Seasonal Employment Opportunities

Below are seasonal positions we hire for each year. To apply, click here to download and print the application. Applications should be submitted to either the Finley or Steele Lane Community Centers.



Our pools are very active places during the spring and summer months! The Ridgway Swim Center is located at 455 Ridgway Avenue and the Finley Aquatic Center is located at 2060 West College Avenue. Both facilities are open seven days a week with extensive aquatic programs year-round. Our staff is trained with the skills to perform jobs and duties in a professional manner with the safety of our patrons as our primary concern. A week-long in-service training is required for employment.

Lifeguard - Pool (Pay Rate: $9.57-$11.08)
Duties: Responsible for the safety of patrons at the Ridgway Swim Center and the Finley Aquatic Complex. Will be required to lifeguard, enforce rules, and perform light maintenance duties. Must attend bi-weekly staff trainings and a mandatory week-long in-service training from June 8-12, 2015.
Minimum Qualifications: American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certified, CPR/AED/Basic First Aid for Lifeguards, and Title 22 First Aid.

Swim Instructor (Pay Rate: $9.83-$11.39)
: Organize and instruct classes for all levels of swimming. Instructors will be required to complete course record sheets and student progress cards. Must attend bi-weekly staff trainings and a mandatory week-long in-service training from June 8-12, 2015.
Minimum Qualifications: American Red Cross CPR, First Aid and Water Safety Instructor certification is highly desirable. For all persons under 16 years old, Water Safety Instructor certification or equivalent is mandatory.

Citywide Sports Jobs


We offer a variety of recreational sports for adults and youth in the community.  Our goal is to provide an exceptional recreational opportunity for our participants and spectators.

Field Prep/Softball Scorekeepers – Activity Specialist
(Pay Rate: $11.16 - $14.23)

Come join us for a fun and rewarding job opportunity keeping score and prepping fields for adult softball leagues. Beginning in January we will be accepting applications. The job begins in early April and runs through August, Monday through Friday 2-10pm. Applications are available at Finley Community Center. For more information please call the Sports Office between 3pm and 5pm at 543-3281.

Volunteer Coaches  (For kids, ages 5-7 years)

  • Little Sluggers (T-ball)
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

If interested, call the Sports Office at (707) 543-3281 between 3pm and 5pm, Monday through Friday.


Community Center Jobs

The City operates 3 Community Centers and 2 Historic Sites.  These sites are multi-purpose and are the perfect venues for a variety of events, gatherings and classes.

Minimum Qualifications for all Community Center positions: Special event experience and/or customer service experience is required. Ability to lift 40lbs

Community Center or Historic Site Aide (Pay Rate: $11.50-$12.50)
Prepare rooms/facilities for events, programs or classes at city facilities, monitors events, and ensures security of building and equipment. Typical tasks include: Conducts light janitorial of rooms between permits and programs. Set-up of audio/visual equipment. Unlock doors prior to a scheduled activity. Adjusts lighting and thermostat levels and as needed in the building.  Remove trash from building. Performs set –ups of requested equipment for activities in rooms.

Front Desk/Counter - Finley or Person Senior Wing (Pay Rate: $9.83-$11.39)
Provides information to the public regarding recreation programs and classes; registers customers for programs with user-friendly software, answers phones, collects admission fees.  Conduct routine office work and assist in maintaining an orderly office environment.

Event Host (Pay Rate: $12.29-$14.23)
Event hosts help with set-up and oversight of special events. Examples of events include, weddings, quinceaneras, business conferences, fundraisers and fairs. Light janitorial duties are required.  If you enjoy working with people and providing outstanding customer service - this is the job for you!

Front Desk Lead, Steele Lane - Activity Specialist (Pay rate: $12.50) -
Duties: provide front desk/customer service support at Steele Lane Community Center. Steele Lane desk hours are Mon, Thurs, and every other Fri from 8-2pm (year round). Applications may also be used to fill future openings at other Community Centers.
Minimum Qualifications: Providing excellent customer service is primary responsibility. Duties include answering/directing phones; assisting walk-in customers with course registrations, transfers, withdrawals; disseminate information to customers regarding classes & workshops, picnic reservations, summer camps, facility rentals, sports programs, and other department programs; answering historic rental line and email and responding by email; completing assigned projects and tasks. Bilingual desirable but not required.

