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.

Security Patrol - Part Time 

The Security Patrol provides support for the safety and security of Arboretum guests; provides information to Arboretum guests in the gardens and ensures that visitors do not damage exhibits, displays or objects through misuse and reports any visible damage to the supervisor on duty.  Days will be Saturdays and Sundays with a few exceptions for covering vacations and signature events.  The position will run from May 1 to October 31 with the potential to be renewed each year. 

14 hours per week. Hours will be mainly afternoon and evenings. Will include weekends.

Core Responsibilities:  Provide Security for the Arboretum and its Visitors, Staff, Buildings, Exhibits, Displays and Objects

Required Qualifications: High School diploma/GED. Must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license. Ability to successfully pass a background check. Previous experience in security in a public setting. Current CPR, First Aid and Defibrillator. Must have good customer service skills and the ability to interact with guests of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic groups. Requires the ability to stand for up to 4 hours on a continuous basis. Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings

Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience in security at an Arboretum, Botanical Garden, Nature Center, Museum, or Educational Facility.

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

Gatehouse Attendant - Part Time Temporary

90% Greet Guests and Collect Admission Fees
•    Greet guests
•    Provide information about MN Landscape Arboretum
•    Collect admission fees and scan advance sale tickets and membership cards
•    Promote and sell memberships to non-member visitors
•    Ring sales transactions on point of sale register and provide appropriate change to customer

10% Miscellaneous Job Duties
•    Verify and prepare daily cash settlements and reconcilements
•    Prepare daily cash attendance records including member visits, paying guests, non-paying guests, discount tickets, group attendance, weather conditions and over/shorts
•    Assist with set up and take down of chairs and tables for events

Must be 16 years of age or older
Ability to stand up for 4 hours continuously
Ability to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekends
Cash handling experience
Ability to learn and operate ticket scanning equipment
Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather
Must be able to follow oral and written instructions
Must be able to work with minimum amount of supervision
Able to read, write, and understand English language
Interpersonal skills

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

Bee Center Receptionist - Saturday Afternoon

OVERVIEW: Serve as front line customer service at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, at the Farm at the Arboretum, on Saturday afternoons (the building is open to the public noon-4pm)

100% Staff the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center on Saturday afternoons (the building is open to the public noon-4pm)

Provide exemplary customer service to all Arboretum visitors, members, staff and guests and answer basic questions about pollinators
Enforce Arboretum and University policies in a professional and friendly manner
Remain visible to clients and staff and/or maintain radio communication when you are not visible to the clients and staff
Improve the Visitor perception of the Arboretum by tidying spaces that are visible to the public, removing outdated materials and answering informational questions
Know and follow protocol for basic issues, first aid and emergencies in the building
Perform clerical tasks as assigned

Experience providing in-person positive customer service
Interest in serving Arboretum visitors
Willingness to learn about pollinators, gardening, farming, cooking
Willingness to be welcoming to all visitors
Experience working as part of a team
Successful completion of a background check
Knowledge of one or more topics including pollinators, gardening, farming, cooking

To apply, please complete an online application or submit resume 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.