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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 61st 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.
Are you a student between the ages of 14 and 17? Do you enjoy working with youth? Do you love assisting customers? How about working outdoors? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then apply to work for San Francisco Recreation and Parks’ Workreation Youth Employment Program.
Now in our 63rd year, the Workreation program has offered local young people the opportunity to become a part of the workforce, tackle new challenges, learn responsibility and professionalism, and gain valuable job skills. There are many interesting and rewarding jobs that can benefit from your youthful energy, enthusiasm, special skills and expertise.
Assignments are in various neighborhood park and recreation center locations and include leading activities such as arts and crafts, sports, cooking, gardening, facility support and so much more. The basic work week schedule is Monday through Friday or Tuesday through Saturday and up to 10 hours weekly. Schedules will vary depending on the assignment and may include evenings and weekends.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-831-6812.
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The Greenager Program is a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Port of San Francisco youth stewardship and leadership program, supported by the San Francisco Parks Alliance, that runs from June through November each year. The program was created and designed to offer teens a chance to play an important role in the community by improving the city’s green spaces, raising awareness, creating place-based projects and/or projects based on issues or themes participants value and are interested in.
The Greenager Program is for teenagers that live in or attend a school in the southeast or northeast neighborhoods of San Francisco. Greenagers are trained and provided with multiple leadership opportunities. They facilitate workshops, lead public volunteer service projects, participate in community events, go on fun team excursions and more.
Our goal is to create a safe atmosphere in which youth can learn about the importance of the preservation of our parks and open spaces, voice their concerns about their environment and community, and take action while gaining fundamental job and life skills, push and challenge their perceived limitations, bond with like-minded peers and have fun all in their own backyard!
- Program established in 2012 with a crew based in southeast SF
- In 2017, added a second crew based in northeast of SF
- 87 teens have successfully completed the program, 21 have returned as leaders for a second year
- Coastal Clean Up site captains since 2013
- Engaged with over 500 community members and key stakeholders
- Service provided in over 20 different parks and opens spaces in San Francisco
- 8,300 hours of service to our city’s parks and open spaces, community events and rec centers
- Received Board of supervisor’s program commendation on July 29, 2014
- Annual sailing excursion with Blue Water Foundation and other fun adventures including camping to get youth outdoors
- 1st year Greenagers can earn up to $200/month
- 2nd year Greenager leaders can earn up $250/month
- Earn community service credit (varies by school)
- Forge new long-lasting friendships
- Gain valuable and transferable job skills
- Advance your leadership & public speaking skills
- Gain professional work experience
- Explore new parks, rec centers & open spaces
- Learn about SF’s native flora and fauna
- Looks great on your resume
Who can be a Greenager?
To be a Greenager you must meet the criteria below:
- You must live in or attend a school in the Southeast Sector of San Francisco (Excelsior, Portola, Bayview, Hunter’s Point, Visitation Valley, Crocker Amazon, or Potrero Hill) or Northeast Sector of San Francisco (Western Addition, Tenderloin and Chinatown); or you must be referred to us by one of our direct partners
- Must be a 9th to 12th grade student
- Must be able to commit to the full program
How do I apply?
To apply, complete our online application.
If you have questions about the program, please e-mail email@example.com or call 415-831-6319.
The San Francisco Parks Alliance is the fiscal sponsor of the Greenagers Program
The Port of San Francisco is a core partner of the Greenager Program