Teen Volunteer Playworker Program

A Teen Volunteer Playworker is 7 through 12-grade student during the application year, who is looking to be active in their community, learn important job skills, and has an interest in early childhood education, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), agriculture, and Dakota history. This role is a perfect fit for an outgoing and energetic volunteer who enjoys meeting new people and trying new things. Teen Volunteer Playworkers are trained on all Museum exhibits so they can understand the play experience and help provide a welcoming atmosphere to Museum visitors.

Teen Volunteer Playworker at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

2019-2020 Program Cancelled

The Teen Volunteer Playworker program has been paused due to safety protocols put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to restart the program once it is deemed safe to do so. In the meantime, please explore the resources here to learn more about the program, and be sure to join our mailing list for updates on restarting this initiative!

What does a Teen Volunteer Playworker do?


Spend your time playing with children in the Museum’s exhibits and supporting our programming. You’ll volunteer with our Playwork staff and other volunteers, and have an opportunity to meet a lot of new people.


Build your teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. This is a great way to build your resume for scholarships, college applications, and future employment.


Support your community and the families who visit the Museum with playful learning experiences by giving your time. You’ll be a positive role-model and make an impact on the lives of thousands of children.

Teen Volunteer Playworker duties include:

Teen Volunteer Playworker qualifications include:

For more info about the Teen Volunteer Playworker Program

please contact Heather Ungerer, Volunteer Manager, at 507.344.9108 or via email

As part of our current safety protocols, the Teen Volunteer Playworker Program has been temporarily paused.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to welcome the next team of Teen Volunteer Playworkers soon.