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)

Marketing Project Specialist

We are looking for an experienced marketing project professional who wants to make a profoundly positive difference in our mission to welcome, inform and inspire more new visitors and deepen relationships with existing friends. The Marketing Project Specialist will play a critical role assuring the delivery of cross-functional promotional literature system, marketing programs, projects and collateral for the Arboretum. Work will include copy writing, print/production layout support.  Reporting to the Manager of Marketing Programs, the marketing project specialist is part of the Marketing Programs team and larger Commercial Operations and Guest Services division of the Arboretum. Deliverables include:

  • Work with internal cross Arboretum clients on marketing project and production needs as assigned by the Marketing Program Manager
  • Ensure that all marketing projectson-time, within scope and within budget
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Digital Programs and Communications/PR teams as appropriate
  • Manage, obtain change approvals from project owners and communicate changes in project scope, schedule and costs
  • Measure project performance using appropriate systems, tools and techniques
  • Manage and maintain excellent relationships with clients and all stakeholders
  • Work with third parties/vendors
  • Create and maintain project documentation, provide regular project status reports to Marketing Programs Manager
  • Work cross functionally with Arboretum department staff, the University of Minnesota and third party vendors to assure excellence in project delivery and Arboretum brand standards
  • This role will require some weekend and evening work

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 319619). 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.


IT Manager

The IT Manager will be responsible for providing technology support to Arboretum staff, visitors and customers for the Anderson Horticulture Library, Education Center, Horticultural Research Center and Bee Center. Design, plan and implement information technology plan for the Arboretum; develop and monitor technology budget; maintain and administer the Arboretum computer network. Troubleshoot, upgrade, program and train staff on Audio Visual Systems and design, install and manage cameras, people counters and other technology on the Arboretum grounds. Plan, implement and maintain/upgrade hardware and software systems working with University IT services as needed to successfully complete projects. Stay abreast with technology developments and their impact on the Arboretum; develop, update and maintain technology systems documentation. Provide coaching and training to end users to enable them to use information and technology more efficiently. Provide training on specific programs, including Blackbaud Raisers Edge, Financial Edge organizational database programs, Access, etc. Supervise computer assistant(s) and train assistants on network, PC operations and troubleshooting.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 317654). 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.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 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, we are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


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.


—AppleHouse Temp Casual Appointments 

Now accepting applications at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum AppleHouse! 

Arboretum Apple House Cashier
Arboretum Apple Sorters

Hours are variable, and include early evenings and weekends. 
(Apple House is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Late August through early November.) 

This is a fun, fast-paced opportunity! Cashier, customer service and sales experience preferred. 

Cashier - Duties include cashiering, customer service, stocking apples and gift items, light housekeeping, inventory control, daily sales reconciliation, opening and closing the cash register.

Apple Sorting - Duties may include lifting up to 25 lbs. Sorting on a production line. No experience required. Positive attitude a plus!   

To apply, visit the employment page of our web site at http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/employmentopportunities.aspx
or pick up an application at the Visitor Center Information Desk.

Questions? Contact Patti Mirabelli at (612) 301-7606.

—Late Summer and Fall Seasonal 67-Day Grounds Laborer

  • Perform maintenance work on display gardens, research plots and buildings at the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center\ including weeding, planting, pruning, weeding, 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.
  • Operation of 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.

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Laura Boerbon at lboerbon@umn.edu.


Visitor Services Specialist

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.

67-Day Visitor Service/Information Desk Associates

This position is responsible for assisting the Visitor Services team with greeting guests and collecting admission, promoting and selling equipment rentals and tram admission while providing top quality customer service.             

Job Description:

50% - Greeting Guests and Providing Information for Visitors

  • Greet guest that walks into the McQuinn Great Hall
  • Provide information to visitors about the Arboretum and Research Center
  • Collect money for Admission Fees, tram tickets if necessary
  • Use cash box for transactions
  • Make change for visitors when appropriate
  • Promote & Sell memberships to non-member visitors
  • Snow shoe, walking sticks, tram admission

40% - Communications

  • Answer incoming calls and direct them to appropriate personnel
  • Use radio to locate staff and relay messages
  • Act as dispatch in emergency situations such as severe weather and medical emergencies by calling 911 notify correct staff, get accident forms completed, communicate to gatehouse for emergency vehicles, and monitor radio for situation changes.
  • Ensure promotional signs & video screens are up to date in the McQuinn Great Hall – if they are not – contact the appropriate department to remove
  • Use various sources to keep yourself up to date on that latest news of the Arboretum including the newsletter, the website, & email. 
  • Check Arbinfo email and forward messages to appropriate contacts so they may follow up in a timely manner
  • Check personal University email to ensure you are up to date on recent information and changes
  • Read the Arboretum Newsletter to ensure you are up to date on upcoming events

