Coordinator of Informal Interpretation

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Chanhassen, MN

Job Title: Coordinator of Informal Interpretation - Education Program Associate 2

Job Code: 8315A2

Location: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen MN





Required Qualifications:    

BS in Horticulture, Botany, Environmental Education, Elementary Education or related field plus two years' teaching experience in classroom or informal setting, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years.

Applicant of choice must pass required background check prior to beginning employment.


Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants should have coursework or work experience in horticulture or plant science and a strong working knowledge of plants and plant growth; excellent rapport and enthusiasm for working with children and adults; strong written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to create innovative and effective learning situations.


About the Job:

Coordinator of Informal Interpretation

Unit:    CFANS / Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Class:    8315A2  

Work Schedule:  80% time position




 Overview:   The Informal Interpretation Coordinator is responsible for developing a stream of free educational programming to engage visitors of all ages, and for leading its implementation.  This includes creating drop-in activities for varied sites, topics and seasons, and training volunteers to facilitate them.  The Coordinator manages the Arboretum’s docent program, including recruiting, training and supervision of volunteer docents delivering free guided tours and other activities.  The Coordinator manages volunteer scheduling and program starters for the Master Gardener Q&A desk.   This position also includes a percent of time to perform duties as assigned by the Manager of Youth Education.


Work Schedule:   80% time position

  • Includes Saturdays as informal interpretation program delivery day
  • Other informal interpretation by program need with prep work on site or home
  • Youth ed hours to be scheduled by Manager of Youth Education



25% - Informal Interpretation Program Development

  • Establish program philosophy, framework and goals for informal interpretation at Arboretum.
  • Develop ongoing schedule of program modules presenting a comprehensive view of the plant world and the ties between people and plants.
  • Research topics, create active experiences with entry points for visitors of varied interests and ages.
  • Prepare module delivery by developing signs, creating supply lists, acquiring visual aids and props.


20% - Informal Interpretation Program Administration

  • Manage informal interpretation program budget including staffing and program supplies.
  • Prepare future budget requests.
  • Gather and maintain attendance records, set future goals.
  • Coordinate ongoing visitor evaluations to inform future program planning and development.
  • Market informal interpretation programs via providing info to Marketing staff for preparation of gatehouse flyers and program listings, and updates to front line staff.
  • Collaborate with Master Gardener Director, regional leaders and other staff to revamp program formats and delivery systems.


10% - Informal Interpretation Program Delivery

  • Setup current module activities and / or stage materials so others perform setup and takedown.
  • Document setups for others needing to recreate them at another time.
  • Oversee program delivery by volunteers at several sites as they greet guests, orient them to program options, answer questions, record attendance; problem solve as needed.


25% - Informal Interpretation Volunteer Management

  • Recruit volunteers to serve as program delivery assistants.
  • Develop training materials with content background information and presentation methods.
  • Plan and lead training sessions, presenting info and scheduling other specialists as needed.
  • Oversee volunteer scheduling system.
  • Monitor volunteer performance, providing feedback and coaching as needed.


20%  Youth Education Duties as assigned

  • Program planning and curriculum development (summer field trip and day camps).
  • Field trip site coordination.
  • Instruction (school and day camp audiences).
  • Volunteer training.


About the Department

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a 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. The Arboretum consists of over 1100 acres of trees, shrubs, plants; the Oswald Visitor Center, Snyder Building Education Center, Horticultural Research Center and other facilities, gardens, displays, exhibits and model landscapes.


This position is located at the MN Landscape Arboretum.


The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum strives to provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, services, gardens, operations 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.


We recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching experience of our employees, donors, members, volunteers and visitors and in supporting the Arboretum mission.


The Minnesota Landscape 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.



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 be given 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 Activities" page and uploading documents there.


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


Background Check Information

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.