Job Opportunities for Teens

Seattle Parks and Recreation and other City agencies provide several different job programs and job types for teens, most in the summer. Some pay by the hour; for others, teens work for a stipend and/or service hours. Whether they're indoor or outdoor jobs, getting ready to go to work is an important step in your development into an adult. So whether you want to become a lifeguard or do physical work on trails and other park sites, give this page a look.

The purpose of offering jobs for Seattle teens is to provide you with personal growth opportunities, get you involved with your community, teach basic employment skills, and of course pay you some money!

Current Openings

Youth Career Training Program

Download the YCTP Summer Application

In an ever changing job market having the skills necessary to compete becomes increasingly important. Teens and young adults are at the greatest disadvantage for entering the workforce after getting out of school. YCTP works to engage youth before they graduate to develop their critical thinking and technical skills to prepare them for the 21st Century job market. Internships are available for youth ages 14 - 19 years old in fields such as athletics, fashion design, digital media, and cooking. Available internships change depending on the quarter with the majority being offered during the summer. Interested youth should request an application from the YCTP coordinator by emailing Monique Calderon at Monique.Calderon@seattle.gov or calling 206-225-0082. Applicants will be contacted about possible internship opportunities based on their skills and interests outlined in their application packet. 

Student Teen Employment Preparation - STEP

Download the STEP Summer Application

STEP is a project-based job readiness program that has teams of high school students ages 14-19 addressing a community need. STEP incorporates activities and training focused on job readiness soft skills, life skills, and leadership.

Participants involved in this intensive summer program will learn about issues affecting their communities and then design their own project to take action.  Teams of youth will learn about environmental and social justice issues.

As part of a team, participants will work collaboratively while gaining leadership and pre-employment skills.

  • Meet new friends and network with mentors in the community
  • Work collaboratively on a team
  • Gain leadership, life, and pre-employment skills
  • Take fun field trips around the city and in nature

You must successfully complete 120 program hours to be eligible for a $599 stipend. *This is an inclusive program, students in Transition programs qualify to apply.

Questions? Please contact: teen.programs@seattle.gov

YES! Youth Engaged in Service

Download the YES! Summer Application

YES is a job readiness and leadership development program for youth ages 13-18 that will connect you to a broad range of service and training opportunities preparing you for the working world. You will be placed with an adult mentor at a Parks and Recreation site such as a park or community center. You can earn service hours for your high school graduation requirement and receive a stipend of $150.

Questions? Please contact: teen.programs@seattle.gov

Summer of Service (SOS)

Download the SOS Summer Application

The SOS program will help you make a difference in your community while gaining leadership and work skills. Participants will collaborate on a team-based project and learn about the natural environment.

Participants involved in this intensive summer program will learn about issues affecting their communities and then design their own project to take action.  Teams of youth will learn about environmental and social justice issues.

As part of a team, participants will work collaboratively while gaining leadership and pre-employment skills.

  • Meet new friends and network with mentors in the community
  • Work collaboratively on a team
  • Gain leadership, life, and pre-employment skills
  • Take fun field trips around the city and in nature

Upon completion of SOS, you will receive a $150 stipend. Students entering 9th grade in the fall can also accumulate 15 hours of community service towards their high school graduation requirement.

Questions? Please contact: teen.programs@seattle.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about SOS, YES or STEP? Please check out the FAQ page.

Seattle Public Library Student Assistant Program

The Student Assistant Program is an exciting opportunity for teens and young adults to gain job experience, develop new skills, and work with a diverse group of people at the public library. While attending school, Student Assistants work between 12 and 15 hours per week at the Central Library or one of 26 Library branch locations. For more teen jobs with the Seattle Public Library, check out their teen jobs site.

Basketball Scorers and Timers

During basketball season (Fall-Winter), starting as early as October, community centers look for scorers and timers. Candidates must attend a mandatory training and need to be able to work on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the months of January through March. Basketball officials make $20 an hour to start. Scorers and timers are paid on a site by site basis. If you are interested, please ask at your local community center.

Seattle Goodwill

Seattle Goodwill offers some amazing things - job training, education, GED prep, career pathways, and cashiering/customer service/computer/retail classes. Check them out on their website or call 206-329-1000 or email goodwill@seattlegoodwill.org.