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Every day we fulfill our mission of keeping our neighborhoods clean, green, safe and beautiful, while providing City residents who face barriers to employment or who are exploring career paths a chance to work and earn a living.

Together with nonprofits we promote employment opportunities for teens and adults who are in and out of school, formerly incarcerated men and women, people who are homeless and other residents who have little or no job experience. Through on-the-job-training, help with resume writing, interview preparation and education, we emphasize the importance of job-readiness and prepare individuals for stable and productive income opportunities that benefit the community. 

Hunters Point Family

Hunters Point Family empowers youth, young adults and formerly incarcerated at-risk residents. Participants are given the opportunity to re-enter society as stewards of their community and gain customer service, problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills. Hunters Point Family provides Public Works with monitors for the highly successful Pit Stop public restroom program. Monitors are responsible for ensuring the general safety, cleanliness and availability of Pit Stops throughout the City. Hunters Point Family also provides additional staff in the Civic Center Commons where individuals assist the needs of the public by answering questions, providing directions and reporting damage or misuse of property within the area.


Economic Opportunity Council (E.O.C.)

The Economic Opportunity Council addresses the problem of poverty in San Francisco by working toward eliminating its causes, conditions and impacts. E.O.C. promotes self-sufficiency and sustainable well-being by providing community programs and employment opportunities to underserved residents. E.O.C. assists Public Works by cleaning the community corridors in the Fillmore neighborhood, bounded by Fillmore, Laguna, Sutter and Fulton streets. Members of the program focus on sweeping sidewalks, picking up litter, reporting graffiti and illegal dumping; and serving as stewards of their community.

United Playaz

United Playaz is a violence-prevention and youth-development organization located in the South of Market neighborhood. The organization provides young people with a safe and positive environment in which they can grow to become self-sufficient adults. The youth and young adults at United Playaz help Public Works activate United Nations Plaza through such events as Friday Night Market, ART NIGHT SF and Healthy Mornings. Participants assist with setup, teardown and creating a fun, welcoming and safe environment. 

A. Philip Randolph Institute

A. Philip Randolph Institute supports racial equality and economic justice for underserved San Francisco residents through community engagement and civic participation. The organization’s goal is to provide a pathway for more sustainable employment opportunities. Participants work on Saturdays and Sundays cleaning the rights of way in and around the Tenderloin neighborhood. Their work includes sweeping and power washing sidewalks, reporting abandoned and unwanted items and conducting weekly data reports on litter collection.

Human Services Agency

Human Services Agency is a City and County of San Francisco department that promotes the well-being and self-sufficiency of San Francisco residents through their subsidized job placement program, JobsNow. JobsNow provides low-income residents with employment services and the opportunity to be a part of the Public Works Corridors Program. Participants of the Corridors Program assist Public Works with sweeping sidewalks and curbs, cleaning tree basins and abating graffiti from public furniture and buildings. They work in many neighborhoods throughout the City, focusing on commercial corridors and popular destinations for both residents and visitors.

Taking It To The Streets

Taking It To The Streets empowers homeless youth and young adults to lead better lives by providing employment opportunities that build job skills and workforce readiness, in addition to providing safe housing and personal mentoring to support self-sufficiency. Taking It To The Streets focuses on litter reduction, sidewalk sweeping and graffiti abatement in the Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley neighborhoods.

San Francisco Clean City Coalition

San Francisco Clean City Coalition focuses on cleaning, greening and beautifying the City. The organization offers a four-month transitional workforce program that brings quality of life resources to neighborhood groups, merchant associations and residents. SF Clean City organizes and provides staff for the monthly Gigantic 3 recycling event that allows residents to recycle unwanted household items and electronic devices, helping San Francisco reach its Zero Waste goal. Participants also assist Public Works with coordinating cleaning services and outreach in the Tenderloin neighborhood.

San Francisco Conservation Corps

San Francisco Conservation Corps provides young people with the opportunity to improve the quality of life in San Francisco through service work, while developing their academic abilities and job skills. Corps members work with Public Works to inspire residents and merchants to engage in clean and healthy outdoor spaces located in commercial districts. Corps members assess the City’s parklets to identify any deficiencies and violations of parklet rules at each site. They enhance the public parklet experience by analyzing their assessments and reporting the data to the parklet stewards and City inspectors for corrective action. 

Mission Neighborhood Centers

Mission Neighborhood Centers provides a continuum of educational and workforce development programs built on the foundation of empowerment, cultural affirmation and personal responsibility. Each program has unique attributes and caters to a specific demographic group, while focusing on promoting leadership skills among underserved youth and preparing them for entering the workforce. Programs include: Young Adult-Year Round; Interrupt, Organize, Predict (I.P.O.) Youth Violence Prevention and Summer Youth Employment. 

Summer Student Internship Program

Public Works offers an internship program that allows college students to grow in the engineering, architecture, information technology, planning and project management fields through hands-on experience and mentorship opportunities with skilled professionals. The internship program prepares students for a smooth transition into the workforce and exposes them to the possibilities of a career with Public Works. Student interns assist and provide support to staff working on large-scale projects throughout San Francisco. Over the course of their internship, students gain pertinent planning, design and building experience by performing site visits and inspections, preparing cost estimates, creating models, drafting plans and developing reports and presentations.

Apprenticeship Program

Public Works, in partnership with the Department of Human Resources and local unions, offers a variety of apprenticeship programs that give young adults and others entering the workforce or changing careers the opportunity to gain on-the-job training as cement workers, gardeners, laborers and environmental service workers. Our apprenticeship programs provide detailed training on how to use tools, equipment and materials, while working side-by-side skilled Public Works employees. At the end of the program, apprentices may be given the chance to transition into a full-time position with Public Works.