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.


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


Gift and Garden Store Cashier - Temporary/Casual - Part Time

Overview - Provide sales and customer service assistance to guests in the Gift and Garden Store.

Responsibilities:

  • Cashiering
  • Customer Service
  •  Light Housekeeping
  • Inventory Control
  • Daily Sales Reconciliation
  • Opening and closing cash register and Store

Qualifications:

  • Prefer experience in cashiering, customer service, and sales
  • Ability to interact with guests and co-workers in a professional, courteous, and helpful manner
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends.
Hours:

Variable including evenings and weekends

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


Public Relations Specialist

Position Overview:
The Public Relations Specialist is responsible for representing the Arboretum in media settings and interacting with external and internal audiences to promote and build visibility, credibility and visitorship engagement with the Arboretum brand, under direction of the Marketing Manager, Marketing, Communications & PR. Position plays a central role in developing key messaging; contributing content for major collateral (both print and digital); writing for new website and Nature Notes blog platform; as well as reviewing and providing editing expertise for various content for visitor communications. As PR Specialist, position proactively engages with the media, other University colleges and departments (as needed), corporate and community partners, tourist organizations as well as local and state governments on questions, comments, or requests for information, always with a mind toward relationship building, creating strategic partnerships as well as opportunities for new ideas. Position is a quick learner and exemplary writer able to deliver specialized materials for publication and/or public or internal relations that incorporate both written and graphic images, and may utilize multiple media methods. As a seasoned professional, this position may initiate the development of materials to promote and reinforce the department’s Marketing and Communications goals.

For more information, qualifications, and to apply click on the link below and seach for position number 341552.

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Visitor Services Associate - Ticketing - Temporary/Casual

OVERVIEW: 

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

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 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

Assistant Gardener - 7 Month Seasonal

OVERVIEW:
This position provides 7-month support for the maintenance of Woody Plant research located at the Landscape Arboretum - Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen. This position is a full-time, seasonal (7-month) position; typically beginning April 1 and ending on Oct 31 annually.

DUTIES:
(80%) Research plot maintenance
• Plant, prune, train and overall care of woody landscape plants.
• Control pests and weeds. Apply non restricted herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, fertilizer, and other materials as needed to maintain optimum growing conditions within research plots. Hand weeding and mulch application as needed. • Mowing and other activities requiring the use of tractors and other farm equipment to maintain optimum growing conditions within research plantings.

(10%) Other research project maintenance
• Work on other research projects or on Arboretum grounds as directed

(5%)
• Train and monitor temporary, student and volunteer workers.
• Data collection and labeling.

(5%) Other duties as assigned. May include activities such as maintaining equipment, cleaning and organizing greenhouses and facilities, plowing snow, taking supply inventory, etc.

For more information, qualifications, and to apply click on the link below and seach for position number 341687


Apple Picker/Grader - Temporary Casual

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

Seasonal Laborer - Temporary/Casual

Overview:  Perform maintenance work on display gardens, research plots and buildings at the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center and assist with additional duties as assigned.

Job Description:
  • Weeding, planting, pruning, 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.  
  • Provide assistance with event parking.  Direct traffic flow and direct vehicles where to park within designated parking areas.
  • Assist with seasonal decorating.

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


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.