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.

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CURRENT OPENINGS:

Event Set-Up Team Member
Number of positions available: 6 This position is responsible for setting up meeting rooms & outdoor spaces for Facility Rental clients (Internal & External Clients).  Team Members will work as scheduled to ensure proper set ups and AV trouble shooting while assisting Visitor Services/Reservations/Events/Exhibits areas in achieving revenue goals.  This position will requires superior customer service with an ability to work with a diverse group of clientele, attention to detail, and ability to follow direction quickly & efficiently.

Required Qualifications:
  • Experience in customer service/conference services related positions.
  • A MN driver’s license.
  • The ability to lift up to 50 pounds, frequent standing, walking, sitting, and climbing ladders up to 6 feet tall. 
  • Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work and interact cooperatively in a positive and respectful manner with other employees, members and visitors. 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three years experience in front line customer service/conference services related positions preferred.
  • Experience working at a public garden, park, outdoor event, or related facility especially involving working with large numbers of visitors and a diverse group of employees and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds, buildings, facilities, and programs.
To Apply: please complete an application and include a resume or work history. Applications may be sent to Lindsay Sypnieski Manager of Visitor Services and Events at lsypnies@umn.edu.

Visitor Services Concierge
Number of positions available: 4 This position is responsible for assisting the various Visitor Services areas on Weekends, Evenings, and Holidays as scheduled to enhance our Visitor Experience at the Arboretum and assist the Visitor Services/Reservations/Events/Exhibits areas in achieving revenue goals.  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’s capabilities.

Required Qualifications:
  • One year experience in a customer service related position.
  • A MN driver’s license.
  • A current CPR, First Aid, and Defibrillator certification will be required within 6 months of your hire.
  • The ability to lift up to 50 pounds, frequent standing, walking, sitting, and climbing ladders up to 6 feet tall.
  • Ability to make educated and informed decisions and implement the decisions on short notice to ensure a good customer and facility experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and interact cooperatively in a positive and respectful manner with other employees, members and visitors.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three years experience in front line customer service related positions.
  • Experience working at a public garden, park, outdoor event, or related facility especially involving working with large numbers of visitors and a diverse group of employees and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum grounds, buildings, facilities, and programs including building automation, lighting programming, and security systems.  
To Apply: please complete an application and include a resume or work history. Applications may be sent to Lindsay Sypnieski Manager of Visitor Services and Events at lsypnies@umn.edu.

Temporary  Laborer - Horticultural Research Center
The position is responsible for maintaining apple trees and other fruit plants from greenhouse to research nurseries and orchards at the Horticultural Research Center.

To apply: Please complete a Temporary Casual application located at: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/employmentopportunities.aspx. Mail or email to Laura Boerbon, HR Manager, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 or  lboerbon@umn.edu..

Apple Grading
Number of positions available: 3 
This position, located at the Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen Minnesota, is responsible for grading and preparing the apples that are harvested from the Arboretum Orchards for sale on our apple house.

Required Qualifications:

  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds for extended periods of time.
  • Schedule will vary.

To apply: Please complete a Temporary Casual application located at: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/employmentopportunities.aspx. Mail or email to Laura Boerbon, HR Manager, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 or  lboerbon@umn.edu.

Apple house Cashiers
Number of positions available: 3
  This position, located at the Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen, MN, is responsible for providing cashiering  and world class customer Service to the Arboretum Applehouse clientele; Stocking apples, produce and gift items. Using forklift; Light housekeeping; Inventory control; Daily sales reconciliation; Opening and closing cash register.

Required Qualifications:

  • Good organizational skills.
  • Must be punctual.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds for extended periods of time.
  • Schedule will vary and may include evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous cashier, customer service and sales experience.

To apply: Please complete a Temporary Casual application located at: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/employmentopportunities.aspx .  Mail or email to Patti Mirabelli, Giftstore and Applehouse Manager, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 or  mirab006umn.edu.

Director of Retail Operations and Visitor Services
This position will be responsible for providing leadership and guidance for, and development and implementation of the Retail Services departments and budgets including marketing; gift shop; applehouse; visitor services; events; café; gatehouse; exhibits; and room rental areas producing net income to fund Arboretum-wide operations.  Develop strategic and operational plans to increase earned revenue to support the Arboretum.  Assist Arboretum Director as part of the senior management team with: formulation of internal policies; evaluation of programs; planning and implementing new initiatives;  responding to changing demands of Arboretum visitors and the general public; and  increasing audiences, visitorship and earned revenue.  Ensure world-class service in all areas.

This is an interdisciplinary position that draws upon various Arboretum staff and volunteers, including the MLA Foundation to contribute to increasing audiences, visitorship and revenue.  This position must be able to coordinate actions plans to ensure coordination between participants. The Director of Visitor Services will be the lead to ensure staff focuses on ensuring positive interactions with all visitors and a commitment of staff to our institutional core values.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field with 10 years relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to increase multiple revenue streams through metric analyses, business plan use, and financial forecasting to project future financial and attendance results.
  • Supervisory or managerial experience with demonstrated performance and leadership in customer service and visitor services areas.
  • Excellent verbal and Written  communications skills
  • Ability to take leadership role to coordinate and work collaboratively with a diverse group in order to meet earned revenue goals.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Marketing and Communications Experience
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and requests ensuring all goals are met
  • Demonstrated ability coordinate actions plans to ensure coordination between participants, stakeholders and across departments and the organization as a whole.
  • Previous experience in creating and delivering sales presentations are desirable.
  • Previous experience in large scale fundraising event planning and coordination.
  • Previous work in nonprofit organization is a plus.

To Apply: Apply online at: http://employment.umn.edu (search for Requisition # 192428). All applicants must register in the employment system, and attach cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have problems uploading your application materials, please contact: Laura Boerbon at 612-301-7724 or lboerbon@umn.edu.

As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Finalists will be expected to address their commitment and experience in working with diverse populations during the interview process. We welcome you to visit our college's Diversity and Inclusion web page at: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/diversity/

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

—Horticulture: CLOSED for 2014 Applications.

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.

Applications for 2014 internships will be accepted until positions are filled.


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