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If you’ve never had the pleasure of helping a young person learn a new skill or solve a difficult problem, then you’re missing out on one of the most rewarding jobs around. There are tons of after school programs in the Bay Area that keep kids active and learning after the school day has let out.

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From volunteer work with local nonprofits to established companies looking for new hires, the opportunity to work with children is a great experience as well as an impressive thing to have on your resume (and a fun way to pay the bills!).

These jobs often require LiveScan fingerprinting and a TB test, a small hurdle to a decent hourly wage.

All in all, working at an after school program is a great opportunity to work with kids doing something that you love.


1. Tutor

If brain work is your thing you will always be in high demand. Whatever your area of expertise, tutors are needed in all academic fields year-round. Companies like Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring Services are always looking for new tutors.

2. SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

Are you organized, detail-oriented and up to speed on the current testing procedures and study methods? You can always find an immediate need for SAT tutors. Check out Varsity Tutors. Must love homework!

3. Foreign Language Instructor

Teaching somebody a new language is like giving them a new way of seeing the world. If you know more than one language then you could go far in this ever expanding field. It’s also a great way to travel! Upward Bound and Bay Language Academy are always taking applications for new instructors.


4. Kid’s Club Recreation Leader

If you love working with kids, teaching ecological stewardship, and helping to clean up our parks, there are currently a lot of great opportunities with environmental nonprofits in this field. From SF Youth Fencing to RSF to Next Level Academy, the Bay Area has got you covered.

5. Club Supervisor

Management experience will be required as this position takes a high level of enthusiasm, organization, and responsibility. Supervisors hire staff and oversee a range of activities. Look into Pacific Ring Sports or Play Recess.


6. Dance Instructor

A driver’s license and experience in the arts could be your ticket to becoming a dance instructor this summer. If you’re enthusiastic and committed and have some teaching experience, there are plenty of opportunities in several genres of dance -- from hip-hop to cheer. Check out JAMaROO!

7. Music Teacher

The best musicians are often the best listeners, and the same goes for teachers. No matter what your instrument there will always be a new crop of up-and-coming virtuosos eager to learn. Veksler Academy is always accepting applications.

8. Art Teacher

As we mentioned in our recent post, there are many different fields in the arts if you are willing to think outside the box. No matter what your area of interest, if you are you a good communicator, enjoy provoking thought, and teaching creativity, you’ll make a great art teacher. Check out Drawn2Art or Tulip After School Management.


9. Sports Coach

From pre-school gymnastics to high school basketball, there are many opportunities in the Bay Area to coach sports. If you are a great communicator with loads of enthusiasm and have some experience, then why not teach athletics? Check out local middles schools and high schools for listings.

10. Martial Arts Instructor

It’s not just about self-defense. Achieving a balance between mind and body is something that even adults have a hard time mastering. What better time to learn how to “center your core” than when you’re young? From Intensity Martial Arts to Soja Mind Body, get out there and find your dojo!

11. Lifeguard

So you want to spend your days sitting around the pool? If your motto is safety first — and you are CPR certified — then why not get paid to do just that. Soak up some sun and keep it safe out there. Berkeley Unified and Bay Club Ross Valley are now hiring.

12. Swim Instructor

If you’re not afraid of the deep end, then you’ll take to this job like a fish to water. An ability to work with the aquatic director and maintain safety standards is a must. Check out Seahorse Swim School or the YMCA.

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