Summer Work Experience Program for Teens

About The Program

Teens age 13-17 can learn valuable on-the-job skills through our Work Experience Program. Teens can choose from various interests including working with the public, children, animals, swimming, coaching and more. Work Experience volunteer hours can satisfy community service graduation requirements for all of the local schools. All applicants must be 13 years of age by June 17, no exceptions.

Program Flyer

Work Experience Flyer with Program/Job Descriptions

Program Applications

Applications for the 2024 Summer Work Experience Program (WEP) will be available March 1, 2024. All applications are due by 5pm on April 5, 2024. Click on the link below to download the application.


Work Experience Application (coming March 1, 2024)

Application Submittal

Submit application with fee to either of the following locations:

  • Steele Lane Community Center
    415 Steele Ln.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • Finley Community Center
    2060 W. College Ave.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Important Dates

March 1: Applications & program flyer available
March 28: Information night, 7-8pm (optional)
Steele Lane Community Center, 415 Steele Ln.
April 5: Application deadline

April 7: 9am-1pm; Call for interview time*
April 8-10: 4-8pm; Call for interview time*
April 20, 22, 23, 24: Interview dates (mandatory; applicants choose one)
May 8: Orientation Night, 7:15-8:30pm (mandatory)
Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave.
June 10-14:
Training (mandatory)
June 11: Aquatics Training, 1-2pm
June 17: Participants must be 13 years old by this date (no exceptions)

*After you submit your application, you will receive an email with instructions on your next steps, including the phone number to call to set up your interview.


  • Animal Barn Aide at Howarth Park
  • Amusement Ride Aide at Howarth Park
  • Boathouse Aide at Howarth Park
  • Counselor-In-Training at Camp Wa-Tam and Wa-Tots, Doyle Camp, Camp Yu-Chi
  • Swim Lessons Aide at Finley or Ridgway Swim Centers
  • Concessions Aide at Ridgway Swim Center
  • Junior Lifeguard at Finley or Ridgway Swim Centers
  • Neighborhood Services: Recreation Sensation (Leader-In-Training)*
    *Financial assistance is available for this program thanks to special sales tax funding. All Neighborhood Services members are eligible for this program. Proof of eligibility is required at time of registration. Call Finley Community Center at 707-543-3737 for more information.

Program Placement

Teens are not guaranteed their first choice of programs. Placement is based on the needs of the participant, along with the needs of the program. All teens must attend orientation night and the training sessions in order to participate in the program.

Please Note: these are unpaid volunteer positions.


Work Experience Program
[email protected]