City of San Diego


Community Emergency Response Team

Future Academy Notification Email List

Are you interested in learning disaster preparedness skills that may help you prepare for and recover from a major natural disaster?  Please consider signing up to be notified of when the next CERT SD Academy dates are announced.

Priority registration is given to those who live in the city of San Diego.  However we invite our out-of-town students to create a profile and come on the first day of class. If there are seats available, out-of-town students are welcome to join our academy.

As you consider this opportunity, here is a description of the requirements.

     Students must be at least 18 years old. 

     Attendance on all four days of the academy is mandatory for graduation.

Classes are held on two consecutive weekends (on both Saturday and Sunday) from approximately 9:30am until 4pm each day.  Classes will start promptly at 10am.  The location of the training will be provided upon successful registration.  There is no cost for the training and we provide safety gear and classroom materials.

Non-CERT Volunteer Roles

These roles include "Volunteer Victim" and "Moulage Artist".  

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Internships - Fire-Rescue


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Internships - Human Resources


Citywide Volunteer, Internship and Work Readiness Program Internships-2 Unpaid

Internship Title: Citywide Volunteer, Internship and Work Readiness Program Internships

Department Name: Human Resources

Address: 202 C Street, 4th floor 92101

Number of Internships Available: 2

Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid

Hours: 10-20 hours per week

Date Posted: October 17,2019

Internship duration: flexible, to begin November/December 2019.  Could be a Winter only internship (December-February) if you can commit to 20 hours a week, or could be longer (up to a year) internship at 10-20 hours a week.

Internship description:

Special projects for Winter 2019/2020 include using Adobe Captivate to create training presentations and assisting other sections of the Human Resources Department with document management and organizational projects.

Project support includes Better Impact software data gathering, volunteer program guidebooks update,  training presentations, mentoring program communication, volunteer recognition, special events, reporting, research and social media.

Interns will support multiple projects, have an ability to be organized and detail oriented, demonstrate exceptional interpersonal communication and writing skills, and have excellent knowledge in Microsoft Office programs.

Interns must be currently enrolled in an academic program.  Please select school name in application.  Please personalize your cover letter for the application (there is the capability to post three different letters if you are applying for multiple opportunities).  Please allow for 6-8 weeks for the City of San Diego intern onboarding process from posting date.  If you have not received a response 8 weeks after your application, please contact 


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Work Readiness - SDFD Cadet Program

Mission Statement

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Cadet Program was organized in 1983 for young men and women, age 16 to 21, who are interested in learning about a career in Fire Suppression and Emergency Medical Services.

This program is not intended to be a direct recruiter of future firefighters, but rather gives young men and women an inside look into the Fire and Emergency Medicine profession.

The purpose of the Fire Cadet program is to help young people make the decision of whether they want to pursue a career in Fire Suppression. The Cadets attend mandatory training classes and are encouraged to participate in a ride-along program. This program helps Cadets gain experience as they observe firefighters and assist the Department in a non-hazardous capacity. In addition to Fire Department-related responsibilities, Fire Cadets are also encouraged to take Fire Science classes, and go on outings and camping trips organized by the Cadet leaders.

  • Minimum age of 16 and in the 10th grade to 21 years old.
  • Enrollment in an accredited high school (maintaining a grade point average of 2.0) or high school graduate attending college.
  • Eyesight corrected to 20/20 and color vision acceptable.
  • Applicant must successfully pass the 6 month Probationary period and an oral interview.

New Cadets are currently accepted into the program twice a year.

The Cadet Program is sponsored by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and San Diego City Firefighters, Local 145. The Cadets are supported by San Diego City firefighters who act as program advisors.


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