Employment Opportunities

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Employment Programs

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is seeking qualified individuals for a variety of positions. These are the possible jobs which will be available in Fall 2017/Spring and Summer 2018 with applicable pay rates up until June 30, 2017.

  • 2708 Custodian (As-Needed Pool) $24.40
  • 3208 Lifeguard (As-Needed Pool) $19.73 – we do offer lifeguard training classes
  • 3278 Recreation Facility Assistant (As-Needed Pool) $15.45
  • 3279 Recreation Leader (3 levels) $17.03–$26.21 (Program Assistant $17.03 requires 500 hours or Program Instructor $19.66 requires at least 1,000 hours and if you possess a certificate, it may go to $26.21)
  • 3410 Apprentice Gardener (Permanent Civil Service test) $19.06
  • 3417 Gardener (Permanent Civil Service test) $28.51
  • 8208 Park Patrol Officer (Permanent Civil Service test) $27.23–$33.10

Summer Only

3264 Camp Assistant either with Camp Mather (in Yosemite Valley and includes full room & board) OR SF Day Camps (Weekday hours only) Culinary Jobs – Cook or Assistant Cook.

For more information on minimum qualifications and job descriptions, please leave voicemail message at (415) 831-2726 or email More information about our department or available positions can be found at, and

The City and County of San Francisco is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Woman and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program session.

Please return and apply for our 2019-2020 program year. Applications will be available in February of 2019.

 What is the Greenager Program?

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Port of San Francisco Greenagers Program, is an outdoor Youth Leadership Program. 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.

What is the Greenager Program’s Mission?

The Greenagers’ mission is to empower youth from the Southeast and Northeast sector of San Francisco to become community and environmental youth leaders through civic engagement, park stewardship and outdoor recreation opportunities.

What do Greenagers do?

Greenagers work in various parks and open spaces throughout San Francisco, meet with various Rec and Park staff, Port of San Francisco staff, community members and partners. Greenagers are primarily responsible for planning and leading volunteer work days within their community. Participants meet and work with teens their own age, collaborate with other youth organizations and gain crucial skills in facilitating workshops, networking, public speaking, teamwork, environmental education, and community engagement.  Workdays could be a day picking up micro litter from parks, it could be planting native plants to create habitat for wildlife, it could be weeding invasive plants out from a sensitive habitat to allow native plants to grow, it could be pruning overgrown bushes to clear sight lines and make parks safer, it could be hosting a volunteer group in the park to teach them about native plants, it could be leading hikes, etc. We encourage Greenagers to drive the types of community projects they would like to see and implement in their community.

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 or 10th grade student.
  • Must be able to commit to the full 8-month program that runs from June -January.

How do I Apply?

We are not accepting applications at this time. Please visit this page in February of 2019 to apply for next year's program.

This apprenticeship program is a public / private partnership between the City and County of San Francisco, the Northern California District Council of Laborers, the Department of Apprenticeship Standards of the State of California, San Francisco City College, the Mayors' Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Laborers', Local 261. It is a State of California certified program through the Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

Successful participants will complete no less than 4000 hours of supervised on-the-job training in the field in addition to successful completion of 5 horticulture courses: including OH 50 Introduction to Horticulture, OH 76/77 Plant Identification Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. All courses and instruction are provided by the City College of San Francisco's Department of Horticulture and Floristry. All classroom instruction is in addition to work hours and unpaid.

Candidates for this apprenticeship must possess a superior work ethic, the desire to work with and for the public at large, the ability to follow directives and complete assigned tasks, a professional appearance, attention to detail and the ability to work alone and in groups. Their focus should be towards stewardship of the land and its resources, preservation and improvement of the City and County parks and green spaces, sustainability and leaving a lasting legacy.

The inaugural class of 10 apprentices was launched December 13th 2010 at the Recreation and Park Department. This Apprenticeship Program is based out of Golden Gate Park and works Monday through Friday from 7:00AM to 3:30PM. The apprentices work a 40 hour week with a starting wage of $16.39 per hour. Raises are given at 5% increments per 500 hours worked, with a maximum rate of $23.83 per hour. Apprentices agree to be available to work all days and hours based on department need and assignment. Availability and attendance of night classes at the City College of San Francisco is also required.

Further information and photos can be found on the blog.

Please send all inquiries to:

John R. Raulli

Director of Apprenticeship

LiUNA!, Local 261/SFRPD

Workreation is a student job training and employment program that is an integral part of the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department’s mentor-ship program. The program is designed for teens age 14‐17.This year marks our 57th year of running the program.

Please Proceed to our Workreation Program Page

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The Youth Stewardship Program(YSP) is a free environmental service learning program for teachers and educators citywide. Each year, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association, we hire and train four seasonal Environmental Education interns to run and implement all facets of YSP.

The Youth Stewardship Program's mission is to foster in youth an understanding of their important role in helping to build healthy social and natural communities.

Since 1997, YSP educators have served over 20,900 youth. To learn more about the program and how to apply for the 2018-2019 program year, click on the link below.

Youth Stewardship Program