materials and answering informational questions
Know and follow protocol for basic issues, first aid and emergencies in the building
Perform clerical tasks as assigned


Experience providing in-person positive customer service
Willingness to learn about pollinators, gardening, farming, cooking
Willingness to be welcoming to all visitors
Experience working as part of a team
Ability to work a flexible year round schedule
Successful completion of a background check


Interest in serving Arboretum visitors
Knowledge of one or more topics including pollinators, gardening, farming, cooking

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

Gatehouse Attendant - Part Time Temporary

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. 

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.