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)

Signature Events & Exhibits Specialist Full Time, $15.24 - $25.51 an hour

The University of Minnesota Arboretum delights and inspires hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The Signature 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.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED and four (4) years of operations and/or student support experience. Training/education may be substituted for up to two (2) years of experience.
  • Budget & project management experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Track record of planning and delivering successful events.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  •  Experience with event planning software, including EventPro
  • Experience and/or familiarity with public gardens, museums, or like organizations
  • Familiarity and established relationships within the event planning/hospitality industry 
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and very strong organizational skills


65%     Arboretum Events Planning and Delivery

Work with teams from across the Arboretum to envision, develop, propose and deliver seasonal events that engage, delight and inspire increasing numbers of visitors from multiple target audiences.  

  • Event project management from proposal to delivery
  • Delivering events on time, within budget, that meet or exceed expectations.
  • Being responsible for assigned project budgets from start to finish – including meeting revenue targets.
  • Sourcing, negotiating and managing exhibit and supplier relationships
  • Be on site for events to pre-check event details, run through pre-event checklist with teams and assure quality delivery.
  • Meet and exceed event revenue targets.
  • Managing operational and administrative functions to ensure specific projects are delivered efficiently

25%     Private Parties, Memorials and Weddings

Work one on one with clients to imagine, source, negotiate, propose, plan and implement events that delight, inspire, meet & exceed expectations.

  • Be on-site to pre-check and quality assure each event, meet & greet clients.
  • On site project delivery leadership and management – including weekends and evenings
  • Meet and exceed and revenue targets. 

10%     Team Facilities Rental and Visitor Services Support

Provide leadership to cross-functional work groups.  As a member of the Facilities Rental and Visitor Services team, participate in cross-functional projects for weddings, corporate meetings, private party or visitor service departments.   

  • Providing project management, direction cross-functionally
  • Ensuring excellent customer service and quality delivery
  • Setting, communicating and maintaining cross Arboretum timelines and priorities on every project

To apply, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment page at https://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and enter keyword Arboretum.

Youth Team Facilitator Growing Good Urban Garden Youth Employment (position based in Minneapolis), $12.00-$16.00 an hour  

Supervisor:  Manager of Youth Education      

Classification: 001 Temporary Casual


The Growing Good Facilitator supports a team of teenagers as they take on a summer, garden-based challenge.  The facilitator is responsible for planning, supporting, and leading a garden based work experience that develops key identified entrepreneurial, horticultural, leadership, and communication skills, through a garden based challenge.    

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working with teenagers or youth in formal and/or non-formal education setting
  • College Coursework in Horticulture, Education, Youth Development or related area
  • Successful Completion of mandatory Background Check
  • Drivers license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passion, skill, interest, and experience with growing plants
  • Understanding of social media platforms
  • Experience working in diverse urban communities
  • Entrepreneurial experience in areas such as marketing, customer service, quality control, invoicing


66% Direct Facilitation of Youth Team Work Days:  

  • Create/Facilitate lesson plans, activities, and experiences that build leadership, communication, entrepreneurial, and horticultural skills through different mediums
  • Direct supervisor/team leader for all scheduled work days 

33% Planning, Coordination, Documentation, partnership and relationship building:

  • Document the success, and impacts of the team
  • Attend weekly check in meetings with Manager of Youth Education and the Urban Garden Leadership Team 
  • Cultivate camaraderie, new and existing relationships, positive participation, youth voice, and achievement for the team and each of it's members

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

Work Schedule

  • Start Date: May 15, 2016
  • Training days (May 21, June 9, 10, 11)
  • Regular summer work schedule June 11-August 12.  Weekly Leader Meetings Thursdays 4-6pm.
  • Special Events:  open house August 13th, and Jamboree August 15th.
  • No work July 4th-8th (summer break week)
  • End Date: October 31, 2016
  • Total Hours: 240-400 hours (based on 10 week schedule 24-40 hours a week)

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu.

Instructor Children’s Garden in Residence (Position Based in Minneapolis), $12.00-$16.00 an hour

Supervisor:  Manager of Youth Education                    

Classification: 001 Temporary Casual


The CGR  instructor will work with a team of educators in the Arboretum’s Urban Garden youth education outreach program.  The teaching team will plan, prepare, and present a 7 week hands-on science focused garden program at urban, elementary school aged youth serving organizations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.   The instructor’s role is to bring the hands-on science program curriculum to life in the garden. 

