Employment Opportunities

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. The Arboretum's beautiful gardens and plant collections, nature-inspired exhibits, innovative learning, and events make it a valued community resource and top attraction. 

As a non-profit organization, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is committed to sharing institutional information with the public, including visitors, members and other constituents who support the Arboretum's mission. A beautiful in-town getaway, an escape to reflect, re-energize or plan for the future. A connection with the wonders of nature.

Part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota, the Arboretum is located approximately 30 miles west of the Twin Cities Campus along Hwy 5, just west of the City of Chanhassen. 

Make the Arboretum your place.

Our benefits include:

  • Health & Dental insurance
  • A defined benefit plan through MN State Retirement System as well as Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and a section 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Substantial time off including  sick time, 11 paid holidays at start and vacation accrual
  • Free Arboretum membership
  • Free and discounted tickets to programming, as available
  • Discounts on dining and in our Arboretum Shops
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Working just steps from the beautiful gardens and displays.
  • Free or discounted admission to other cultural institutions across the United States

The Arboretum is committed to attracting and engaging employees, members, donors, volunteers and visitors with varying identities and backgrounds. As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, we are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourage 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 arbhr@umn.edu.

To apply for general part time temporary and casual opportunities (TACE) please complete a online application (mobile friendly) or download and complete an application form (PDF) and email to: arbhr@umn.edu unless otherwise noted in job overview.

CURRENT OPENINGS (click on links to page down to listing)

 

Web Marketing/Content Professional

The Web Marketing Professional is a member of the Marketing and Communications team and is primarily responsible for the development and management of the Arboretum’s website including definition and development. As the Arboretum moves towards a digital framework, this position is an integral part of developing the Arboretum’s identity.
 
For more information and to APPLY  please navigate to https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job and search for job id 346658  then click the "Apply" button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. 
 

 
Reasearch Plot Technician Opportunities at the Hortucitural Research Center (HRC)
 
9-Month Seasonal Research Plot Tech  (Job id 346828) 
This position provides 9-month technical support for the maintenance of research plants located at the Landscape Arboretum - Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen. This position is a full-time, seasonal (9-month) position; working Thursday-Monday typically beginning March 1 and ending on November 30 annually. In this position, 50% effort will support the Horticultural Research Center and 50% effort will support the Minnesota Landscape Laboratory research program. Work will center on plant maintenance and watering in the nursery, field plots, greenhouse, and other controlled environments.
 
To apply: Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job (search for requisition # above associated with job of interest), then click the 'Apply' button and follow the instructions. 
You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

9-Month Seasonal Horticulturalist - South Hub Gardens and Collections
The Horticulturalist – South Hub Gardens and Collections (shrubs and perennials) position is responsible for maintenance of gardens and collections within the public areas of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA). Ensure high quality maintenance of the assigned gardens and collections within the MLA in accordance with accredited public gardens. Facilitate and direct other activities, including staff training and supervision on various activities involved with primary responsibilities, volunteer recruitment, training, supervision, and retention, equipment maintenance, lead various public development activities and events, tour guide, write articles for the Arboretum News, and other Outreach efforts of the MLA. This position cares for Harrison Sculpture garden, Bailey Shrub garden, Chinese garden, Miscellaneous Shrub garden, Hedges collection and Ornamental Grass Collection.
 
To apply: Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job (search for requisition # above associated with job of interest), then click the 'Apply' button and follow the instructions. 
You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

12-Month Seasonal Horticulturalist - Wetland Gardens and Restorations
Oversee premier care of Bog Walk and related wetland gardens, iris pond, and palustrine ecosystem restorations within the public areas of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA). Ensure high quality maintenance of the assigned gardens and collections within the MLA in accordance with accredited public gardens. Facilitate and direct other activities, including staff training and supervision on various activities involved with primary responsibilities, volunteer recruitment, training, supervision, and retention, equipment maintenance, lead various public development activities and events, tour guide, write articles for the Arboretum News, and other Outreach efforts of the MLA. Like other environmental scientists, wetland horticulturalists participate in a variety of activities that further the cause of environmental knowledge, protection, and conservation.
  
To apply: Applications must be submitted online at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job (search for requisition # above associated with job of interest), then click the 'Apply' button and follow the instructions. 
You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

 
Finance Generalist 
The finance professional serves as a collaborative member of the Arboretum Finance team by providing accounting and payroll support to the MN Landscape Arboretum.  Collectively, the team designs and implements strategies that ensure services provided by the finance team are efficient, cost-effective, consistent, timely and user-centered. This position will serve approximately +250 diverse staff including professional and academic, Civil Service, Teamsters bargaining unit, AFSCME (clerical and technical) bargaining units, students, temp and casuals.  The finance professional provides expert guidance on accounting, payroll, cash management and purchasing.
 
For more information and to APPLY  please navigate to https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job and search for job id 346656  then click the "Apply" button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
 
 

 
Payroll Specialist
The Payrol Specialist serves as a collaborative member of the Arboretum Finance team by providing accounting and payroll support to the MN Landscape Arboretum.  Collectively, the team designs and implements strategies that ensure services provided by the finance team are efficient, cost-effective, consistent, timely and user-centered. This position will serve approximately +250 diverse staff including professional and academic, Civil Service, Teamsters bargaining unit, AFSCME (clerical and technical) bargaining units, students, temp and casuals.  The finance professional provides expert guidance on payroll, cash management and purchasing.    
 
For more information and to APPLY  please navigate to https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job and search for job id 346657 then click the "Apply" button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. 
 
 

 
Custodial Assistant 67 day Temporary Casual

This position is responsible for assisting the B&G team with 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 will vary from 14-20 per week and can run late into the evening.   This position will respond quickly to a wide variety of guest service, infrastructure and event related issues including A/V problems, spills, requests for furniture, unloading vehicles and related issues.  This is primarily a weekend position but could include weekdays. Team Members will work as scheduled to ensure proper set ups and AV trouble shooting. This position will requires attention to detail, and ability to follow direction quickly & efficiently.
 
To apply complete an online application form


 

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 importnat 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.

To apply complete an online application form 

 


 

Ticketing Customer Service Representative (three open positions)

This position is responsible for assisting the Guest Services team by providing top quality customer service and ticketing services admission. 

For more information and to APPLY  please navigate to https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job and search for job ids 347934, 347938, and/or 347939 then click the "Apply" button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. 
 
 

 
 
Bee Line Shuttle Driver

This position is responsible for duties such as driving the 11  passenger Bee Line Shuttle safely around 3 mile drive or the parking areas and for working as a team to set up & take down chairs and tables for ceremonies, and provide excellent customer service to Arboretum visitors, clients and wedding guests.

To apply complete an online application form 
 
 

 

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 60 years ago, in 1958, the Arboretum is a part of 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.