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)


Communications & Public Relations Manager

The Communications and Public Relations Manager will play key role in helping capture increased share of the hearts, minds and imagination of local, regional and national consumers on behalf of the Arboretum. Focus is on increasing awareness and engagement through market research, planning, documenting strategy and delivery of communication themes, content and quality across digital/traditional owned, earned and paid channels. 

A core leader within Arboretum Commercial Operations and Guest Services (COGS), and member of the Marketing Leadership team (MLT), this leader and Communications team are charged with reaching and engaging critical internal and external audiences including Arboretum staff, membership and target public audiences. Success will result in increased public visitors, earned revenue, donations, program participation and membership. 

An immediate expectation will be leading the modernization of our digital content, and ongoing readiness of staff to assure excellence in writing for engaging cross consumer segment audiences in both digital and traditional channels. Establishing publication schedules that allow for expert proofreading will ensure scientific accuracy and avoid errors in dates, times locations, etc. This role will work closely and collaboratively with IT, Marketing Programs and Arboretum stake holders to assure alignment, brand standard, dynamic, engaging visual and written copy and adherence to writing guidelines in terms of audience reading level and style that is approved by the Arboretum Director’s Council.

For more information and to APPLY please use the following link: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/328557 (job id 328557). 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: 

https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/int/328557


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:

https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/int/328829


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:

https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/int/329087

 


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

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

WORK SCHEDULE: 

Start Date:  April 15, 2019
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 AND APPLICATION INFORMATION

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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

WORK SCHEDULE:

Start Date:  April 15, 2019
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 AND APPLICATION INFORMATION: 

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. 

JOB DESCRIPTION 

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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

WORK SCHEDULE:

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) 

PAY RANGE AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:

$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


Summer Day Camp Assistant- (Variable Schedule 24-40hrs/week) - Temporary Casual
   

OVERVIEW:
Work with small groups of children creating a positive day camp experience and fun-filled nature-based adventures. Accompany campers on hikes, facilitate camp activities within the Arboretum.  Assist lead instructor with set-up, clean-up and other preparations as needed.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •    Enthusiastically help children participate in camp programming, make friends, and have fun.
  •    Manage behavior issues, paying attention to the social and emotional safety of each child.
  •   Communicate positively and appropriately with parents/adults/volunteers.
  •   Maintain a safe and fun learning environment for campers, following safety procedures and guidelines in medical  or weather emergencies.  (CPR certification preferred.)
  •   Set-up, clean-up and prepare snack as directed.
  •   Communicate with, and support lead instructor
  •   Offer feedback for improvement
  •   Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  Enthusiasm for working with kids using patience & a sense of humor
  •  The desire to work in a natural setting (mix of indoors and outdoors in all weather)
  •   Previous experience working with children in community or education programs
  •   Love of plants and the natural world, and an excitement to inspire that in others
  •   Demonstrated leadership or participation in team or group activities
  •   Class in child development or other training related to working with children and families
  •   Strong organizational and communication skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
•    Bachelor’s degree or college coursework  related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education, or a related field.
•    Teaching experience in classroom and/or outdoor informal setting
•    Additional work experience related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education, or a related field.

WORK SCHEDULE AND COMMITMENT:
•    Start Date:  06/10/19  End Date:8/23/19
•    Summer Schedule: Variable. Some weeks will be full time  M-Th 8:15-4:45 and Fridays 8:40-12:25   Other weeks will be part time M-Th 8:15-1:00 or 12:-4:45 and Fridays 8:30-12:30 (additional hours outside regular hours may be requested)

Total Hours:  325

 APPLICATION INFORMATION:
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to: Summer On-site Youth Education Team, c/o Malia Brandt at leck0012@umn.edu


Summer Day Camp Assistant- (Half Day) - Temporary Casual
   

OVERVIEW:
Work with small groups of children creating a positive day camp experience and fun-filled nature-based adventures. Accompany campers on hikes, facilitate camp activities within the Arboretum.  Assist lead instructor with set-up, clean-up and other preparations as needed.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •    Enthusiastically help children participate in camp programming, make friends, and have fun.
  •    Manage behavior issues, paying attention to the social and emotional safety of each child.
  •   Communicate positively and appropriately with parents/adults/volunteers.
  •   Maintain a safe and fun learning environment for campers, following safety procedures and guidelines in medical  or weather emergencies.  (CPR certification preferred.)
  •   Set-up, clean-up and prepare snack as directed.
  •   Communicate with, and support lead instructor
  •   Offer feedback for improvement
  •   Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  Enthusiasm for working with kids using patience & a sense of humor
  •  The desire to work in a natural setting (mix of indoors and outdoors in all weather)
  •   Previous experience working with children in community or education programs
  •   Love of plants and the natural world, and an excitement to inspire that in others
  •   Demonstrated leadership or participation in team or group activities
  •   Class in child development or other training related to working with children and families
  •   Strong organizational and communication skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
•    Bachelor’s degree or college coursework  related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education, or a related field.
•    Teaching experience in classroom and/or outdoor informal setting
•    Additional work experience related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education, or a related field.

WORK SCHEDULE AND COMMITMENT:
•    Start Date:  06/10/19  End Date:8/23/19
•    Summer Schedule: Must be available M-Th 8:15-1:00 on some weeks and 12:00 - 4:45 pm on others  (additional hours outside regular hours may be requested)

Total Hours:  200

 APPLICATION INFORMATION:
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to: Summer On-site Youth Education Team, c/o Malia Brandt at leck0012@umn.edu


Garden Event Attendant - Part Time Temporary

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

QUALIFICATIONS:
Good customer skills and ability to problem solve quickly

JOB DESCRIPTION:
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.


GATEHOUSE ATTENDANT - Part Time Temporary

RESPONSIBILITIES:
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

QUALIFICATIONS:
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

OVERVIEW

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES
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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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. 


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2019 Horticulture Internships.

Please see http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/internships.aspx for more information and application instructions.


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.