San Diego City Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

 As the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, more San Diegans will be looking to find meaningful employment. In response, the city of San Diego is devoting resources to help get people back to work and provide high-quality services to the public.

The city is actively hiring for a variety of positions, including recreation leaders and sanitation drivers. For teens and young adults seeking employment, the Summer Youth Environmental and Recreation Corps Program is designed to help those in communities of concern who are looking to work this summer.  

“As we continue our recovery from the pandemic, the city of San Diego needs passionate public servants who are ready to help our city get back on track and back to work,” Mayor Todd Gloria said. “Whether you’re interested in our Summer Youth Environmental and Recreation Corps or are looking for a new career, the City has diverse job offerings for San Diegans of all ages and skills. You can make a difference in your community and create a better San Diego for all of us.” 

With $250,000 dedicated in Mayor Todd Gloria’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal, the Summer Youth Environmental and Recreation Corps program offers a number of opportunities for teenagers to enter the job market through employment with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. 

The department has immediate openings for recreation leaders and will soon have openings for recreation aides who will work with existing staff on programs and activities as recreation centers prepare to reopen. Parks and Recreation is also seeking applicants to become pool guards and swimming pool managers. 

Additional employment opportunities at the city include working in the Environmental Services Department as a Sanitation Driver Trainee. Trainees will drive refuse packers, manually dump materials, transport trash and yard waste to the landfill, and provide customer service. Those hired will be eligible to participate in the Collection Services Academy and may become qualified to career advance.  

The city of San Diego is one of the largest workforces in the region and offers competitive benefits, generous saving plans, and opportunities for advancement. To learn more about the variety of employment opportunities in the city for youth and adults, please visit  

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