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)

 Web Engineer


This position serves as a technical developer to oversee the setup, configuration, and long term strategy of web infrastructure and applications. We are looking for a self-motivated and creative problem-solver with experience and skills in backend web CMS (Drupal) development, advanced web coding, and large scale site planning. In this job, the Developer will design, maintain, and constantly improve our Drupal environment, as part of the University’s enterprise system, collaboratively developing code experiences with the central Drupal team and improving experiences and online engagement opportunities for web audiences.

This position will work closely with members of the marketing team, taking brand and graphic design direction from the Marketing Programs Manager and content strategy direction from the senior communications manager. This position will work across the Arboretum to support each department’s web presence. It will work closely with CFANS and central University of Minnesota Offices of Information Technology on various web projects and mass email 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 Web Developer 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.


This is a full-time, 12 month position with benefits.

Overview of Responsibilities

Web Manager (Front-end development and web design) (60%)

Responsible for designing and implementing new features and functionality, establishing and guiding the website’s architecture, ensuring high-performance and availability, and managing all technical aspects of the CMS. Works closely with Marketing team ensure an effective, visually appealing, and intuitive implementation.

Testing, maintenance and troubleshooting of existing organizational sites

Stays up-to-date on the U of M’s Drupal Platform, informs the Arboretum of relevant new technologies or changes, and passes feedback to central Drupal team on the Arboretum’s needs

Develops and maintains technical documentation for CMS implementation, applications, and relevant business processes. Train users and team members as necessary.

Informs the web development project prioritization/portfolio for Arboretum’s web sites.

Evaluates, recommends, and implements web infrastructure/platform changes and improvements.

Conduct a full range of programming tasks which include program design, program coding, debugging, and documentation for the Arboretum’s websites; review application modules for quality assurance and checks compliance with application architecture standards.

Design (user experience, interface, visual), code, implement, test and support websites, applications and web projects that follow U of M /Arboretum’s standards and guidelines; perform usability evaluations; integrate functionalities with front-end programming (e.g. HTML, CSS, JavaScript).

Develop and collaborate on concepts, wireframes and prototypes for interactive/screen-based experiences based on organizational goals and audience insights; implement these concepts using strong design that presents content effectively.

Refine existing styles and tools or create new ones to fit user needs, provide ongoing maintenance of applications, systems, websites, and tools; make decisions to meet the needs of the individual site and work across the system to be sustainable and consistent.

Undertake special projects as they arise, such as special webpages and microsites to support Arboretum initiatives, interactive user features, and enhancement to increase search engine optimization.

Web system architecture and application development (30%)

Perform general server and database administration tasks (in collaboration with IT Manager).

Informs decisions on Arboretum’s web system architecture, configuration, web services, and applications infrastructure

Ensures Arboretum and University security and stability requirements are met regarding web and applications management.

Monitor how the content and design is working on the overall college-wide system of websites, with a focus on effective web and visual design, web contributor needs, user experience, usability and accessibility.

Maintains specific online and business applications, primarily using the .NET framework.

Provides expertise to project teams on complex technical design and systems integration projects.

Fosters IT partnerships and relationships throughout the University to continue to streamline Arboretum operations by leveraging central resources.

Research new ideas and methods; stay aligned with best practices.

Improve the theme and suite of tools by listening to needs of digital team and people contributing content; identify and suggest solutions.

Complete other technology-related tasks as assigned.

Prepare systems test data and prepares program documentation.

Troubleshoot and fix browser, coding, accessibility and other issues.

Ensure responsive design is applied well across all Arboretum sites, including departments and centers.

Project Management (10%)

Develops strong relationships to aid in understanding the varying needs around a project. Applies gathered requirements to web and application based solutions.

Ensures the Arboretum’s application projects are developed effectively and efficiently, using unambiguous project goals and expectations, and ensuring input and feedback from all stakeholders

Manages any outsourced application and database development.

