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

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

YPAR is a project-based program for high-school students ages 14-19. We will explore important social justice questions, do community-based research and then build a social justice campaign in response to what we learn. We will:

  • Build strong relationships with local organizations
  • Learn how to do community-based research
  • Empower youth voice and decision-making
  • Stretch our critical thinking
  • Practice important organizing and planning skills
  • Have fun with art, music, community-building events, games and trips along the way 

The program will be offered at Garfield Teen Life Center (428 23rd Ave, 98122) and Meadowbrook Teen Life Center (10750 30th Ave NE, 98125) with priority given to youth who live or go to school in the Central District and Lake City community, but applications are open to all. In the application, please select which location you prefer. Participants who complete the program will receive $1000 stipend (disbursed in two increments) and 20 service hours.

Both YPAR cohorts will be meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 pm to 6:30 pm, October 17, 2017 through April 12, 2018.

The deadline for 2017 Fall YPAR application has passed. Please check back for future opportunities. 

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.

The deadline for summer YCTP program applications has passed. Please check back later for fall program dates.

2017 Race: The Power of an Illusion Training Dates

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 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. The deadline for the 2017 Summer STEP program has passed. Please check back later for future STEP Program application dates or sign-up for the email distribution list to the right.

YES! Youth Engaged in Service

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. The deadline for the 2017 Summer YES program has passed. Please check back later for future YES Program application dates or sign-up for the email distribution list to the right.

Summer of Service (SOS)

The SOS program is for students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in Fall 2017. 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. The deadline for the 2017 SOS program has passed. Please check back later for future SOS Program application dates or sign-up for the email distribution list to the right.

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.