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East Bay Regional Park District Job Fairs Look to Engage Area Youth

by ECT

Parks District Largest Employer of Youth in East Bay

The East Bay Regional Park District’s 4th annual Youth Job Fairs are scheduled for January 20 in Livermore and January 27 in Richmond. Both events aim to provide youth, ages 15-24, with general information about the positions available, as well as in-depth workshops showcasing “a day in the life” of certain Park District positions.

Attendees will find out about jobs and gain valuable skills for applying for jobs with the Park District and beyond.

The East Bay Regional Parks District is the largest employer of youth in East Bay. Each year the Park District hires over 400 area youth to work in local parks and visitor centers. Many positions are for temporary season work as recreation aids, interpretive aids, and lifeguards, among others.

“Over the years, thousands of local high-school and college students have launched their careers working at the East Bay Regional Park District,” said East Bay Regional Park District Board President Beverly Lane. “The Park District is proud to have helped so many area youth gain the skills they need to join the local workforce, including many who have joined the Park District as full time staff members.”

Each year over 400 youth attend the District’s youth job fairs to find out what jobs are available, what they are like, and what skills are needed to be successful. Positions include Interpretive Student Aid, Public Safety Student Aid, Recreation Leader, Lifeguard, Gate Attendant, Park Services Attendant, Student Laborer, Field Intern, Intern and Volunteer positions.

“Attracting qualified and energetic job candidates is always a priority,” said East Bay Regional Park District Chief Human Resources Officer Kip Walsh. “The job fairs have been a great way to engage local youth and connect directly with interested job candidates.”

The fairs are especially helpful for those interested in temporary or seasonal positions.

“The job fairs focus on getting youth excited about all the different employment opportunities within the District,” said East Bay Regional Park District Community Outreach Coordinator Jaimee Rizzotti. “Working for the Park District is an opportunity to gain valuable work experience that can lead to a meaningful career.”

“The job fairs are a great opportunity for local youth to learn about specific Park District jobs and interact with Park District employees,” added Rizzotti.

In 2017, less than a week after the job fairs, over 42% of fair attendees had already applied for a job with the District.

The Livermore Youth Job Fair is Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10 a.m.-noon, at Robert Livermore Community Center at 4444 East Avenue, Livermore, CA. The Richmond Youth Job Fair is on Saturday, January 27 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA. Both events include lunch and a free shuttle to and from BART.

For more information visit ebparks.org, email [email protected], or call (510) 544–2154.

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