Employment Opportunities

The Arboretum offers the following job openings. To  apply, please visit the U of M employment page, click "search postings" and enter the requisition number of the job listed below. Applicants must complete the University's on-line application form and, if required, submit any additional documents listed on the job posting with the application. For further information about open positions, please contact our Human Resources office at 612-301-7724.

If you are interested in applying for an occasional temporary position, please download form


Adult Education Program Manager. This is a full time Academic Professional and Administrative position. The typical work week is Tuesday - Saturday, and regularly includes Thursday evenings.

The Adult Education Program Manager is responsible to develop and implement adult education and enrichment experiences for Arboretum members and guests that advance the Arboretum educational mission of connecting people with the importance of plants in their lives. Arboretum adult education program areas include photography, cooking, gardening, sustainable landscape practices, nature-based therapeutics, sustainable food systems, clean water, climate change, biodiversity, and others.

For more information or to be considered for this position please apply online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html (reference job id  302654)

Development Officer: Planned Gift Officer: Part Time -75% - 30 hours per week.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is seeking a Development Officer to develop, implement, and manage 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.This position reports to the Director of Development and Membership.  

For more information or to be considered for this position, please apply online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html (reference Job ID 300699).

Youth Education Coordinator and Instructor: 75% (30 hours per week) 12 month appointment.

This position is responsible to coordinate summer on-site program and school year Plantmobile program areas. Position responsibilities include program planning and visioning, coordination of activities, supplies, materials, and instruction team, and program instruction.  This position also includes the option to participate in the University of MN benefits package; medical, dental, life, STD/LTD, LTC insurance plans and flexible spending accounts.  For more information or to apply, please got to the University to MN job opportunities webpage located at www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html and search for job is 302649 Seasonal Apple Grading positions. Hours will vary based upon apple production levels.

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

Seasonal Apple Graders

Assist apple production team with apple harvest and apple sorting, occasional apple picking, apple sorting, light housekeeping and assist with stocking of Apple House. Must be able to lift 55 lbs, read, write, and understand English language, have good color vision for sorting apples by color, able to follow oral and written instructions and able stand up for 4-6 hours continuously.

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

Seasonal Building and Grounds Assistants: Weekend and Evening hours. Hours can include On Call availability desired.

This position is responsible for 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.

For more information or to be considered for this position, please apply online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html .

Curator of Art, Sculpture and Gallery Manager: Part time 70% P&A position, 28 hours per week

Curator Curator of Art, Sculpture and Gallery Manager is responsible for art education including the development, scheduling and execution of art classes for Arboretum members and the general public. Additionally, this position handles all aspects of curatorial duties related to the permanent collection: collections management, conservation and exhibition work. This individual must also manage Arboretum internal gallery spaces for exhibitions and display.

For more information or to be considered for this position please apply online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html (reference job id  303296)


No Internships available at this time.

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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.