Workreation is an employment program designed for young people ages 14-17. It is the first step in the career pathway for those seeking to learn more about what it means to provide public service through municipal recreation. 2018 marks the 58th year of the workreation program.
The Workreation program is the most unique and oldest youth employment program west of the Mississippi River. This program was started in 1954 in Oakland when a group of concerned citizens wanted to address issues around youth inactivity during the summer. The developed the concept of of blending together work and recreation as a way to keep youth busy.
The program migrated to San Francisco in 1959 when city leaders became worried about their juvenile delinquency rate increasing. When the program first began in San Francisco there were 4 sectors that the youth could work in: the recreation division, park division, music division, and aquatic division. The hours assigned for each youth worker were 4 to work and 2 to recreate. The program originally focused on 15 -16 year old boys and trained them in the park section where they would do work such as picking up trash, weeding, and general cleanup of the parks. They were paid $1.00 a day, in total $150.00 dollars for the whole summer.
Over the past 57 years, the Workreation program has evolved from the ages of youth we target, to the types of jobs we currently offer. 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 200 teens for the summer. The pay rate is minimum wage 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 offers workshops throughout the year in job readiness and life skills not only for our teen workers, but are open to all teens in San Francisco.
How to apply:
Step 1: Go to the website: www.jobaps.com/sf
Step 2: Scroll Down and find “Department” search box. Select “Recreation and Parks”
Step 3: Scroll down to 9910 (WORKREATION) Public Service Trainee and click on the link
Step 4: Read the the job description and the job announcement. At the bottom of the announcement, click the link “Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.”
Step 7: Choose either “I am a new user” or “I have registered previously”
- New User: Fill out registration
- Applied Before: Put your user ID and password (if you have an existing account and have applied before but FORGOT YOUR USERNAME and/or PASSWORD: please scroll down and click the link to retrieve your information.
**Note: The e-mail you use in jobaps.com (when you apply) will be the point of contact to give you notifications regarding interview dates/times and if you have been accepted or not. Please try to use an e-mail address that you regularly check. Please check your Spam/ Junk Folder as some e-mails may be directed there and look out for any @sfgov.org address.
Important Workreation Dates:
- Applications will be accepted beginning December 18, 2017 and are due by 4:30pm on January 16, 2018.
- Interviews will be February 6-10 at the County Fair Building (1199 9th Avenue @ Lincoln).
- Selected applications will need to reserve April 7th & April 14th for processing.
- Mandatory and paid Workreation Orientation will be mid-May.
- Summer Workreation program tentatively concludes mid-August 2018.
Day Camp Assistant - Serving as a Junior Counselors at one of our 90 different camps throughout San Francisco
Swimming Pool Assistant - Working at one of our nine aquatic centers, assisting our finest aquatic facility supervisors
Recreation Center (Facility) Assistant - Assisting a facility coordinator at one of our 82 recreation centers and club houses with various tasks related to the building operations
"I like having the opportunity to take on new challenges, because it makes me become a better worker! I also love building new friendships at work between co-workers and supervisors. We are all like one big family here. "
Gardening Assistant - Assisting in our parks, working with gardening and park staff, performing outdoor tasks.
Office Assistant - Performing administrative tasks in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Support Services, and other administrative divisions.
Workreation does not only focus on employing young people and giving them valuable work experience, but also training them before and during their jobs! We offer a multitude of diverse workshops ranging from being a new youth worker, all the way to team building, so you can connect with your co-workers on the job! There are no requirements for these workshops, but they are a first come basis! Each workshop will be 2 hours long, will be open for about 30-50 kids depending on the workshop. So we encourage you to always check our website for more details.
Job Application Assistance
|Saturdays||12/23/17 & 1/6/18||10am-12pm||Betty Ann Ong Rec Center||1199 Mason St.||(415) 359-9103|
|Daily||12/18/17- 1/16/18||12pm-2pm||Joseph Lee Rec Center||1395 Mendell St.||(415) 970-9204|
|Saturday||01/06/18||1pm-3pm||Tenderloin Children's Playground||570 Ellis St.||(415) 292-2162|
|Thursday||01/11/18||4pm-6pm||Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center||650 Capitol Ave.||(415) 337-4710|
|Friday||01/13/18||5pm-7pm||Gene Friend @ SoMa Rec Center||270 6th St.||(415) 554-9532|
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Interview Prep Workshops
|Saturday||1/27/2018||10am-12pm||Sunset Rec Center||2201 Lawton St||(415) 242-1070|
|Thursday||2/1/2018||5pm-7pm||Tenderloin Children’s Playground||570 Ellis St||(415) 292-2162|
|Friday||2/2/2018||5pm-7pm||Joseph Lee Rec Center||1395 Mendell St||(415) 970-9204|
|Saturday||2/3/2018||10am-12pm||Glen Park Rec Center||70 Elk St||(415) 239-4008|
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Please contact Kay Rodrigues at (415) 831-6812 or email email@example.com for more information or to register for these Workshops.