Children's Garden Program
Counselor in Training (CIT)
Job Description

CIT's have the unique opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience while demonstrating: a positive attitude, strong work ethic, social and environmental respect, responsibility, and many other characteristics the Arboretum staff and volunteers model for program participants. Youth applicants must be 12-17 years of age and receive written permission from a legal parent or guardian.

Please note, Children's Garden CIT's will only be allowed to volunteer with garden groups that are younger than the CIT themselves.

Responsibilities & Expectations

  • Provide consistent presence by attending 80% of respective program dates
  • Assist garden leaders in set-up and tear-down before and after programming
  • Model appropriate behavior to promote a safe and enjoyable learning environment
  • Participate in all programming activities and maintain a positive attitude throughout
  • Motivate, encourage, and assist gardeners with Children's Garden programming activities
  • Contribute to a welcoming environment by building relationships with program participants
  • Be an Arboretum ambassador who demonstrates respect for the physical and social environment
  • CIT participants must attend the mandatory one-day CIT orientation on Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 12 years old as of May 1st, 2019
  • Enjoy collaboration, special projects, gardening, and nature related education
  • Are willing to work with children outdoors in a wide range of weather conditions
  • Demonstrated ability to follow directions, build relationships, and work well with others
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and contribute to a fun, enjoyable learning environment
  • Have completed 2 years in the Children's Garden program or have other gardening experience

CIT Commitment Expectations

  • CIT's will be expected to commit to a minimum of one morning or afternoon per week between mid-June and mid-August, arriving ½ hour before programming begins and staying ½ hour after programming ends. 
  • CIT's are also expected to assist with their respective Children's Garden group's planting days as well as the end of summer Children's Garden Harvest Fair picnic. 
  • In an effort to provide a consistent mentorship program for Children's Garden participants, CIT applicants are strongly encouraged to honestly assess their ability to commit for the entirety of the program dates and times. 
  • We ask that you miss no more than two programming days over the course of the summer. 
  • All planting days and programming dates are listed on the Arboretum's website: 
  • CIT participants must attend the mandatory one-day CIT orientation on Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

With Questions Please Contact

Ian Williams, Children's Garden Program Coordinator
Telephone: (612) 301-3480


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