2019 Arboretum PeaPods for Preschoolers
Job Description

PeaPods CIT's will serve as a role model for young learners, as CIT's share their skills, creativity and enthusiasm for plants and nature with children ages 3-5. CIT's will assist PeaPods program staff and volunteers with providing a friendly, welcoming and safe learning environment for young participants and their adults, as well as helping out with set-up and clean-up duties.


Applicants must:

  • Be at least 12 years old as of May 1, 2019
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow directions and work well with others
  • Love plants, nature and being out-of-doors in all types of weather
  • Enjoy working with young children
  • Show a positive attitude and be able to contribute to a fun learning environment
  • Be willing to contribute ideas and work on different projects

Responsibilities and expectations

CIT's will be expected to:

  • Attend the mandatory one-day CIT orientation on Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Create a warm, welcoming environment and build relationships with preschoolers at the activity station they staff each week
  • Model appropriate behavior that conveys this is a safe, friendly place for all to learn; show enthusiasm and a great attitude during all activities
  • Assist the program leader and volunteers with set-up and clean-up at weekly activity stations
  • Be an Arboretum Ambassador who demonstrates respect for the setting and for other visitors
  • Refrain from any device usage during PeaPods program times


  • CIT's will be expected to commit to a minimum of one morning per week between mid-June and mid-August.
  • The PeaPods CIT program is a good fit for someone interested in a half-day per week commitment through this 10 week summer program.  
  • As they return weekly, CIT's will get to know the children and their families, and be able to help provide a consistent experience.
  • CIT's will be expected to arrive ½ hour before the PeaPods program starts to help set up the day's activities including what to do at their assigned station
  • CIT's will be expected to stay ½ hour after the program concludes to help with clean-up. 
  • Please refer to the PeaPods webpage http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/PeaPods.aspx for the program description, times and dates. 
  • Note there are two options:
    • Thursday morning series
    • Friday morning series
    • Once successful applicants are chosen, CIT's will submit the dates that match their schedules.  
  • PeaPods program staff will create the final schedule. 
  • To maintain program consistency, we ask that CIT's miss no more than two sessions over the course of the summer.
  • CIT participants must attend the mandatory one-day CIT orientation on Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Please call or email Sandy Tanck for more information

Thanks for your interest in becoming a PeaPods CIT!

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