The City of Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for a busy summer season and is now hiring more than 75 part-time lifeguards and swim lesson instructors at the Marshall and Firstenburg community centers.
Vancouver Parks and Recreation will hold a one-day aquatics hiring event at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave. Interviews will begin at 3 p.m. and required swim tests will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Eligible applicants must be at least 16 years old and be able to swim 500 yards (or 17 laps at the Firstenburg pool) in 13 minutes. Parks and Recreation staff is willing to work with applicants who can come close to that requirement to help them be successful.
“Becoming a lifeguard or swim lesson instructor provides quality work experience, allows you to work in a fun environment and provides an important service to your community,” said Vancouver Parks and Recreation Director Julie Hannon.
With the passage of the statewide minimum wage increase for 2017, the starting pay is at least $11 per hour. A variety of different shifts are available.
Applicants are encouraged to fill out an online application before the event, but may also fill out an application at the May 6 hiring event. Staff will be available at the event to answer questions and assist applicants. A link to the online application can be found at www.cityofvancouver.us/ParksRecJobs (click on Aquatics in the Parks & Rec Jobs section).
Applicants attending the event will need to bring their swimsuit and be ready to swim, know their Social Security number and be willing to complete a background check. Those who move forward in the hiring process will be asked to return for additional in-house training for the required certifications.
Questions about the hiring event or application can be directed to Assistant Pool Director Karen Krohling at 360-487-7071 or Karen.Krohling@cityofvancouver.us.
Karen Krohling, Assistant Pool Manager