Howarth Park Jobs

Work outdoors in the beautiful 152-acre Howarth Park, which offers the community a variety of activities including boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking, softball & tennis. You will be working as part of a team in the K-Land amusement area, which has a snack bar, miniature train, carousel, jump house, farm animal petting zoo and pony rides. We also hire staff to lifeguard and rent boats at the Lake Ralphine boathouse. Operations are open weekends during spring and fall months and Saturday through Thursday during summer months and spring break. Your typical work day is 10am to 6pm including weekends, holiday and special events.
Please note: Currently all Howarth Park Positions are full.


Neighborhood Services Jobs
Neighborhood Services provides gang-prevention programming for youth ages 6-18 years old. These free and low-fee programs offer youth a fun, safe and educational place to focus on youth development principals.  Availability to attend mandatory trainings, staff meetings and other assigned events are required. High School diploma or GED equivalent must have been earned prior to employment. Recruitment for all Neighborhood Services positions will begin February 2015.

Minimum Qualifications of all NS positions: Standard First Aid and CPR certification prior to first day of program.

Youth Sports Camps take place at various parks and school gyms throughout Santa Rosa.  Have a blast teaching kids the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, flag football and more!  Fun camp games, water activities and field trips also included. Typical hours for this program are as follows:
-Summer Sports Camp:  8:30am-3:30pm, 8 weeks during the summer
-Teen Basketball Gyms:  12pm-4pm, 8 weeks during the summer 

NS Assistant Summer Sports Camp Leader – Assistant Activity Specialist (Pay Rate: $9.83-$14.23)
Supervise groups of program participants, ensuring their physical and emotional safety.  Lead sports drills, recreational games and fun activities with an enthusiastic attitude and high level of engagement.  Clearly communicate with staff and thrive in a team-oriented work setting.  Provide constructive, goal-driven instruction of sports concepts and fundamentals to program participants.

Junior Giants Baseball Program - Assistant Activity Specialist (Pay Rate: $10.32-$11.16)
A free, non-competitive baseball program for underserved youth ages 5-18 which emphasizes character development, academic success and violence prevention. Coaches may award incentives based on youth participants’ progress through these components. Spend the summer teaching kids a great game in a fun setting! 
Duties: Provide baseball skill instruction to youth ages 5-18, implement Junior Giants Character Development curriculum, perform coaching duties during games. 
Typical hours for this program are Monday & Wednesday 4:30pm-6:45pm, Sat 8:30am-1:30pm, 9 weeks during the summer.

NS Cheer/Dance Program - Assistant Activity Specialist (Pay Rate: $10.32-$11.39)
Duties: Work approximately 10 hours/week with boys and girls in 4th - 8th grades.  Teach the basics of cheer and dance and choreographing routines. Team practices will be held weekday evenings at Steele Lane Community Center. The co-ed cheer/dance teams will perform at halftime during our youth basketball games held Saturday mornings at Roseland Accelerated Middle School gym.  
Additional Qualifications: Previous cheer and dance experience.
Cheer coaching opportunities for our Fall NFL Flag Football program coming soon.

Have fun in the sun working with youth this summer at one of our three Recreation Sensation summer camps located at various Santa Rosa City School campuses. A typical day involves academic classroom lessons in the mornings, multiple games, sports and water play, field trips and educational presentations from community based organizations. Typical hours for this program are 8:15am-4:00pm Wednesdays 8:15am - 2pm) , 7 weeks during the summer.

NS Summer Camp Program Leader – Assistant Activity Specialist
(Pay Rate: $9.83-$14.23)

Duties: Work in a team environment planning and delivering summer camp activities including academic lessons, enrichment and recreation activities. Supervise youth in daily program areas, during presentations and on field trips ensuring a safe and fun environment for all program participants as well as staff. Act as a positive role model and mentor.  Effectively communicate and provide timely feedback to parents, community-based organizations, youth and program directors.

NS Summer Camp Program Assistant Director – Assistant Activity Specialist (Pay Rate: $9.83-$14.23)
Duties: All duties as outlined above for Summer Camp Program Leader as well as assist Camp Program Director with supervisory and administrative duties, ensuring successful implementation of a summer camp program.
Additional Qualifications: Minimum one year experience as a Summer Camp Program Leader.

