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January 9, 2018 > Job fairs focus on East Bay youths

Job fairs focus on East Bay youths

Submitted By Jasmine Partida

Officials from the East Bay Regional Park District are gearing up for the district?s fourth annual Youth Job Fairs set for Jan. 20 in Livermore and Jan. 27 in Richmond.

Both events aim to provide young people, ages 15 to 24, with general information about the positions available with the district, as well as in-depth workshops showcasing ?a day in the life? of certain park district positions. Those attending also will 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 the East Bay. Each year the park district hires more than 400 area youths to work in local parks and visitor centers. Many positions are for temporary seasonal work as recreation aides, interpretive aides, 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 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 job fair attendees learn what jobs are available in the district, and what skills are needed for success. Among the jobs available are interpretive student aide, public safety student aide, 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 Livermore Youth Job Fair will be 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave. The Richmond Youth Job Fair will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza. Both events include lunch and a free shuttle to and from BART.

For more information, call (510) 544-2154 or visit the East Bay Parks website at www.ebparks.org. Email questions can be sent to jobs@ebparks.org.

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