Employment Opportunities

The Arboretum offers the following job openings. To  apply, please visit the U of M employment page, click "search postings" and enter the requisition number of the job listed below. Applicants must complete the University's on-line application form and, if required, submit any additional documents listed on the job posting with the application. For further information about open positions, please contact our Human Resources office at 612-301-7724.

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Custodial temp positions : 2 Positions available @ $10.50/hr

These positions are responsible for routine building and grounds maintenance and for responding 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 position plays a key role in providing clean and safe buildings and grounds for Arboretum visitors and providing superior visitor service by responding quickly to wide variety of requests. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and climb 8-foot ladders. Must pass background check

To apply please complete a TACE application and reurn to HR Office.

Temp Youth Educator; 1 position

Plantmobile Instructor: Bring all needed supplies and teaching props to the school. Check-in at the front office of the school. Greet the teachers and follow the schedule for the day.  Deliver engaging, one hour, hands-on science lessons. Must pass background check

To apply please complete a TACE application and return to Randy Gage at  gage0020@umn.edu.

Education Program Assistant

Department: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Supervisor: Ariel Dressler
Appointment: Temp./casual (not to exceed 520 hours annually)
Sundays from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. year round and an additional eight hours per month worked on a flexible schedule to include monthly staff meetings on first Wednesday of the month and program training sessions.

Position Description:

Coordinate delivery of drop-in learning stations by volunteer instructors at the Learning Center, Visitor Center, and in the gardens (1 weekend day/week); lead delivery as needed.  Establish  a warm welcoming atmosphere, maintain supplies and ensure creative delivery of programs to guests of all ages and backgrounds flows smoothly.


  • Coordinate volunteer staffing and delivery of interactive programs and activities on Sundays
  • Attend monthly staff meetings, usually first Wednesday morning of the month
  • Develop and revise program activities as assigned
  • Maintain supplies and records at each activity station
  • Coach, train, and mentor volunteer assistants; troubleshoot as needed
  • Oversee cleanup and restock program areas at end of day

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in education, horticulture, plant science or a related field or the equivalent number of years of practical work experience with plants and/or education (such as active Master Gardener more than two years)
  • Practical experience with growing plants at home or in a business setting
  • Evidence of strong customer service skills such as a welcoming, enthusiastic, engaging style
  • Evidence of strong communication skills and ability to communicate information clearly

Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years teaching experience (either formal or informal)
  • Experience working with children and/or adults in a community setting
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a team setting or with group activities or events
  • Excellent problem solving skills and creativity
  • Ability to work comfortably outdoors in a natural setting, and adapt to weather conditions
  • Patience & a sense of humor

Employment is conditional on completing all paperwork required by human resources, which includes a background check.

Salary: $15.00 per hour
Start Date: May 2015
Cover Letter, Resume, and/or questions can be directed to:
Ariel Dressler
MN Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
Email: dress072@umn.edu

Education Office Specialist

The Education Department is seeking a 75% Education Office Specialist. The Office Specialist will handle the majority of phone calls, in-person and on-line registrations for adult and youth education programs, coordinate program materials, and provide office support for education department teachers and administrators.  For more information and to apply please see the University of Minnesota Employment  webpage located at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and reference Job ID 300528.

Visitor Services Concierge/Information Desk Assistants: 4 positions

This position is responsible for assisting the various Visitor Services areas during the busy spring and summer season. May include weekends, evenings, and holidays as scheduled to enhance our Visitor Experience at the Arboretum.   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.

Required Qualifications:

Three years experience in customer service related positions.

  • A MN driver's license.
  • A current CPR, First Aid, and Defibrillator certification will be required within 6 months of your hire.
  • The ability to lift up to 50 pounds, frequent standing, walking, sitting, and climbing ladders up to 6 feet tall.
  • Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and interact cooperatively in a positive and respectful manner with other employees, members and visitors.

Wedding Garden Attendants: 4 positions

This position is responsible for working as a team to set up & take down chairs and tables for wedding ceremonies clients, conveying information to Arboretum staff, providing on-site coordination of activities during event and to provide excellent customer service to Arboretum visitors, clients and wedding guests.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma/GED.
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver's license.
  • Ability to lift 20-30 lbs.
  • Age 19 or older.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check.
  • Ability to work as a team or individually and follow directions.
  • Must have good customer service skills and the ability to interact with guests of all ages.

Circulator Drivers: 4 positions

This position is responsible for duties such as driving the 11 passenger circulator safely around 3 mile drive or the parking areas. Greet passengers, providing suggestions to visitors on what to see at each stop, maintain a schedule time to minimize waits at each stop, assist visitors in wheelchairs on and off the circulator. 

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma/GED.
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver's license.
  • Ability to lift 20-30 lbs.
  • Age 19 or older.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check.
  • Ability to work as a team or individually and follow directions.
  • Must have good customer service skills and the ability to interact with guests of all ages.

Gift Store Cashiers: 2 positions

This position is responsible for general cashiering duties, providing superior customer service, light housekeeping of the store, inventory control, daily sales reconciliation, and opening and closing cash register and store

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a background check.

Prefer cash handling experience; customer service and sales experience.

Custodial Assistants: 2 positions
This position is responsible for 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 can run late into the evening.  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 and email or mail to Laura Boerbon: lboerbon@umn.edu.

7-Month Seasonal Assistant Garden HRC Apple Project: 1 position

This position is responsible for maintaining apple trees and other fruit plants from greenhouse to research nurseries and orchards at the Horticultural Research Center. This position is a full-time (7 month) represented by Teamsters Bargaining Unit. Dues or Fair Share deductions will be made. Season typically begins April 1st and ends on October 31st annually. Schedule will vary.

Required Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED and one (1) year of related training or experience in commercial gardening/ orchard care, grounds maintenance, and/or greenhouse work.
  • 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. Pesticide applicator's license may be required for some positions.  Must be willing to work 5 days per week or less due to weather and availability of funding; including occasional weekends.
Apply online at: http://employment.umn.edu (search for Requisition # 196648). All applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota on-line application process.

As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Finalists will be expected to address their commitment and experience in working with diverse populations during the interview process. We welcome you to visit our college's Diversity and Inclusion web page at: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/diversity/


No Internships available at this time.

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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 21,000 members, 1,800 volunteers and more than 318,000 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.

Applications for 2014 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.