10% - Provide Office Support

  • Maintain brochure supplies and inform departments when running low
  • Event registration support
  • Assist with projects such as: mailings, compiling packets, etc during slower times

Variable hours to include weekend coverage. Pay rate 13.00 - 15.00 per hour

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Laura Boerbon at lboerbon@umn.edu.


—Bee-Line Shuttle Driver

This position is responsible for duties such as driving the 9  passenger Bee Line Shuttle safely around 3 mile drive or the parking areas and for working as a team to set up & take down chairs and tables for ceremonies, and provide excellent customer service to Arboretum visitors, clients and wedding guests.

Job Description:

95%    Shuttle Driver

  • Drive the 9-passenger Shuttle safely around 3 mile drive or the Parking areas, adhering to posted speed limits.
  • 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 Shuttle.
  • Communicate issues to supervisor and vehicle maintenance staff as needed
5%      Visitor Service Team support

  • Assist with set up & take down chairs and tables for ceremonies
  • Provide Gate house assistance
  • Provide excellent customer service to Arboretum visitors, clients and wedding guests
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Requires the ability to stand or sit for up to 4 hours on a continuous basis.
  • Ability to communicate well with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups in a wide variety of situations
Variable hours to include weekend coverage. Pay rate 13.00 - 15.00 per hour.

To apply, please complete a TACE application and email to: Laura Boerbon at lboerbon@umn.edu.

—10-Month Laborer Position

Title: Laborer - Apple Production and Sales

Incumbent: New Position

Supervisor: Leszek Miroslawski

Overview:

This position provides 10 month support for apple production at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This position is a full-time - seasonal (10-month) Teamsters Unit 3 position; typically beginning  February 1st and ending November 30th annually.

Duties

70% -  Assist with the planting and maintenance of apple orchards

• Pruning, planting and tree removal
• Watering and fertilization
• Control weed, insect and disease pests by using pesticides, mechanical and
cultural methods
• Collect weather data and record all pesticide applications
• Mowing and other activities requiring the use of  tractors and other farm    equipment
• Assist with fruit propagation
• Trellis and construction and maintenance

25% - Assist with apple harvest and grading

• Follow safe methods to harvest apples and maintain fruit quality
• Keep records of fruit harvested by block, variety and pack out
• Learn  USDA Grades, safe lifting and food safety procedures for fresh fruit
• Grade  and pack apples for sale
• Provide customer service
• Set up apple house and install signage

5%-  Research Center Operations Support

• Snow plowing
• Clean and repair building and research facilities
• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

• 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 willing to work 5 days per week or less due to weather and availability of funding; including alternate weekends. 

Preferred Qualifications:
• High school graduation and 2 years of related education and/or related experience should provide the necessary background for this work.

This position includes the option to participate in the U of MN benefits package; medical, dental, life, STD/LTD, LTC insurance plans and flexible spending accounts.

Probationary period: 1120 straight-time hours

To apply: Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 319045 or 319049). 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

Overview:

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

Qualifications:

  • 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.


Education Office Assistant

This position is part of the Arboretum Education Registrar work team, and assists the team in accomplishing goals in a fast-paced work environment.  The office assistant requires an interest and ability to interact in a professional/positive manner with the public via phone, email, and in person, and have the ability to juggle multiple tasks. 
 
?Schedule:14 hours per week as scheduled, with flexibility for occasional coverage of office staff when absent or during peak times up to 20 hours per week.  Regular work hours are 3 weekdays per week, 4 ½ hours per day. ?

For more information and to APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 320101). 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.

Youth Education Associate

This position is responsible to teach Summer on-site Children’s Garden and Fieldtrip programming to visiting students; Plan and maintain the Children’s Garden; Plan and develop curriculum and program marketing; Track registration, Recruit, train and mentor volunteers; Develop new programming; Maintain teaching spaces.

Position is part-time, 30 hours/week.

?For more information and to APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 319699). 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.?

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

No Internship opportunities are available at this time.


Horticulture Internships: Closed for 2017 Applications.


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.

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