Document and test work, such as testing across multiple browsers and devices and other quality control efforts.

Communicate frequently with communication and design team members on the needs of the Arboretum web community; contribute to training development and documentation. For most Arboretum web contributors, their web role is a small part of their overall duties. The role of this position is to make the Arboretum system and tools easy to use and provide training as needed.

Provide user support and customer service, working with team members to troubleshoot issues when they arise.

Work to continuously improve and evolve how we deliver and manage our web presence and infrastructure, staying current with trends in web design and development; regularly assess processes, make recommendations to improve efficiency.

Engage in U of M web/Drupal community.


Required Qualifications

BA/BS degree in MIS, computer science, or a closely related field and two years of professional experience in web development

Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and/or experience in using a content management system and modern web development practices and technologies such as; HTML5, frontend frameworks (e.g., Twitter Bootstrap, Google Material, etc.), CSS Preprocessor Languages (e.g., Sass, Scss, or Less), Version Control (GIT), and javaScript.

Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and/or experience in mass email practices and tools.

Demonstrated portfolio of website development

Demonstrated experience in prioritizing, following through, and working independently under tight deadlines.

Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills to include proofreading, spelling, and grammar on telephone, email, and face-to face.

Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of diverse and inclusive working and/or learning environments

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience developing for and contributing to a Drupal CMS.

Experience managing Github repositories for revision control and collaboration

Experience with XML, RSS feeds, social media APIs, REST

Experience tracking & measuring with Google Analytics

Experience with user experience, accessibility, and search engine optimization (SEO).

Demonstrable knowledge, understanding, and/or experience in web application development preferably using PHP.

Experience using task management applications such as ServiceNow.

Experience working in a botanical garden, higher education setting and/or other large public arts and entertainment destinations.

Experience or strong knowledge of the liberal arts and/or University policies and procedures related to student and academic life.

Experience training colleagues, volunteers and/or student workers.

Experience providing guidance and advice to colleagues, asking questions to understand the situation, help prioritize the needs, and determine best path forward.

Proven ability to work independently.

Successful problem solving and decision making skills.

Advanced understanding of web application programming architectures

Excellent organizational skills, to include multi-tasking and time management.

Ability to provide excellent customer service.

Excellent project management skills.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 324518). 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.

This position requires that you attach:

• resume

• letter of interest indicating how you meet each of the required and preferred qualifications

• names and contact information for three professional references

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on July 09, 2018. This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

 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.

 Planned Giving Officer

The Planned Gift Officer is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a comprehensive planned gift program designed to identify, educate, cultivate, and solicit donors/members for planned gifts to assist in meeting future needs of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The position reports to the Director of Development and Membership. This fulltime, regular position is located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

For more information or to APPLY please go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 324237). 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. This position requires that you attach:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest indicating how you meet each of the required and preferred qualifications
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

 Security Patrol

This position is responsible for monitoring the security of a variety of the University of MN Landscape Arboretum buildings and properties. The Security Patrol provides support for the safety and security of Arboretum guests; provides information to Arboretum guests in the gardens and ensures that visitors do not damage exhibits, displays or objects through misuse and reports any visible damage to the supervisor on duty. This position is normally non-supervisory but occasional lead worker responsibilities may be assigned.

Position Description

90% Provide Security for the Arboretum and its Visitors, Staff, Buildings, Exhibits, Displays and Objects

  • Protect guests, exhibits, displays and objects by politely enforcing Arboretum policies including those regarding climbing on exhibits, sculptures, waterfalls and associated hazardous areas.
  • Monitor traffic on 3-Mile Drive and parking areas.
  • Patrol exhibit, display gardens, trails and plan collections at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum via patrol cart or on foot; be visible to guests and ready to provide information on locations of exhibits, restrooms, classes, gardens, picnic areas and related items.
  • Be the first to respond to any injury or accident that occurs on Arboretum grounds. File any injury or vehicle accident reports as necessary.
  • Be informed of times and locations of tours, special programs and events.
  • Respond to weather, fire, accidents, infrastructure problems, traffic, guest problems, illegal activities or other emergency situations.
  • Inspect buildings and grounds for irregularities such as fire or potential fire hazards, water or gas leaks and unauthorized persons in an area.
  • Closes doors and windows left open, turns off lights inadvertently left on.
  • Controls access to activity centers such as libraries and research centers.
  • May check credentials of person desiring access to an activity.
  • Irregular/Special Occasion Tasks.
  • Performs special security related duties as assigned.

