February 10, 2023

Help Wanted: Parks & Rec Seeks Seasonal Help in Many Areas




Lifeguards, Golf Course, Parks/Landscape Maintenance,

Concessions, Greenhouse Workers Needed

RAPID CITY, SD—As the calendar flips to February and cold temperatures and snow grip the region, some City officials are already thinking about the summer – with visions of pools filled with swimmers, plots with blooming flowers, golf courses with linksters and park areas with plush green grass.

            The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is putting out the early call this week, seeking to fill dozens of seasonal positions at the City’s pools, golf courses and parks. There are positions available for youth as young as 14 and 15 years of age and older applicants seeking seasonal employment in a variety of positions.

            The Parks Division has numerous seasonal openings for landscape maintenance workers and mowers; greenhouse workers; park laborers; cemetery maintenance, custodial, forestry and irrigation workers.  The Recreation Division is seeking applicants for lifeguards, personal trainers, customer service, landscape maintenance and facility maintenance as well as golf course workers including golf cart washers, golf course maintenance, clubhouse cashier, starter shack attendant and beverage cart attendant.

            "We still have a few months of winter yet, but spring and summer will be here soon. We are seeking dozens of workers that provide valuable assistance in getting our parks, golf courses and pools ready and maintained," said Doug Lowe, City Recreation Division Director.  "These seasonal positions are great first-job opportunities as well as great positions for workers with various levels of experience and skills.  We offer competitive wages and the job experiences are rewarding."

            Lifeguards are needed for City pools at Horace Mann, Parkview, Jimmy Hilton and Rapid City Swim Center pools.  Applicants must have an American Red Cross Lifeguard with Waterpark certification, and be at least 15 years old by the end date of certification class.  Job duties include monitoring pool safety, conducting pool patrols and enforcing pool rules to prevent accidents, ability to respond to emergency situations, provide first aid and assist with swim lessons.

            "Lifeguarding is a great summer job and plus it provides an opportunity for other positions including management within our organization,” said Recreation Specialist Teaghan Berkey.  “We are promoting our lifeguard certification classes in March, April and May so there’s great opportunities to serve as a City lifeguard this summer.”

            Berkey encourages those interested in becoming lifeguards to register for classes at https://rapidcity.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs  or call the Roosevelt Swim Center with questions.  The City is also seeking to fill positions for Swim Center front desk and customer service work and applicants must by age 14 or older by the date of hire.  The positions include selling passes, working concessions and resolving questions or issues raised by patrons.

            Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.rcgov.org .  For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 394-4175 or the Roosevelt Swim Center at 394-5223.

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