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)


Buildings & Grounds Worker - 2 positions available - Full Time

This position is responsible for cleaning the Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center buildings and providing setup and take down of tables, chairs and equipment for group room rentals. 

Typical hours of work are January through March 1:00pm - 9:30 pm and April through December 2:00pm -10:30pm

Required Qualifications: Ability to read and write competently in English, follow oral and written instructions. Ability to lift 50 lbs to shoulder height and climb 8-foot ladders. Must have valid MN Drivers License. 

For more information and to apply please use the following link and search for job id 333162


Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Learning - Full Time

This program management position includes content, financial and oversite of all University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Interpretation and Family programs. This position is responsible to create and maintain self-guided and interactive visitor learning experiences, manage the budget & finances of the programming and provide strategic planning and vision to support the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Mission.

For more informaiton and to apply please go to a https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for job id 334918). Applications must be submitted online

To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647). 


Catering and Retail Services Team (UDS/Aramark)

The Arboretum and University of Minnesota Dining Services are seeking applicants for joining our catering and retail team! We are accepting resumes for the following positions:

- Cook (Job Requisition 314029)

If interested, please search the above requisition number at the following job site: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs or email resume directly to Michael Modry at: modry003@umn.edu.

Part-time, seasonal, hourly positions include:

  • Bartenders
  • Banquet Captains
  • Banquet Servers
  • Retail Servers

If interested, email resume directly to Michael Modry at: modry003@umn.edu.


Custodial Assistant - Part Time 

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.

70% Clean buildings and set-up rooms for meetings and events.

30% Event support functions.

Required Qualifications: A MN driver’s license. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and climb 8-foot ladders.Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

This 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.

To apply, please complete an online application or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu. 


Information Desk Receptionist - Part-Time Temporary

OVERVIEW: 
This position is responsible for assisting the Visitor Services team with greeting guests, collecting admission, and promoting and selling equipment rentals and tram admission while providing top quality customer service.     

JOB DESCRIPTION:
50% - Greeting Guests and Providing Information for Visitors

  • 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
  • Collect money for admission fees, tram tickets if necessary
  • Use Altru system for POS transactions
  • Make change for visitors when appropriate
  • Promote & sell memberships to non-member visitors
  • Collect money for snow shoe rentals

40% - Communications

  • Answer incoming calls and directing them to appropriate personnel
  • Use base radio to locate staff and relay messages
  • 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.
  • Ensure promotional signs & video screens are up to date in the McQuinn Great Hall – if they are not – contact the appropriate department to update
  • Use various sources to keep yourself up to date on that latest news of the Arboretum including the newsletter, website, and email. 
  • Check Arbinfo email and forward messages to appropriate contacts so they may follow up in a timely manner
  • Check personal University email to ensure you are up to date on recent information and changes

10% - Provide Office Support

  • Maintain brochure supplies and inform departments when running low
  • Event registration support
  • Assist with projects such as: mailings, compiling packets, etc when available

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
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Previous experience working with cash
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule mainly on Saturdays, Sundays 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 or submit resume and email to: Jean Keiser at keis0001@umn.edu


Temporary Plantmobile Instructor - As Needed
(not to exceed 67 days/calendar year)

Required Qualifications:    

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, natural sciences or related field
  • Experience teaching in a classroom or informal setting
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Successful Completion of a Background Check

Hourly rate:
$15+ Depending on Qualifications

Description: 
The temporary instructor is responsible for delivering high quality one-hour, hands-on plant science presentations to metro-area school groups (up to 30 students) at their location.  To achieve this, instructors must manage program supplies and materials, and exhibit strong teaching and presentation skills.

Schedule: 
Part time-Full time hours available M-F from April 10-May 29, 2020.

Instructor specific responsibilities include:

  • Thoroughly learn the program presentation to be able to teach it with energy, clarity, and flexibility; connecting each student to the program content
  • Warmly greet and work with classroom teachers to meet the needs of students and manage group behavior during presentation
  • Manage program supplies making sure needed items are stocked and ready for the next instructor
  • Safely transport self and supplies to and from school sites in university vehicle
  • Closely coordinate with program manager for on-going check-ins and to determine weekly schedule
  • Continuously gather ideas and information for program improvement

To apply for this position:
Email a cover letter and resume to the Plantmobile Program Coordinator
Malia Brandt,  leck0012@umn.edu


