9910 (WORKREATION) - Public Service Trainee

School Year 2016-2017

Recruitment #TEX-9910-069141




Are you a student between the ages of 14 and 18? How would you like to gain valuable work experience, earn some extra money, meet some new friends during the school year? The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's Workreation Program may be your ticket to a great school year!


Now in our 57th year, this program has offered local young people the opportunity to become a part of the workforce, tackle new challenges, learn responsibility, professionalism and gain valuable job skills. There are many interesting and rewarding jobs that could benefit from your youthful energy, enthusiasm, special skills and expertise. Read on for more information!



Eligible high school students can apply to one of five types of WORKREATION jobs that they are interested in.  The different types of jobs include:


1) Office Assistant: Apply for a job working in Recreation and Parks offices with our department's administrative staff.  Learn how the different parts of the department are run and help out with administrative tasks in our Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Support Services, and other units.  Work hours are from 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM on weekdays.


2) After School Leader: Do you enjoy working with kids?  Apply to work in one of Recreation and Parks afterschool programs in one of our Recreation Centers or neighborhood parks.  Help with after school recreation activities including sports, arts & crafts, cooking, field trips, and special events.  Work hours are from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM on weekdays.


3) Facility Assistant: Apply for a job in one of Recreation and Parks many Recreation Centers or Playgrounds.  Working in one of our facilities, you will be responsible for facility preparation including set up and/or breakdown for events, facility monitoring, interacting with the public at the front desk, and maintaining the facility's public displays.  Work hours vary.


4) Aquatics Assistant: Do you enjoy time at the pool?  Apply to work in one of Recreation and Parks different pools and assist our Senior Swimming Instructors and Life Guards.  Lifeguarding experience is required.  Work hours vary.


5) Green Assistant: Enjoy working in the outdoors?  Apply for a job assisting our gardeners in keeping our parks clean and beautiful including planting and weeding.  Work hours are 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturdays only.


For more information on how to apply for one of these jobs, please see below.


The basic work week is up to 10 hours weekly.  Schedules will vary depending on the assignment.  Tentatively, the school year program will run mid-October 2016 through early April 2017.


Employees must attend mandatory workshops, trainings, and orientation sessions. Work schedules may include weekends and evenings. These positions are subject to budgetary constraints. 


Appointment type: Temporary Exempt.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Applicant must be a currently enrolled high school student AND be 14 years or older and not over 18 years of age for school year 2016-2017. (Verification of age will be required.)


2. Applicant must possess a Social Security Card, valid picture identification, and documents that establish both identity and employment eligibility, such as birth certificate, state issued proof of identity or proof of a legal right to work in the United States.


3. Applicant must be a San Francisco resident OR attend school in San Francisco during the academic year 2015-2016 OR have a parent who works in San Francisco (Proof may be requested at any time).


All applicants MUST be able to work at least eight hours during the week during the following times:

Monday - Thursday,  3:00 pm - 6:00 pm and/or 

Friday, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm and/or 

Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 


Successful candidates will be required to obtain a Work Permit.  HOWEVER, students should NOT request a work permit until notified of a job offer.



Experience in leadership, volunteer work, participation in organized art or sport activities; ability to type, word processing and/or computer graphics skills; bilingual skills, including American Sign Language (ASL); strong verbal communication skills; ability to write well; participation in a sport, art, or day camp and experience working in ethnically and socially diverse communities are desired. Of particular interest is direct experience in recreation/aquatics, gardening or office/clerical work.


Successful applicants will be offered employment on an as-needed basis and serve at the pleasure of the Appointing Officer.

How To Apply

To apply for a job in the WORKREATION program, you must complete the online application, including the supplemental application.  On the supplemental application, select the type of job you are interested in as described at the top of this announcement.  To access the application, click on the link at the bottom of this announcement.


Applications must be submitted by Monday, August 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM. Hand delivered or faxed applications will NOT be accepted.



Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the job announcement: 9910 (WORKREATION) Public Service Trainee - TEX-9910-069141)
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.  Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Steve Woo, at 415-831-2775, or by email at stephan.woo@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

All completed applications will be reviewed in detail.  Selected students will be invited to interview on one of the dates listed below.  Previous paid or volunteer experience with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department does NOT guarantee employment. 



WORKREATION interview dates and location are as follows:


County Fair Building

1199 9th Avenue @ Lincoln

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Thursday September 8, 2016


We appreciate your understanding as we cannot accommodate interviews outside of these dates.  Please plan accordingly.


Employment processing for applicants selected for a WORKREATION job will be September 24th at 501 Stanyan Street. 


Important Information:


1. Applications must be filled out by the job seeker him/herself. While it may seem helpful, parents, guardians, teachers or counselors may NOT prepare or submit the application. The information provided on the application and supplemental application will be used to screen applicants and should come from and be prepared by the student directly to ensure accuracy.


2. Applicants should keep a copy of the email confirmation notice that verifies the application was submitted as well as copies of their application materials and any other documents submitted. The Recreation and Park Department is not responsible for unsubmitted or misdirected applications sent to the wrong recruitment or other city department. Without documented proof of timely submission, applications in question will not be considered.


3. Applicants are advised to maintain the e-mail account that was used to register with JobAps. To ensure that important information does not get directed into a 'Bulk Mail' or 'SPAM' folder, applicants are reminded to allow messages from the following City and County e-mail extensions: @sfgov.org. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is not responsible for information that was sent to an invalid or closed e-mail account.


Successful applicants will be offered employment on an as-needed basis and serve at the pleasure of the Appointing Officer.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.


Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

Exam Type: TEX 
Issued: 8/19/16  
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-9910-069141                                
REC/ SW / 415-831-2775

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