Employment Opportunities

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 2019 Best Botanical Garden (USA Today readers) and 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 612-301-7723.

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: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu unless otherwise noted in job overview.

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

The University has put in place a systemwide hiring freeze effective until further notice for most positions.  This means that most openings are on hold at this time. If you have applied for a position, you will continue to be considered a candidate. When hiring resumes, you will be contacted about the status of your application and the next steps in our selection process. We hope that you will retain your desire to build your career at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to protect the health of our current and future employees.


Gift and Garden Store Manager

As a member of the Commercial Operations and Guest Services team, this position is responsible for overseeing and managing the retail operations of the Gift and Garden Store, satellite and Applehouse at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with a gross annual revenue of $1,200,000. Responsible for inventory management, employee and volunteer supervision, staffing and training, customer service, sales and revenue management, formulating advertising and marketing strategies with Public Relations & Communications, and collaborating with other Arboretum units. 


For more information and to apply please click on the link below and search for job 339240 - Gift and Garden Store Manager

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Temporary Casual Seasonal Grounds Laborer - Full Time and Part Time Opportunities Available

Job Description:
100% - Perform maintenance work on display gardens, research plots and buildings at the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center.

• 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.  

Qualifications:
• 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.  
• Must be at least 18 years old.  

To apply please complete an online application (mobile friendly)or download and complete an application form (PDF) and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu


Associate Development Officer

OVERVIEW:

Responsible primarily for the independent management of a dynamic portfolio of donors. Work with donors to move them through the donor commitment continuum. Identify unique, donor-specific ways to cultivate and engage donors, culminating in Major Gift solicitation. Support both annual and long-term fundraising goals of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation, securing both annual gifts for operations and capital/endowment gifts for new projects.

For more information and to apply please click on the link below and search for job 339542 - Associate Development Officer

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Youth Team Facilitator - Temporary 

OVERVIEW:

The Growing Good facilitator supports a team of young people as they take on a summer garden-based research project. The facilitator will be part of a diverse cohort of leaders that will be dedicated to planning and presenting innovative, community oriented, plant-based, twenty first century job experiences.

JOB DESCRIPTION  

66% Direct Facilitation of Youth Team Work Days:  

  • Create/facilitate lesson plans, activities, and experiences that promote community engagement, encourage health and nutrition, raise environmental awareness and build college and career readiness. 
  • Lead a team of youth for all scheduled work days.  

33% Planning, Coordination, Documentation, Partnership and Relationship Building:
  • Attend weekly team meetings with Growing Good team, and check-in meetings with Growing Good coordinator as needed.
  • Responsible for keeping track of program expenses.  
  • Cultivate camaraderie, new and existing relationships, positive participation, youth voice, and achievement for the team and each of its members.
  • Produce a summer journal with photos, records, reflection, surveys, documenting successes of the team.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Passion, skill and experience working with teenagers or youth in formal and/or non-formal education setting
  • Successful completion of mandatory background check
  • Be available by phone, email, or video conferencing to confer with students and staff
  • Ability to instruct students using a variety of technology applications and platforms 
  • Drivers license 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience and interest in plants
  • Understanding of social media platforms
  • Experience working in diverse urban communities
  • Entrepreneurial experience in areas such as marketing, customer service, quality control, invoicing
  • College coursework in horticulture, education, youth development correlated field
  • Strong knowledge of internet and web-related technologies.

WORK SCHEDULE:

Start Date: May 1, 2021

Orientation: May 1, 2021

Regular summer schedule: TBD 24hours/wk. 

Additional Work days: Friday Funday: August 13th

End Date:  October 31, 2021

Total hours for this position:  Not to exceed 240 hours (10 weeks, 24 hours/week)

 

PAY RANGE AND APPLICATION INFORMATION:

$13.00+ 

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and references to: Growing Good Planning Team - Karen DePratto at beamo003@umn.edu




Membership Sales Assistant - Temporary/Casual

Responsibilities

80%

  • Onsite membership desk sales & service for new, renewing, gift and donor level memberships, including dog add-on memberships and dog commons, employee gift sales, care center, garden clubs and groups.
  • 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 and creating a memorable experience for visitors, members and future 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. Explaining and educating on how memberships work, what to expect in the mail and when the member arrives at the gate, process for signing up for classes, events, etc. 
  •   Receive and document member requests and changes i.e. contact info, household member change, as info relates to database and membership cards.

15%

  • 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.

5%

  • 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

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma/GED with one year general office/clerical experience. Training/education may substitute for some of the experience.
  • Experience working in customer service setting
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekdays, weekends, and evenings
  • Ability and willingness to learn customer relationship management software

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with Altru CRM software
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

To apply please complete an online application (mobile friendly)or download and complete an application form (PDF) and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu


Information Desk Receptionist - Temporary/Casual

OVERVIEW:  
This position is responsible for assisting visitors with general questions and ticketing information at our Information Desk.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
75% - Ticketing
  • Assist customers with purchase decisions via phone conversation or email
  • Process phone, email and in person orders using Altru Blackbaud system
  • Collect complete and accurate information from customers purchasing tickets
  • Resolve customer conflicts with ticketing
  • Maintain a positive attitude and a genuine interest in helping others
  • Assist with incoming and outgoing customer calls
25% - Guest Services Support
  • Greet guest at Information Desk in the Oswald Visitor Center
  • Provide information to visitors about the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum campus including Learning Center, The Farm and Research Center
  • Use base radio to locate staff and relay messages
  • Collect money for admission fees, tram tickets if necessary
  • Use Altru system for POS transactions
  • Promote & sell memberships to non-member visitors
  • Act as dispatch in emergency situations such as severe weather and medical emergencies by calling 911 notify correct staff, get accident forms completed, communicate to gatehouse for emergency vehicles, and monitor radio for situation changes.
  • Use various sources to keep up-to-date on the latest news of the Arboretum including the newsletter, the website, & email.  
  • Check personal University email to ensure you are up to date on recent information and changes
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High School diploma/GED with one year general office/clerical experience.  Training/education may substitute for some of the experience.
  • Experience working in customer service setting
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to learn customer relationship management software
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience working with Altru CRM software
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
To apply please complete an online application (mobile friendly)or download and complete an application form (PDF) and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu

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.