FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7th, 2014
Connie Chan, SF Rec and Park
SF Rec and Park to Hire 426 Youth Workers
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today besides posting on Human Resources’ bulletin, the Department is breaking out the old fashion way of recruiting youth workers. The Department has found new ways to recruit dynamic people, especially youth workers, who can be approachable to children and families, confident to be active and play, able to see kids’ viewpoint, also are enthusiastic, patient, flexible with good judgment, and skilled in specific areas such as surfing, skateboarding, cooking and etc are a plus!
“We want to provide meaningful work experience and a paycheck to San Francisco youth so we set them up for success now and in the future,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “That’s why we are recruiting our dynamic youth to join the City and County of San Francisco, and this summer, we are hiring 426 people for Recreation and Park Department, and 220 of those will be part of our City’s ‘Workreation’ Program.”
“SF Rec and Park provides a fun and safe work environment for our youth workers so they can be appreciated for their talents and further develop their job skills,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are excited that under Mayor Lee’s leadership, we now have the support and resources to offer job opportunity to so many youth.”
The Department will be launching special web page friendly to youth online users (www.sfrecpark.org/recreation-jobs), and job postings on variety of websites such as Extended Learning Collaborative, California School Age Consortium, and more, to recruit youth workers.
Currently, the Department has three workforce development programs serving youth and adults, the programs are Workreation, Greenagers and Gardener Apprenticeship Program. The programs are designed to develop job skills and provide on the professional trainings related to operation and management in the areas of recreation and parks.
Workreation participants work in a variety of recreational, aquatic, horticultural, administrative and athletic positions throughout the Department. Youth work for 10 hours per week during the school year, and they will have the opportunity to foster leadership and problem solving skills while working alongside others as well as gaining an understanding of teamwork and community. In addition, the participants will also develop job-related skills such as safety awareness, job retention, program planning and implementation, communication skills and first aid care.
Greenagers, a youth program to educate the next generation of community leader and build a greener environment for a sustainable ecological future. Greenagers, is under the umbrella of the SF Rec and Park’s Youth Stewardship Program that provides free outdoor educational opportunities for youth to learn about environmental impact and natural areas. The goal of Greenagers is to provide workforce development opportunities and support for high school students who are looking to become the leaders in stewarding San Francisco’s recreational and natural areas.
Gardener Apprenticeship Program
The Gardener Apprenticeship Program is the first of its kind in California. The program is also a public and private partnership between the RPD, Local 261, Mayors’ Office of Economic and Workforce Development, San Francisco City College, the Northern California District Council of Laborers, and the Department of Apprenticeship Standards of the State of California. It is a State of California certified program through the Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Apprenticeship Standards.
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 has been directed toward stewardship of the land and its resources, preservation and improvement of the City and County parks and green spaces, and sustainability.
Deputy Director of Public Affairs
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department | City & County of San Francisco
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