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Top 10 Hot Jobs and Tourism on Multicultural Treasure Island, CA

Updated on February 6, 2013

San Francisco's Newest Neighborhood


Treasure Island began its history as a WPA (Works Progress Administration) man-made island built circa 1936 - 1939, ultimately for the US Navy inside the city limits of San Francisco in a gear-up operation toward World War II indsutrial and defense activities. The island community was, indeed, named after the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson's novel of the same name. It was the site of the Golden Gate International Exposition that celebrated the grand bridge in 1939. Famous fine arts sculptures and murals largely disappeared at fair's end, but some remain on the island, while a search is on for the remainder. A large set of cubist elephants had formed a "Gateway to the Pacific" on the island.

SF Airport Terminal located a Pan Am Seaplane terminal on the island for flights to the Pacific and the Far East for several years. Afterward, unlike many other "world's fair" types of sites, the island was put to effective use as a US Navy Air Base in 1941.

Beginning in the year 2000, plans took form to transfer the island to private concerns and local residents. As of 2009, 1000s of new residential units and several new businesses are in planning stages for the island, with an eye toward increasing economic growth and attracting even more tourist trade and special events rentals.

The well known John Muir Charter School has operated on the island since 2005 to good effect. It provides alternative education and Youthbuild Construction Trades training to people ages 16 - 24, under a federal initiative, who wish to complete a high school diploma or GED certificate and find employment soon at a living wage. This type of grant-funded project has seen success in larger cities like Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio. Well trained and qualified staff and administrators are key to this success and John Muir possesses these, along with sound programming that works.

Sine 2006,Lennar company has been working to develop a self-contained city on the island and a ferry boat system. Residential and commercial properties are available and increasing in numbers. Several commercial buildings are available and properties above the Yerba Buena Island Tunnel have also been placed on the market.

Residential, the island offers rental properties only and is home to about 2,000 individuals. John Stewart Company Treasure Island Villages provides 100s of townhouses and flats with several amenities. Over and above this, the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative maintains high quality housing for individuals that must rely on supportive services. Youth programs and health services are also part of this latter group of housing opportunities. These dwelling programs for the less fortunate and successful, because supervision and follow-up are thorough and regular. No inner-city or urban decay has taken a toe-hold.

Annual Events on the island are well planned, draw many visitors, and include the San Francisco Triathlon, the Treasure Island Music Festival, the Summer Sailstice (a Solstice celebration at sea), and the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival. The dragon boat festival combines ancient seamanship and building techniques with a modern celebration that people especially enjoy.

In addition to all this, the island maintains its Great Lawn of about 127,000 square feet for rental to hold special events. A nearby interdenominational chapel is available for any type of religious ceremony, including weddings and most other religious rites of all faiths. In all of these features listed above, Treasure Island is a well maintained multicultural community, events hub, and tourist attraction.


Treasure Island is a location used by numerous film productions, including the successful Bicentennial Man, What Dreams May Come, and Patch Adams; Phenomenon; and an Indiana Jones movie. Areas of the island can be rented for independent productions as well in the 2010s.

CELTIC SPORTS - Irish All Stars

The San Francisco GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) leased areas of Treasure Island for athletic fields to host Gaelic Football and Hurling . The 3 fields will host the North American Championships and Irish All-Star teams.

1939 SF World's Fair

Treasure Island 2009


Public transportation, carpooling, and ride-sharing are all encouraged by the local government of Treasure Island and its sister island, Yerba Buena Island.

The San Francisco Municipal Railway provides a bus to Treasure Island 24 hours a day, the community offers a marina, and a ferry service is in the planning stages in conjunction with efforts of Lennar company.

The 24/7 bus service is a big draw for San Francisco residents as well as vacationers.


One of the particularly interesting things about treasure Island is that several well received films have been shot there on location. Independent productions are likely to make more frequent use of the island in the future, given its proximity to San Francisco and the Bay.

Fast Growing Jobs to 2016

In San Francisco city and county, the fastest growing jobs estimated to 2016 are:

  1. Biomedical Engineers
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  3. Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers
  4. Medical Scientists
  5. Biochemists and Biophysicists
  6. Computer Software Apps Engineers
  7. Managers in Natural Sciences
  8. Life Scientists
  9. Industrial Engineers
  10. Veterinary Techs

In the 21st Century Sustainability initiative, conversation and natural sciences are of great priority. Job openings increasing in numbers include Teachers of such subjects to high school students at San Francisco's John Muir Charter School, which includes Contruction Trades and Conservation in curricula. (See below.)

Frequent Job Listings & Hiring Companies

The most often listed job openings in and around treasure Island comprise positions in the Travel and Tourism Industry, particularly Special Events, and Construction Trades, because of the nature of business on the island and the construction of residences and commercial buildings both ongoing and planned through 2016. Food Service and various Management positions are a priority in this list as well. Information Technology jobs are connected to all of these sectors.

Top 10 Frequent Job Listings in Treasure Island Zip Code

  1. Senior and Staff Accountants
  2. Project Managers
  3. Software Engineers
  4. Account Executives and Managers - includes Financial Advisors
  5. Product Managers
  6. Business Analysts
  7. Web Developers
  8. Assistant Managers
  9. Executive Assistants and Administrative Assistants
  10. Sales Managers

Most Frequent Job Listings on Treasure Island

  1. Treasure Island Job Corps Center - Jobs combine with High Hchool and GED training.
  2. US Federal Treasury: The US Mint
  3. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  4. US Department of Transportation: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  5. US Department of Justice: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  6. US Department of Agriculture: Office of the Inspector General
  7. LumiGrow, Inc.
  8. US Army: Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
  9. Federal Office Of Personnel Management
  10. US Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
  11. US Department of Agriculture: Food and Nutrition

John Muir Promo

Jobs at John Muir Charter School

John Muir Charter School on Treasure Island is in San Francisco. It is a charter school that serviced youth ages 16 - 24 with a high school education and Youthbuild training for Construction Trades. Not only is the school free, but it pays the students $50 per week to attend classes and $7.00/hour to learn the Contruction Trades. Foudned in 2005, John Muir Charter School has preduced increasing numbers of successes yearly and served 105 youth in 2009.


The Conservation Corps of North Bay at the John Muir Charter School has posted an open-ended classifed ad for Teachers for the school in conservation matters since autumn of 2009. This fits with the larger San Francisco focus of 21st Century Sustainability. Additional specifics are provided HERE.

Duties for these dedicated Teachers include Classroom Education for high school diploma and GED certificates, along with material required by the California State Testing Authority. Field Education is also important, as is the preparation of the Educational Weekly Newsletter.

Interested Candidates can email a cover letter and resume to

The application packet may also be faxed to 415-454-4595, to the attention of William Pagan, Human Resources..

Graduation 2008

Graduation 2009


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