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)

Events and Exhibit Specialist

The University of Minnesota Arboretum delights and inspires hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The Events and Exhibits Specialist plays a critical role working with the Manager of Signature Events & Exhibits as well as the Arboretum Facilities Rental and Visitor Services Team to assure development and delivery of world class, dynamic special events and related projects throughout the year for our Arboretum members and the general public. The Signature Events and Exhibits Specialist is part of the Facilities Rental and Visitor Services team. For more information and to apply please submit an application on the U of MN employment website http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job id 312005.

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.


Seasonal Apple Graders

Assist apple production team with apple harvest and apple sorting, occasional apple picking, light housekeeping and assist with stocking of Apple House. Must be able to lift 55 lbs, read, write, and understand English language, follow oral and written instructions , have good color vision for sorting apples by color, able to and able stand up for 4-6 hours continuously. Hours will vary based upon apple production levels.
To apply please complete a TACE application and forward the Arboretum Human Resources Office.


Apple House/Gift & Garden Store Cashiers

Duties include: Cashiering, Customer Service, Stocking apples and gift items, Using forklift, Light housekeeping

Inventory control, Daily sales reconciliation, Opening and closing cash register. Hours: Variable, includes early evening and weekends. : Prefer cashier experience; customer service and sales experience.

To apply, please complete a TACE application and forward to the Arboretum Human Resources Office.


Seasonal Assistant Gardener 7 Months - (April-October Annually)

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) position; typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually and is located in Chaska, MN . For more information and to apply please submit an application on the U of MN employment website http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job id 311773.


Seasonal Assistant Gardener 7 Months - (April-October Annually) - Woody Plants

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) position; typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually and is located in Chaska, MN. This position For more information and to apply please submit an application on the U of MN employment website http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job id 311779.


Assistant Gardener 12 Months

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 located in Chaska, MN and will include work outdoors during winter months. This position includes snow removal. For more information and to apply please submit an application on the U of MN employment website http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job id 311778.


Seasonal Laborer 7 Months - (April-October Annually)

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 position is a full-time - seasonal (7-month) Teamsters Unit 3 position; typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually and is located in Chaska, MN. For more information and to apply please submit an application on the U of MN employment website http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job id 311776.


Seasonal Laborer 7 Months - (April-October Annually)

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 position is a full-time - seasonal (7-month) Teamsters Unit 3 position; typically beginning April 1st and ending on October 31st annually and is located in Chaska, MN. For more information and to apply please submit an application on the U of MN employment website http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job id 3117838.


67-Day Temporary Wedding Garden Attendant Positions (May-October)

$13-$15 per hour. Hours will vary and include evenings and weekends.
This position is responsible for providing services to clients, conveying information to Arboretum staff, and providing on-site coordination of activities during event. Coordinate all details of wedding ceremonies, receptions and groom's dinners in accordance with Arboretum policies. 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 Events and Exhibit Manager 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. To apply: complete a TACE application and return completed form to Front desk or Human Resources.


67-Day Gatehouse Attendant Positions (May-October)

$13-$15 per hour. Hours will vary and include evenings and weekends. 
This position is responsible for greeting guests and collecting admission while providing top quality customer service. This position will 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 . Ability to stand for 4-6 hours continuously. To apply: complete a TACE application and return completed form to Front desk or Human Resources. To apply: complete a TACE application and return completed form to Front desk or Human Resources.


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

No internship opportunities are available at this time.


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.

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