NS Summer Camp Program Director – Assistant Activity Specialist
(Pay Rate: $9.83-$14.23)

Duties: All duties as outlined above for Summer Camp Program Leader as well as perform supervisory and administrative duties, ensuring successful implementation of a summer camp program, including but not limited to: continuous communication with supervisors; preparing reports; maintaining accurate files of program registrations and field trip waivers; organizing and ordering program supplies; supervising and leading Summer Camp Program Assistant Director and Summer Camp Program Leaders; coordinating and supervising field trips and presentations; complying with City policies to ensure a safe environment for all program participants and staff.
Additional Qualifications: Minimum one year experience as Summer Camp Assistant Director.

Parks Jobs

Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks operates 66 parks totaling over 514 acres of parkland which includes sports fields, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic sites, a fishing pond, boating lake, amusement rides, and more. Maintenance aides are needed to help keep these parklands in tip-top shape for community use.

Maintenance Aide (Pay Rate: $9.00 - $12.00)
Duties: Primary duties include picking up litter and debris in parks, cleaning park restrooms, preparing picnic sites for weekend rentals and assisting permanent staff with landscape projects. 
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should have knowledge of basic cleaning equipment, supplies, and related methods and materials.  Must have ability to use hand tools, some power tools, and weed whacker and must be capable of learning the use of other necessary equipment. Candidates must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license, have great customer service skills and a flexible schedule. Must also be able to lift 50 lbs. Note: Candidates will be required to provide a DMV driving record to the City and meet driving history standards prior to being hired.


Summer Camp Jobs
Recreation & Parks offers three traditional camp programs: Camp Wa-Tam, Camp Yu-Chi and Doyle Adventure Camp. Descriptions of each are below. Please note: All Summer Camp Positions have been filled for the 2015 season.  

  • CAMP WA-TAM is held on the hill above Howarth Park which is located on Summerfield Road in eastern Santa Rosa. Each one-week session runs Monday through Friday.  Monday-Wednesday staff arrives at approximately 8:30am and leave at 3:30pm. Thursday, they arrive at noon, spend the night, and leave on Friday morning at 11am.  Camp activities include canoeing on Lake Ralphine, archery, crafts, songs and skits, and hiking to Spring Lake for a day of fishing and swimming.
  • DOYLE ADVENTURE CAMP is held in Doyle Park, which is located on Hoen Avenue off of Sonoma Avenue, in central Santa Rosa. Each one-week session runs Monday through Friday.  Staff arrives at 9:30am and works until 5:30pm. Camp activities include swimming twice a week at Ridgway Pool, one to two field trips a week, crafts, games, and songs.
  • CAMP YU-CHI is held in the back section of Youth Park located in northwest Santa Rosa (across from Piner High School.) Each one-week session runs Monday through Friday.  Staff arrives at 9:30am and works until 5:30pm. Camp activities include swimming twice a week at Finley Pool, field trips, archery, crafts, games and songs.

All camp staff must attend a mandatory paid 40-hour In-service Training June 8th through June 12th. Camp programs run June 15h through August 21st and camp counselors and aides are expected to work at least 7 of the 10 weeks. Time-off requests will be considered but not guaranteed. All employees must be certified in standard first aid and CPR prior to the first day of work.

Camp Counselor Aide – Recreation Aide (Pay Rate: $9.00 - $9.20)
Duties: Assist the counselors in planning and implementing the camp activities for 15-20 children each week. Participate in activities which may include swimming, singing, hiking, games, skits and crafts. Help supervise 2-4 volunteers (CIT’s), take the lead in the counselor’s absence and enforce all rules pertaining to the health and safety of the campers.
Minimum Qualifications: Must have completed one year of high school and some knowledge of games, camping, music or environmental education is highly desirable. A minimum of 3 months experience working with children either as a paid employee or a volunteer is required. Ability to hike on unstable ground. Exhibit enthusiasm and creativity.

Camp Counselor – Recreation Leader (Pay Rate: $9.00 - $10.31)
Duties: Plan, lead and participate in camp activities for 15-20 children each week and provide indirect supervision to one counselor aide and 2-4 volunteers (CIT’s). Activities may include hiking, cookouts, overnights, swimming, singing, crafts and games. Enforce all rules pertaining to the health and safety of campers. Maintain equipment and supplies and administer first aide as required.
Minimum Qualifications: Must have completed the 12th grade and have a minimum of 1 year experience working with children preferably in a camp setting. Experience in camping, environmental education, leading games, songs and skits is highly desirable. Ability to hike on unstable ground. Exhibit enthusiasm, creativity and leadership skills.


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