10% Reporting and Administration

  • Reports all irregularities needing correction such as hazardous fire conditions, hazards to the public.
  • Files all injury and accident reports in a timely manner.
  • Evaluate the security needs of the Arboretum; develop and grow the security program.

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma/GED
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check
  • Previous experience in security in a public setting
  • Current CPR, First Aid and Defibrillator
  • Must have good customer service skills and the ability to interact with guests of all ages
  • Requires the ability to stand for up to 4 hours on a continuous basis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate well with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups in a wide variety of situations.
  • Familiarity with Landscape Arboretum programs, grounds and buildings.
  • Previous experience in security at an Arboretum, Botanical Garden, Nature Center, Museum, or Educational Facility
  • Previous training or coursework as security or peace officer.

Additional Information

  • Typical Schedule: Position is 14 hours per week or less. Variable schedule to include evenings and weekends. Days and hours may vary dependent upon events and activities.

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

To apply, please complete a TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.

 Temporary Seasonal Laborer--August-October

Classification: Temporary 67 days or less in a calendar year or Casual no more than 14 hours week.

Assist the Arboretum Horticulture Team with the display gardens, research plots and buildings at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center.

Job Description

100% Perform maintenance work on display gardens, research plots and buildings

  • 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.
  • Operate 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.

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma/GED
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • 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.

To apply, please complete a TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.

 Membership Sales Assistant

Classification: Temporary/Casual Year-Round Position

Schedule: As Needed - Not to exceed 14 hours per week. Flexible scheduling to include weekdays some weekends and occasional evenings

Position Description


  • Onsite membership desk sales & service for new, renewing, gift and donor level memberships, including dog add-on memberships and familiarity with dog commons.
  • Acquire and share knowledge of Arboretum's history, mission, buildings and grounds layout, as well as daily and seasonal events and exhibits with guests/members.
  • Greet all visitors and assist with way-finding, events and exhibits with an emphasis on serving members.
  • Accurately convert new members with gate receipts, offer appropriate eligible discounts and know daily onsite group events/meetings that receive 10%discount and promote new and renewing sales accordingly. Receive and document member requests and changes i.e. contact info, household member change, as info relates to database and membership cards.


  • When visitor traffic permits, respond to phone calls from member office line and return messages on member voicemail for member sales, renewals, concerns, etc., as well as internal emails/phone calls. Forward calls coming into membership to other staff and departments and follow-up when necessary to insure high level member service.


  • Attend meetings, trainings, and also onsite or campus learning opportunities when approved by supervisor.
  • Read all updates, arb2all emails and member magazine and current exhibit materials

To apply, please complete a TACE application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu.

 Interpretive Tram Specialist


As part of the Education Department and the public face of the Arboretum, the Interpretive Tram Specialist drives and narrates a one-hour tram ride for ticketed guests.   For many guests, the tram ride is a first introduction to the Arboretum.  It is important for the Interpretive Tram Specialist to provide an enjoyable, informative experience that conveys the Arboretum’s work and all the Arboretum offers in a way that encourages visitors to explore further after their ride, and to return in the future. The duties of this front-line interpretive staff position include:

?       Perform daily equipment check on Tram, and refuel Tram at end of day

?     Greet ticketed passengers, assist in boarding as needed

?     Maintain a very high level of customer service for all Tram passengers

?     Keep records as required; make comment cards available to visitors

?     Attend and participate in training sessions

?     Adhere to the General Behavior Statements document (attached to this job description)


This position reports to the Manager of Adult Education Programs.


