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.

To apply for temporary and casual opportunities (TACE) please complete a TACE application or submit resume and email to: Laura Boerbon at lboerbon@umn.edu.
CURRENT OPENINGS (click on links to page down to listing)

Development Officer Individual Giving

Responsible primarily for the independent management of a dynamic portfolio of donors. Work with donors to move them through the donor commitment continuum. Identify unique, donor-specific ways to cultivate and engage donors, culminating in Major Gift solicitation. Support both annual and long-term fundraising goals of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation, securing both annual gifts for operations and capital/endowment gifts for new projects.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 326420). To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.

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:

Banquet Captains
Banquet Servers
Retail Servers

If interested, email resume directly to Michael Modry at: modry003@umn.edu.

 Master Gardener Coordinator (Isanti County)

University of Minnesota Extension is recruiting candidates for a 39% time Master Gardener Coordinator Position in Isanti County. A BA/BS in management or related field with at least 2 years of experience (such as managing volunteer programs and leading teams) or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six (6) years is required. Previous experience as a volunteer coordinator and knowledge or interest in horticulture preferred.

To apply on-line and to access the complete job description go to: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (Job ID: 323395) Review of applications will begin the week of May 14; the position will remain open until filled.

Database, Application & Web (DAW) Specialist  

The Database, Application & Web (DAW) Specialist is responsible for database management, application and web development and maintenance of web infrastructure, database design and applications. The DAW Specialist will design, maintain, and constantly improve our Drupal & database environments.  This position will also collaboratively develop and train with the central Drupal & DBM teams to improve the overall end user and guest experiences.   

This position will work closely with all departments of the Arboretum to support each department’s web presence and database needs. It will work closely with CFANS and central University of Minnesota Offices of Information Technology on various web projects and mass emails to continually build on and improve the performance of our site KPIs and ensure a positive user experience for staff, donors, visitors and guests.

The DAW Specialist is responsible for collaboratively implementing the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s online vision for outreach, research, and education via creative use and integration of University-supported tools and data.

Successful candidates must be self-motivated and creative problem-solver with experience and skills in backend CMS (Drupal) development, advanced web coding, database management and application development.

This is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits. Salary range: $58,000-$65,000, depending on qualifications.

 Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 327234). To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions

Adult Education Team - Class Facilitator Part Time  


This position is part of the Arboretum Adult Education team.  A class facilitator assures that class attendees and guest instructors expectations are met, and provides a welcoming and comfortable learning environment.  Specific tasks include hosting external instructors, equipment and materials setup, working with adult education volunteers, ensuring instructors have everything they need, and record keeping after the classes.  Work hours are determined by class schedules, and will include evenings and weekends.


? 80% Facilitate positive learning experiences for class attendees and provide instructor support via the following tasks 

o Ensure buildings are open and setup is ready by the time instructors arrive. Set up AV equipment as needed.

o Greet instructors and adult education volunteers, and provide them with whatever materials or equipment they need. Support registration and class introductions as needed.

o When supporting multiple classes simultaneously, periodically check on each class to ensure the instructors, volunteers and students have everything they need.  

o Once class is complete, assist instructor and volunteer(s) in packing up supplies and returning room to default furniture arrangement..

o Know and follow protocol for basic issues with classes and the buildings, such as AV malfunction, tweaking the class setup, or printing late-arriving handouts.

o Know and follow protocol for first aid and emergencies.

? 20% Process and submit records for adult education classes

o Send evaluations to students promptly. Process evaluation results and archive with other class materials.

o Ensure class attendance, revenue, and expenses are recorded promptly. 

o Support the biannual program calendar by updating volunteer sign-ups and internal calendars, creating instructor agreements, etc.

o Other duties as required.


? HS Diploma/GED and four years operations and/or student services experience. Training/ education may substitute for some years of experience

? Successful completion of a background check

? Experience providing excellent customer service

? A vehicle and driver’s license

? Ability to move between classes, spend extended time on feet, lift up to 25 lbs

? Willingness to work with basic AV equipment

? Familiarity with Microsoft Office products

? Availability to work a flexible schedule which will include Saturdays and Thursday evenings


This is a 36% AFSCME Clerical position located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.   Work schedule: The overall schedule to be determined between supervisor and candidate.  

*** This job description describing the current responsibilities of this position is subject to change.

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 workforce

? 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

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 327616). To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.


No Internship opportunities are available at this time.

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.