Summer Day Camp Assistant
 
OVERVIEW: Work with small groups of children (ages 5-14) creating a positive day camp experience and fun-filled nature-based adventures. Accompany campers on hikes, facilitate camp activities within the Arboretum. Assist lead instructor with set-up, clean-up and other preparations as needed. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Communicate with, and support lead instructor in creating a positive day camp experience for every camp participant. 
  •  Enthusiastically help children explore camp content, make friends, and have fun. 
  • Manage behavior issues, paying attention to the social and emotional safety of each child.
  • Maintain a safe and fun learning environment for campers, following safety procedures in emergencies. 
  • Communicate positively and appropriately with parents/adults/volunteers.
  • Set-up, clean-up and preparation of snacks as directed.
  • Offer feedback for improvement
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Enthusiasm for working with kids with patience & a sense of humor
  • The desire to work in a natural setting (mix of indoors and outdoors in all weather)
  • Previous experience working with children in community or education program
  • Love of plants and the natural world, and an excitement to inspire that love in others
  • Demonstrated leadership or participation in team or group activities
  • Class in child development or other training related to working with children and families
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to walk, bend, and lift 20 pounds, working indoors and outdoors
  • Must successfully pass a background check

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.
  • Experience teaching in outdoor education or informal education settings.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, natural sciences or related field

WORK SCHEDULE:

Start Date: 06/09/20

End Date: 8/28/20

Hours: Part time-Full time hours available 

PAY RANGE: $13-15/hr 

 APPLICATION INFORMATION: To apply, email resume, cover letter, and  references to: Day Camp Program Coordinator: Malia Brandt-  leck0012@umn.edu


Summer Day Camp Instructor

Overview: Plan and instruct exciting day camp experiences that inspire awe and wonder while connecting children to  plants and the natural world.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan activities and act as lead instructor of assigned day camps creating a positive experience for every participant
  • Enthusiastically help children explore, make friends, and have fun.
  • Manage behavior issues, paying attention to the social and emotional safety of each child
  • Communicate positively and appropriately with parents/adults/volunteers
  • Maintain a safe and fun learning environment for campers, following safety procedures in emergencies.
  • Submit an outline of camp activities and supplies needed at least a month in advance of the first session date
  • Stay within the given budget parameters when making camp supply requests/purchases.
  • Prepare, set up and clean up all materials
  • Delegate tasks and provide guidance for assistants and counselors-in-training
  • Share updates and photos with caregivers
  • Prepare post-camp documentation providing feedback and suggested improvements for future sessions

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, natural sciences or related field
  • Experience teaching in a classroom or informal setting
  • Enthusiasm for working with kids using patience & a sense of humor
  • The desire to work in a natural setting (mix of indoors and outdoors in all weather)
  • Love of plants and the natural world, and an excitement to inspire that love in others
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to walk, bend, and lift 20 pounds, working  indoors and outdoors
  • Must successfully pass a background check   

WORK SCHEDULE:

Commitment: Varied schedule available 1-10 weeks from 6/9/20 - 8/28/20 

Hours: Part time-Full time hours available
   
PAY RANGE: $15+ Depending on qualifications and experience

APPLICATION INFORMATION: To apply, email resume, cover letter, and  references to: Day Camp Program Coordinator: Malia Brandt-  leck0012@umn.edu


Sunday Interpretive Tram Driver 

Temporary position:  Spring – Fall 2020


Description

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 important 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. The duties of this front-line interpretive staff position include:

  • Perform daily equipment check on Tram, and refuel Tram at end of day
  • Greet ticketed passengers, assist in boarding as needed
  • Maintain a very high level of customer service for all Tram passengers
  • Keep records as required; make comment cards available to visitors
  • Attend and participate in training sessions

Qualifications

REQUIRED: 

  • Strong interest in and enthusiasm for the Arboretum and its mission,
  • Proven superb customer service skills,
  • Demonstrated record-keeping experience , and a
  • Desire to work outdoors. 
  • Successful completion of Tram Driver training
  • Successful completion of a background check

DESIRED:

  • Public speaking experience
  • A positive outgoing personality including a dose of patience and sense of humor
  • Previous experience operating a Tram
  • Working as part of a team 

Commitment

The tram operates from mid-April to mid-October. Work shift will be Sundays and occasional fill in other weekdays and weekends.   A typical shift is approximately 7 hours.

 

Application Information

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to the Manager of Adult Education Programs Laura Vogel via email lbvogel@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.