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!

Youth Opportunities

YES! Youth Engaged in Service

YES! is a job readiness and leadership development program for youth ages 13-19 that will connect you to a broad range of service and training opportunities preparing you for the working world. YES participants can work individually or in small teams on a project and will be partnered with an adult mentor and support the operations and programming at a Seattle Parks and Recreation facility, park or program. YES is inclusive and will help build skills and confidence that extend into the school year and beyond. By participating a minimum of 120 program hours, 60 service hours can go towards your high school graduation requirement and for the remaining 60 service hours, receive a stipend of $150.

Questions? Please contact: gwen.wessels@seattle.gov. Please sign up for the email distribution list to receive program applications and other information automatically.

Deadline: The 2018 Sumer YES Program is no longer accepting applications.

Leaders in Equity, Environment, and Facilitation (LEEF)

LEEF is an environmental leadership program for young adults coming from low-income households, ages 17-21 and living in Seattle, WA. It is 3 years old and was created to address the employment and access gap for youth of color, low-income youth, and LGBTQ youth in the facilitation and environmental education fields. We provide a paid opportunity for 4-H certification for Challenge Course Facilitation at Camp Long, as well as environmental education training so that LEEF alum can take these tools back to their community (or bring their communities here) and use them to build relationships among others and nature.

For more information please check out the LEEF Flyer .

Questions? Please contact: Stephanie Ung at stephanie.ung@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9651 or Matt Kostle at matt.kostle@seattle.gov or (206) 348-9574.

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

The Youth Participatory Action Research Team provides a unique and exciting opportunity for young people to gain employment skills, understand important social issues, and work collaboratively to make change in their communities. YPAR participants will work alongside teammates to share and learn about the basics of race & equity in our society. All YPAR participants will work as a team to create art and media projects while researching important social justice issues. At the end of the program, each participant will pursue an original project on the topic of their choice which will showcase what they have learned throughout the program. All participants will display their projects at a special community event.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Attending a minimum of 60 hours of approved program time
  • Actively participating in all group activities including discussions, workshops, art projects, writing assignments, off-site visits, etc.
  • Creating an individual project for final exhibition to educate the community and demonstrate personal learning
  • Completing all independent assignments promptly
  • Coming to each program session with an open mind and willingness to learn
  • Treating all fellow participants, mentors, and guests respectfully
  • Maintaining a positive and professional work environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • No previous experience necessary
  • Interest in learning about racial, social, and environmental justice issues
  • Desire to educate others and work to make change in your communities
  • Willingness to contribute ideas and try new things
  • Ability to contribute effectively and respectfully in a team environment

Questions? Please contact: teen.programs@seattle.gov. Please sign up for the email distribution list to receive program applications and other information automatically.

Deadline: October 5th, 2018 by 5 pm (in staff hands and not postmarked by)

Download YPAR 2018 Fall Application

Youth Career Training Program

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.

All classes run from 10 am - 6 pm. In order to register please email Monique Calderon at monique.calderon@seattle.gov or call 206-225-0082. Please include the participant's name, phone number and email address.  

Student Teen Employment Preparation - STEP

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 be working collaboratively and directly with the community. Previous examples of projects include: offering summer enrichment activities at parks, organizing and hosting community events, mixed media projects, environmental related projects, and creating public awareness presentations.

As part of a STEP team, participants will:

  • Meet new friends and network with mentors in the community
  • Work collaboratively on a team
  • Gain leadership, life, and pre-employment skills

Participants 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.

Deadline: The 2018 Summer STEP Program is no longer accepting applications.

Summer of Service (SOS)

The SOS program is for students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in Fall 2018. 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 surrounding community and environment.

Participants involved in this intensive summer program will learn about issues affecting their communities and then design their own project to take action. Previous projects have included: waste reduction and composting, organizing and implementing community events and habitat and trail restoration.

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 and educational 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. Please sign up for the email distribution list to receive program applications and other information automatically.

Deadline: The 2018 SOS Program is no longer accepting applications.

Additional Summer Opportunities

Are you exploring other options this summer? Please check out the Summer 2018 Job Resources list that includes infomation about additional opportunities that you may be interested in. These opportunities all have different eligibility/applications requirements, timelines and experiences so if any sound interesting, please reach out to the organizations directly.

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.