Parks and Recreation Offers Summer Job Training for Teens

Missoula Parks & Recreation offers summer Job Training for Teens. Photo courtesy of Flickr.Finding a summer job can be tough for teens. Young people with prior job experience and references have a leg up when it comes to getting hired; but how can teens gain that experience? Missoula Parks and Recreation has the answer with “Teen Workreation,” a summer volunteer program which provides on-the-job training in recreation and aquatics.

Teens ages 13 to 16 are invited to volunteer in summer youth camps or as junior lifeguards and swim instructors.  Teens receive extensive on-the-job training and volunteer alongside Parks and Recreation’s professional staff in neighborhood parks or at Splash Montana.  The program is a great way for youth to gain job experience, meet new friends, and have fun working outdoors.  Several of the department’s recreation leaders and aquatics staff started as Teen Workreators!

Participants can apply for the volunteer position that most interests them, and hours and dates are flexible within each program. Teens can choose their schedule between 10 and 35 hours per week, and can earn fun incentives like a pizza party at Splash Montana, rock climbing, Osprey baseball games, prizes and more.  Junior lifeguards and swim instructors must complete the two-week American Red Cross training course offered at Splash Montana before they can begin their volunteer hours.

The application deadline is Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. Details and complete training schedule listed in the Teen Workreation application, available at or at Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park.  For more information, phone Recreation Specialist Ryan Yearous at 552-6266.