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Cedar Rapids still needs nearly 50 more lifeguards to operate pools this summer

Cedar Rapids Pools

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is still looking to hire approximately 45 lifeguards in order to operate pools this summer.

In addition to those already hired to operate Noelridge and Cherry Hill Aquatic Centers, the City still needs to hire lifeguards to operate Bever, Jones and Ellis Pools. The City has increased starting wages to $12 per hour to be more competitive with other businesses also looking to hire summer staff.

The City is also offering additional incentives this year. To qualify, you must be 15 or older, submit an application, be hired by the City, attend required trainings and work at least part-time through June. The incentives are as follows:

  • Get a reimbursement of up to $120 on the lifeguard certification class fee.
  • Have a friend sign up and take the lifeguard certification class with you and receive a $50 reward.
  • Wages increase by $2, $3, or $4 respectively for the last three weeks of the season, if you remain in good standing throughout the summer.

A Seasonal Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, May 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the ITC Pavilion in Noelridge Park, located at 4900 Council Street NE (by the lagoon). Department staff will discuss job openings at golf courses, parks, programs and pools; answer questions about the hiring process; and conduct interviews. You can complete job applications at the site or online by clicking here.

The City hires applicants 16 and older for golf and parks seasonal labor and 15 and older for lifeguards. Golf cashiers and Parks construction laborers must be 18 or older. Hiring will continue through the first week of June.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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