Youth Employment Programs

San Francisco Recreation and Parks is the perfect introduction to the work force for city youth. We partner with other city agencies and organizations to place nearly 500 teens in our parks, programs, recreation centers and offices each year, providing a unique, fun experience for youth workers.

Our Workreation Program, now in its 60th year, has provided generations of city teens with their first work experience, and our Greenager Program focuses on leadership, park stewardship and community service projects for teens in the southeast and northeast neighborhoods in the city.

  1. Workreation
  2. Greenagers


Workreation: Where job experience and recreation meet.

Over the past 60 years, the Workreation program has provided young people with early work experience in our parks. Teens, ages 14-17, who either live or go to school in San Francisco, are eligible to apply for a Workreation job. Teens can apply for school year positions to work after school and on Saturdays, and summer positions to work in day camps, aquatic centers, admin offices, rec centers or parks. We hire about 50 teens for the school year and over 150 teens for the summer. The pay rate is minimum wage (currently $16.66/hr) and teens can work up to 10 hours per week during the school year and up to 20-25 hours per week during the summer. The Workreation program also offers workshops throughout the year in job readiness and life skills, not only for our teen workers, but for all teens in San Francisco. 

Types of Jobs

  • Camp Assistant
  • Swimming Pool Assistant
  • Recreation Center/Facility Assistant
  • Gardening Assistant
  • Office Assistant

**The application filing period for SF Recreation and Park Department Workreation (summer 2020) CLOSED in early January and we are scheduling interviews in February. Applicants will be notified of the next steps via email so please ensure that your email accepts incoming emails from @sfgov.org (check Spam or Bulk mail folders).

9910 Information Packet

Other Youth Employment Opportunities

Please contact the following organizations for additional youth employment opportunities in San Francisco:


If you have any questions please email workreation@sfgov.org or call 415-831-6812.