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Parks & Rec Summer Youth Employment Program

Creating an employment pipeline to prepare youth and young adults for public sector careers.

What we do

Each summer Parks & Rec hires youth and young adults to work at our sites. The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) provides Parks & Rec with WorkReady positions for those 14 to 24 years old.

All Parks & Rec WorkReady staff:

  • Assist at Parks & Rec sites across the city.
  • Build their communication and leadership skills.
  • Interact with both younger children and adult staff.
The Jr. WorkReady Program is for youth 14-18 years old.

Youth employed in this program:

  • Work at recreation centers and playgrounds.
  • Are paid $11.00 per hour.
  • Work 20 hours per week for six weeks (120 hours total).
  • Are employed from Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, August 12, 2022.
The Sr. WorkReady Program is for young adults ages 19-24 years old.

Youth employed in this program:

  • May work at recreation centers, Playstreets, or with special initiatives.
  • Are paid $13.00 per hour.
  • Work 35 hours per week for 8 weeks (280 hours total).
  • Are employed from Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, August 26, 2022.


1515 Arch St.
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Process and eligibility

Recruitment and processing for these positions begins in February. To obtain a position, youth ages 14-18 and young adults ages 19-24 must follow the steps below.

  1. Contact the supervisor at the site where you’d like to work. This person would be:
    • the leader at a recreation or environmental center, or,
    • the director at an older adult center.
  2. If the supervisor agrees to hire you, you’ll be given a website address where you can apply online. You’ll then be given an address to attend enrollment. Make sure to bring the following:
    • PA State ID (driver's license/permit or non-driver ID)
    • Social Security card
    • Work permit or application for work permit
    • Selective Service number or print-out (for any 18-year-old males)
  3. During the enrollment process, you must complete criminal and child abuse background clearances. In some instances, you may be required to complete the FBI fingerprint process.
  4. After you’ve completed the enrollment process we will:
    • notify you if you've been approved for employment and,
    • invite you to attend an orientation session.

You will not be hired if you fail to complete any of the above steps.

The online application opens on Tuesday, February 15 at

To begin the application you must first go to a recreation center, secure a position, and receive a code.

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