Teen Volunteer Playworker Program

Teen Volunteer Playworker Program 2019 – 2020
at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is currently accepting applications for our Teen Volunteer Playworker program. Applicants must be in grade 7 – 12 during the application year. Application deadlines are January 4 for the spring session (January – May), May 1 for the summer program (June – August), and August 15 for the fall session.


What is a Teen Volunteer Playworker?

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.

What does a Teen Volunteer Playworker do?

Play! 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.

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

Serve! 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:
• Willingness to embrace informal learning opportunities.
• Providing a high level of enthusiastic customer service.
• Modeling play and engaging visitors in exhibits and activities.
• Answering visitor questions about the Museum and seeking out answers if not known.
• Resetting exhibits and activities on an as-needed basis.
• Performing some janitorial duties.
• Providing for a suitable level of safety for visitors.

Teen Volunteer Playworker qualifications include:
• Enthusiasm and support for the Museum.
• Enjoyment of and enthusiasm for children and families.
• Dependability, self-motivation, creativity, and flexibility.
• Being visitor-focused.
• Parent or guardian permission and support.
• Attending 7th through 12th grade in the application year
• Committing to a minimum of 2 hours per week.

For more information about the Teen Volunteer Playworker Program, contact Heather Ungerer, Volunteer Manager, at 507.344.9108 or via email. Download your copy of the Teen Volunteer Playworker application here.