Employment Opportunities

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)

Director, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. The MLA is one of the top visitor attractions in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and an important part of the culture, education, and economy of the Twin Cities and the Upper Midwest. It serves a broad audience with more than 400,000 visitors annually and 24,775 members in 2015. The MLA consists of almost 900 acres of unique public gardens including 32 display and specialty gardens, 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails, 48 plant collections, 5,100 taxa of plants, and 8 native and restored natural areas. World class exhibits, events, and innovative natural science and horticultural education inspire individuals of all interests and ages.

The MLA is a distinct budgetary unit. In FY 2015, the MLA had a budget in excess of $10 million, placing it in the top echelon of large public gardens in the United States. In 2015, the Arboretum had a year-round staff of 113 and an additional seasonal staff of 122. This professional staff is supported by an enthusiastic team of more than 900 volunteers annually. The MLA is also home to the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program staff.

A strength of the MLA lies in its close ties to faculty research, teaching, and Extension activities in the Department of Horticultural Science. Faculty within the department have released over 100 cultivars of cold-hardy fruit and landscape plants with support through the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and the MLA. These research programs are unique worldwide in developing fruit and landscape plants suitable for USDA hardiness zones 3 and 4.

Director Responsibilities

• Serves as the chief administrative and executive officer of the MLA
• Possesses leadership vision and ability for long-range planning to build and facilitate growth in public engagement, education and research programs, and staff development
• Provides direct leadership for all aspects of operations, development, research, human resources and finance
• Communicates effectively with staff, faculty, students, University administration, surrounding community stakeholders, donors, and public and private partners
• Interfaces effectively with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation, an official foundation of the University of Minnesota, which is the chief fund-raising organization for Arboretum programs, maintenance, endowment and capital expenditures to guide growth and development
• Fosters diversity within the MLA staff and their constituents

Fundraising and Advocacy:
• In collaboration with the University of Minnesota, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Department of Horticultural Science, advocates for gardens, plant collections, and physical resources of the MLA
• Represents the MLA to public and private stakeholders and visitors to enhance visibility and grow support for new and existing programs and operations
• Sets direction and works in partnership with the advancement director to engage in fundraising efforts including direct donor cultivation and events to grow donor support
• Develops and maintains key relationships with the Arboretum and University Foundations, local, regional, state, federal government and other granting agencies, private foundations and corporate charitable giving organizations
• Supports Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation advisory board members in strategic activities and allocates appropriate staff time to facilitate, train and engage the advisory board in fundraising and advocacy on behalf of the MLA
• Focuses existing resources to raise the funds required to maintain sound operations and facilitate the strategic plan in keeping with the goals of horticultural and organizational sustainability and community outreach and engagement
• Reaches out to strengthen and build engagement across a broad set of constituents with focus on underserved communities
• Serves as a leader in national public garden and museum associations to work collaboratively in elevating the stature of the MLA

Leadership Competencies:
Our search process will include a review and discussion of leadership competencies necessary for this position, specifically in the following areas:
• Inspiring Results - creating a culture of team work, innovation, accountability, high quality and service
• Setting a Vision - establishing and communicating a compelling direction and aligning resources with priorities
• Modeling Integrity - adhering to the highest standards of moral and ethical principles
• Promoting Engagement - building, respecting, supporting, sustaining and retaining high performance individuals and teams
• Boosting Collaboration - effective at engaging diverse individuals and groups, building consensus, valuing diversity and inclusion, influencing others, and problem-solving
• Shaping Accountability - maintaining high standards for self and team, personally demonstrating and fostering a strong culture of accountability

Nature of Appointment:

This position is a twelve-month, academic and administrative appointment as Director. The position reports to the Dean of CFANS. The initial appointment is for three years with subsequent annual reappointment dependent on performance and outcome of regularly conducted administrative reviews. Salary is commensurate with experience and achievement.
Applications must be submitted online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html. Search for job id 307669 . Please note: you will need to expand the search beyond the automatic 30 days to vew this application.

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 1 - 2 page letter of interest that includes a description of your leadership style and a vision statement for the MLA. In addition, a current curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three professional references are requested. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.

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—Bee & Pollinator Center Education Program Coordinator

The relationship of people, plants, and pollinators is fascinating and critical to understand. The Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center is an educational hub that showcases the importance and intricacies of people/plant/pollinator relationships. The education program coordinator's work will be to maximize the center's educational impact by developing and implementing innovative bee and pollinator youth education programs. The coordinator will work with key stakeholders at the Arboretum, the University of Minnesota and the community of people and organizations concerned with pollinator issues to build programs and coordinate building use for multiple stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in horticulture, evolutionary biology, botany, entomology, biology, education, environmental sciences, or related field with at least two (2) years of related experience, or a combination of related education and/or relevant work experience to total six (6) years. A minimum of one (1) year of teaching experience in a formal or non-formal learning environment. Successful completion of background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Beekeeping knowledge/expertise, Demonstrated knowledge of the pollination process, Documented network or association with plant/insect societies and/or professional organizations, Graduate level degree in related field of education or natural sciences.

Applications must be submitted online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html - search for job id 309153.

67-day Building and Grounds Team Support

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 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 to: Laura Boerbon lboerbon@umn.edu.

—7-Month Seasonal Laborer

The Laborer is responsible for assisting the Horticulture staff with maintaining display gardens, research plots and greenhouses at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center located in Chaska, MN. This includes: Perform maintenance work as assigned on display gardens, research plots and buildings at the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center. General grounds maintenance.

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.
Applications must be submitted online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html - search for job id 308549.

—7-Month Seasonal Assistant Gardener

The Assistant Gardener position is responsible for maintaining display gardens, research plots and greenhouses at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center located in Chaska, MN. Schedule will vary. This position is a full-time - seasonal (7-month) Teamsters Unit 3 position; typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually.

Applications must be submitted online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html - search for job id 310351.


—Event Planning Internship | Summer 2016 - Part-Time Unpaid

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is offering a three-month unpaid internship in Event Planning from approximately May 2016 through August/September 2016. This internship will be approximately 15-20 hours per week, including one day in the office and one weekend day each week (typically Saturday).

Internship objectives: provide students with an enriching professional growth experience in event planning; encourage problem solving skills during the planning of a variety of events; give students practical career experience in the event planning industry.

Program includes:
Education - choose from Social Media, Sales, Photography, Event Planning or Other areas of public the reservation/events area.

Create A Moving forward Portfolio - research desired career path; participate in an informal interview; update resume; create mock cover letters; attend networking opportunities

Internship Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist the Reservations & Events Office designing, planning and implementing all aspects of execution for the wide variety of events the Arboretum hosts;
  • Help set up, rooming coordination, and hosting events;
  • Assist the Day-Of Reservations staffer with the management of seasonal events and weekly weddings.

Additional internship activities will include weekly meetings with arboretum staff and meeting with potential clients. Students will be assigned a project to complete during their time at the Arboretum.

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in event planning or the communications sector. Qualifications for candidates include event planning or communications experience and the successful completion of a background check. Successful candidate must also complete necessary Arboretum volunteer forms and comply with Arboretum volunteer standards.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, completed application form, resume and transcript to:

Carissa Pfarr
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Or send an electronic copy to pfarr016@umn.edu

Applications for 2016 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.

Horticulture Internships: CLOSED for 2016 Applications. Click here for More Information.

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.