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)

Growing Good Youth Team Facilitator

Visitor Services Associate

Security Patrol

Membership Sales Assistant

Apple Picker

Grounds and Building Monitor

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has been closed and 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.


Growing Good Youth Team Facilitator

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
  • 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

WORK SCHEDULE:

Start Date: July 13th, 2020 

Orientation: July 13th, 2020

Regular summer schedule: TBD 24hours/wk. 

Additional Work days:

  • Friday Funday: August 14th

End Date:  October 31, 2020

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 beamo003@umn.edu Application Deadline: 

**Please note job description detailing current responsibilities is subject to change.**



Visitor Services Associate - Part Time - 14 Hours Per Week or Less

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

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 mainly to include Saturday and Sunday 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

Security Patrol - Part Time Temporary

Overview - 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. 

Responsibilities:

90% Provide Security for the Arboretum and its Visitors, Staff, Buildings, Exhibits, Displays and Objects

  •  Protect guests, exhibits, displays and objects by politely enforcing Arboretum policies including those regarding climbing on exhibits, sculptures, waterfalls and associated hazardous areas
  •  Monitor traffic on 3-Mile Drive and parking areas
  • Patrol exhibit, display gardens, trails and plant collections at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum via patrol cart or on foot; be visible to guests and ready to provide information on locations of exhibits, restrooms, classes, gardens, picnic areas and related items
  •  Be the first to respond to any injury or accident that occurs on Arboretum grounds. File any injury or vehicle accident reports as necessary
  • Be informed of times and locations of tours, special programs and events
  • Respond to weather, fire, accidents, infrastructure problems, traffic, guest problems, illegal activities or other emergency situations
  • Inspect buildings and grounds for irregularities such as fire or potential fire hazards, water or gas leaks and unauthorized persons in an area
  • Closes doors and windows left open, turns off lights inadvertently left on
  • Controls access to activity centers such as libraries and research centers
  • May check credentials of person desiring access to an activity
  • Patrols outlying areas on ATV or snowmobile
  • Locks down all buildings and gates and insures all guests have exited at closing
10% Reporting and Administration
  • Reports all irregularities needing correction such as hazardous fire conditions, hazards to the public
  • Files all injury and accident reports in a timely manner
  • Evaluate the security needs of the Arboretum; develop and grow the security program.

Required Qualifications:
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check
  •  Ability to obtain CPR, First Aid and AED certification as soon as possible
  •  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 weekday schedule with some occasional weekends and evenings
 Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with Landscape Arboretum programs, grounds and buildings.
  • Previous experience in security  in a public setting preferably at an Arboretum, Botanical Garden, Nature Center, Museum, or Educational Facility
  • Previous training or coursework as security or peace officer or law enforcement or military equivalent experience

 

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


MEMBERSHIP SALES ASSISTANT - PART TIME TEMPORARY - WEEKENDS

SCHEDULE: Primarily Saturday and Sunday hours with flexibility to work occasional weekday hours if needed. 14 Hours per week or less.

POSITION 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 mainly to include Saturday and Sunday
  • 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

Apple Picker/Grader

OVERVIEW: This position is responsible for picking, sorting and bagging apples in the Arboretum ApplehouseThis is a temporary, seasonal position starting in August and ending in October.   

JOB DESCRIPTION

  •     Unload field crates and bulk boxes of apples from trucks
  •     Learn and follow Apple House policies and procedures.
  •    Sort apples based on size, condition , color and maturity
  •   Carefully place apples in bags and boxes for sale
  •   Price bags and boxes
  •    Correctly label tables and bulk displays
  •    Insure that display of merchandise and apples is adequately stocked and presented.
  •     Keep apple house and grading area clean and organized
  •     Answer customer questions while you are on the sales floor.
  •    Remove poor quality apples from sales floor or discount for quick sale
  •   Assist with other jobs in the apple house as needed

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  •    Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  •    Able to read, write, and understand English language
  •     Ability to sort by color
  •   Must be able to follow oral and written instructions
  •    Able to work in a variety of work environments
  •    Ability stand up for 4-6 hours continuously.
  •     Successful completion of a background check
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

Grounds and Building Monitor - Part Time Temporary

Overview:
The primary responsibility of the Grounds and Building Monitor is to ensure the safety and well-being of Arboretum guests as well as provide assistance in buildings and on grounds where needed.

Responsibilities
•    Greet guests and provide general Arboretum information and direction
•    Observe and assist guests, ensuring that established Covid-19 safety protocol is followed   including wearing masks where mandated and adhering to safe physical distancing and capacity guidelines.
•    Politely inform guests of required safe practices when necessary and inform supervisor of incidents.

Required Qualifications
•    High School Diploma or equivalent
•    Ability to work a flexible schedule with weekday and weekend availability
•    Must possess a friendly disposition and professional demeanor at all times
•    Must be able to work effectively in all weather conditions
•    Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with diverse groups
•    Must have the ability to adhere to Arboretum safety protocol

Preferred Qualifications
•    Previous customer service work experience

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.