Thank you for visiting our Workreation page. If you are interested in working during the 2019-2020 school year please contact MYEEP ( or call (415) 202-7944). The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Workreation’s  next hiring cycle will be summer 2020. Summer applications for the 9910 Workreation position with SFRPD will post online at the end of December ( If you have any questions please email or call 415-831-6812.

Workreation Update

Applicants who passed the minimum requirements can expect to be interviewed in early February.  Interview Prep Workshops are available for students who would like to practice for their interview.  Click on  the “Workshop” tab for more information.  If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact our Workreation Team … Continue reading

Step 1: Go to the website:

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 6: Check the box that says: “I agree with the above terms of use.

Step 7: Choose either “I am a new user” or “I have registered previously”

Step 8:

  • 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 (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 address.

  • Applications for our summer program will be available on Friday, December the 14th, 2018 and closes on January 7th, 2019 at 4:30pm.
  • If you scheduled an interview and need to reschedule, please contact LilliAnn Bobila at 415-831-2731  24 hours in advance.  Reschedules are on an as-available basis.
  • Job offers will be made during the third week of February 2019.

Camp Assistant - Serving as a Junior Counselors at one of our 100+ different camps throughout San Francisco.

Preston helping out with tennis (2)“I love how interactive this job is, how every day I get to teach kids about sports and school! This job is very meaningful to me.”





Swimming Pool Assistant - Working at one of our nine aquatic centers, assisting our finest aquatic facility supervisors

James teaching swimming"I became a youth worker because, when I was little I used to see youth workers and thought that they made a difference. Now, I have the opportunity to make a difference."





Recreation Center (Facility) Assistant - Assisting a facility coordinator at one of our 50 recreation centers and club houses with various tasks related to the building operations

jimmy at sunset rec. typing (2)"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.

IMG_3644"I enjoy the variety of experience I receive everyday coming to work! I believe that this experience will help me in the future with my career!"





Office Assistant - Performing administrative tasks in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Support Services, and other administrative divisions.

Denia working at computer“I like how my job is so close to home and all of my co workers are so friendly. I love how everyday they have something for me to do, not just sit around being bored.”





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.

9910 Summer Job Prep Workshops

Please contact Kay Rodrigues at (415) 831-6812 or email for more information or to register for these Workshops.



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.



Workreation flyerDenia working at computer

Over the past 58 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 150 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.

Letters From 1959


1959 Summer Workreation Opportunities


First Workreation Pamphlet