REQUIRED:  This position requires a strong interest in and enthusiasm for the Arboretum and its mission, proven superb customer service skills, demonstrated record-keeping experience , and a desire to work outdoors.  Successful applicants must successfully complete Tram Driver training, pass a background check, and will be subject to random drug testing.


?     Public speaking experience

?     A positive outgoing personality including a dose of patience and sense of humor

?     Previous experience operating a Tram

?     Working as part of a team


The tram operates from May 1 to mid-October. Work shifts are weekdays and weekends and are 7 hours in length.   A typical schedule is 2-3 shifts per week for a total of 60 shifts during the season.

Application Information

To apply for this position, send a completed application or cover letter and resume to the Manager of Adult Education Programs Laura Vogel via email lbvogel@umn.edu or drop paperwork off at the Reception Desk in the Arboretum’s Visitor Center. 

 Landscape Gardener (Japanese Garden)


Oversee activities related to proper maintenance of the assigned gardens and collections within the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA). Keep the MLA's mission statement and garden design intent in mind when fulfilling this role. This position is a full-time - seasonal (9-month) Civil Service 3 position; typically beginning March 1st and ending on November 30th annually.


(75%) Maintain Woody and Herbaceous Plant Collections:

  • Oversee activities related to proper maintenance of the assigned gardens and collections within the MLA. Keep the Arboretum's Mission statement and garden design intent in mind when fulfilling this role.

  • Train seasonal gardening staff and volunteers to carry out gardening duties with Best Management and Integrated Pest Management Practices.

  • Recruit, train and retain volunteers to work as volunteer staff in the assigned gardens.

  • Direct and lead in site preparation, planting, watering, staking, pruning, mulching, temporary labeling; protecting plants from animal and equipment damage.

  • Keep records of work planned and performed. In newly planted gardens, keep plant installation records and work with the curator of plants to assure accuracy.

  • Recommend horticultural management practices.

  • Recommend purchase or resupply of needed plants, tools and equipment.
    Assure fertility of garden soils for best practices and plant growth.

(15%) Arboretum Educational and Miscellaneous Areas:

  • Assist with special events preparation and set up. Manage and assist with watering and emergencies as needed on Weekends at the Arboretum.

  • Perform other tasks as assigned or needed.  

  • Develop and teach classes, author articles on gardens and plants, conduct tours and other duties related to education and outreach that will fulfill the Arboretum Mission Statement.

(10%) Professional Development/ Recommend Planting of New Species and/or Cultivars:

  • Collaborate with Horticulture Supervisors and Curator of Plant Collections to keep woody and herbaceous plant collections, gardens and displays up to date; replace failed plants

  • Recommend pruning and yearly plant care to fulfill the design intent of the garden or native restoration.

  • Recommend new Plant introductions, and unusual species.

  • Write Design Intent summary documents for the assigned gardens. Review with Horticulture Supervisors.

  • Work with Curator of Plant Collections to recommend yearly changes or upgrades to the plantings.

  • Control of invasive plants in the areas and gardens assigned. This includes scouting, record keeping, removal and or pesticide application; follow up care.



BA/BS with at least 2 years experience or a combination of education in landscape maintenance or closely related field education and experience commercial gardening, grounds maintenance and or greenhouse work to equal six years.

Valid driver’s license is required

Pesticide applicators license or ability to obtain a license within 30 days of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Horticulture and 5 years experience with Japanese Gardens and related maintenance techniques.

Experience with growing and maintaining hardy azaleas, experience with Hostas and shade garden plants


This is a 9-month Seasonal 100 % position typically beginning March 1st and ending on November 30th annually.

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.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 324591). 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.The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is an equal opportunity educator and employer 

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 when ever 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


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.