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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 12-Month Assistant Gardener

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID353148

LocationAll Other -See Job Description

Job FamilyLR-Service/Maintenance/Labor

Full/Part TimeFull-Time


Job Code6040

Employee ClassTeamsters Local 320

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Position: Assistant Gardener, 12 - Month Supervisor: Horticulture ManagerClassification: 6040 - Assistant Gardener Overview:
The Assistant Gardener is responsible for maintaining display gardens, research plots and greenhouses at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum located in Chaska, MN. This position is a full-time (12-month) Teamsters Unit 3 position. Job Description:
60% Perform maintenance work in assigned Arboretum display gardens and on the grounds:

  • Plant bulbs, plants, shrubs, trees, and lay sod
  • Prune trees and shrubs, stake, and transplant trees
  • Prepare soil for new annual and perennial beds, maintain perennial beds
  • Move ornamental rocks and other accessories in gardens, build garden fences, etc.
  • Apply wood chips, mulch, and mow turfgrass, Plow and shovel snow/ice20% Apply herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers
    • Apply herbicides, insecticides, and liquid fertilizers with the use of a back-pack sprayer, spread granular fertilizers and soil amendments using spreaders and measured amounts
    • Wear safety equipment as instructed by the label and supervisor10% Operate grounds maintenance equipment
      • Operate gas powered weed whip, lawn mowers, blowers, club cars, dump truck and use other miscellaneous electrical tools to perform garden maintenance
      • Chainsaw and chipper operation training will be offered on site and necessary safety training provided10% Other grounds maintenance duties as assigned Required Qualifications:
        • High school diploma or equivalent and one year of related training or experience in commercial gardening, grounds maintenance, and/or greenhouse work.
        • 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 willing to work 5 days per week or less due to weather and availability of funding: including alternate weekends.
        • Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D Driver's License or equivalent out-of-state driver's license.Preferred Qualifications:
          • Experience working in Public Gardens
          • Pesticide Applicator License
          • Greenhouse Production
          • Plant PropagationThis position includes the option to participate in the U of MN benefits package; medical, dental, life, STD/LTD, LTC insurance plans and flexible spending accounts.
            Probationary period: 1120 straight-time hours

            About the Department
            The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 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. 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, the Arboretum is located approximately 30 miles west of the Twin Cities Campus along Hwy 5, just west of the City of Chanhassen. 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. A connection with the wonders of nature.


            Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
            • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
            • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
            • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
            • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
            • University HSA contributions
            • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
            • Employee wellbeing program
            • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
            • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
            • Financial counseling services
            • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

              How To Apply

              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 in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


              The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

              Employment Requirements

              Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

              Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

              About the U of M

              The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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