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge, passion, and interest in plants
  • Teaching experience in classroom and/or outdoor settings
  • Coursework and/or work experience related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education or related field
  • Successful completion of a background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 or more years teaching in outdoor education or informal education
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, natural sciences or related field
  • Experience with leading a team
  • Experience working in community partnerships


80%    Instructor Prepare Plan and Teach Children’s Garden in Residence Program:

  • Prepare for and teach assigned portions of the curriculum
  • Gather and prepare all supplies, posters, and consumables for each week’s lesson
  • Work with partner organizations to coordinate garden programs that fit their needs
  • Work with co-workers, and volunteers to organize and present the program
  • Set the stage for safe, supportive, hands-on science, learning experiences in the garden
  • Special projects as assigned

20%   Document and Share program Activities

  • Participate in weekly urban garden leader meetings
  • Produce a summer journal with photos, records, and reflection, and documentation of  the summer garden experience
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Schedule and Commitment

  • Start Date:  May 21, 2016 Initial Staff Training Day.  Additional training days TBD early June
  • Regular summer schedule:  June 14- August 6.  32 hours/wk. 4 days per week*
  • End Date: Oct. 31, 2016
  • Total Hours: 256

*Specific work day schedule to be determined between supervisor and candidate. Responsibilities and work schedule are subject to change.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and  references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu

Urban Gardener MN Landscape Arboretum Urban Garden Program (position based in Minneapolis),  $12.00-$16.00hr                 

Supervisor:  Manager of Youth Education        

Classification:  001 Temporary Casual


The Urban Gardener will be a member of the Children’s Garden in Residence work team.  The Gardener’s primary role is to install and maintain high quality teaching gardens at 5 urban garden partner sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  The gardens provide the teaching space for a seven week hands-on science program that engages 200 youth each summer.  

Required Qualifications

  • One year extensive garden management experience
  • Post-secondary degree or significant coursework in horticulture
  • Extensive knowledge of vegetable and ornamental annual plants well adapted to Minneapolis area climate
  • Successful completion of mandatory background check
  • Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Established network of contacts with local greenhouse and garden supply industry
  • Experience working in diverse cultural settings


80% Garden Maintenance

  • Maintain Arboretum quality urban gardens at 5 community partner sites, including site preparation, plant acquisition, purchasing supplies, weeding, watering throughout the growing season, planting crops to fit with lesson plans, and succession planting as needed to maintain a beautiful, lush, productive garden throughout the growing season
  • Work with Urban Garden team to determine weekly and seasonal priorities, projects and resources.

20%  Plant/garden resource for Urban Garden Team and Community 

  • Work with community partners, children’s garden in residence team, and the Urban Garden Leadership team to provide resource and support for Urban Garden programming.

**Please note job description detailing current responsibilities is subject to change.**

Work Schedule

  • Start Date:  April 14, 2016
  • April 14-May 1st: 16 hours/week
  • May 1st-August 15: 32 hours/week
  • August 15-October 15: 16 hours/week
  • End Date: October 15, 2016
  • Total Hours: 516 (not to exceed 67 days)

Specific hours/days  to be determined by Urban Garden Team

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to: Urban Garden Planning Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu.

Instructor Summer On-site Children's Programs, $12.00-$16.00 an hour.

Supervisor:  Manager of Youth Education                  

Classification:  Temporary Casual


The Summer On-site Children's Program Instructor, will assist in the instruction and coordination of the Arboretum's summer on-site youth programs.   The Instructor will be a vital part of a team of Arboretum educators who provide hands-on science based summer programming for children and youth.  The instructor will assist in Day Camp and Children's Garden Program delivery as well as lead the summer on-site field trip program.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge, passion, and interest in plants and Children
  • Teaching experience in classroom and/or outdoor settings
  • College coursework and/or work experience related to horticulture, natural sciences, nutrition, agriculture, youth development, youth education or related field
  • Successful completion of a background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years teaching in outdoor education or informal education. (outdoor summer day camps, overnight, nature based camp experience)
  • Bachelor's degree in education, horticulture, natural sciences or related field
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of care and maintenance of a vegetable garden


40%    Lead Instructor Summer on-site Field trips:

  • Coordinate and support a team of volunteer instructors
  • Learn and use existing systems for successful program administration
  • Gather and prepare all supplies and materials required for the summer field trip
  • Welcome and orient all field trip groups/individuals-be an Arboretum ambassador
  • Deliver high quality, engaging, hands-on science instruction through every field trip experience

50%   Summer Day Camp Counselor

  • Lead counselor in Arboretum Adventure day camps 3 - 5 day/week camps (15 days)
  • Day Camp assistant as assigned for additional camps

10%   Children's Garden Maintenance

  • Assist with care and maintenance of the Children's Garden
  • Children's Garden support as assigned

Work Schedule and Commitment

  • Start Date:  June 6, 2016
  • Regular summer schedule:  Monday- Friday 9-3:30*
  • End Date:  August 18, 2016
  • Total Hours: 300

 *Specific work schedule and hours are subject to change.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and  references to: Summer On-site Youth Education Team, c/o Randy Gage at gage0020@umn.edu


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, 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: OPEN 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.