OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE POOLS TO OPEN THIS SUMMER;
PARKS & REC SEEKS SEASONAL HELP IN MANY AREAS
Lifeguards, Golf Course, Parks/Landscape Maintenance,
Concessions, Greenhouse Workers Needed
RAPID CITY, SD—Officials with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department have the perfect answer to get the collective minds of the public off of this week’s sub-zero, frigid temperatures and replaced with visions of sun-kissed golf greens, of sunbathing poolside, of splashing around in soothing, cool waters and walking alongside beautiful, blossoming flower gardens.
The City’s pools, parks and golf courses will be open this summer. Last summer, the COVID-19 pandemic caused City officials to keep pools, park playgrounds and recreational outlets closed to public use.
“We are excited to announce the City pools will be open this summer,” said City Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Biegler. “COVID-19 impacted the community in so many ways this past year, including severely limiting our recreational opportunities and closure of our community pools.”
With the anticipated opening of the pools, parks and courses, Biegler says the Parks and Recreation Department will need dozens of seasonal workers and the City is putting out the call for anyone interested in working this summer season at the City’s pools, golf courses and parks to apply.
The Parks Division has numerous seasonal openings for landscape maintenance workers and mowers; greenhouse workers; park laborers; custodial, forestry, irrigation workers. The Recreation Division is seeking applicants for lifeguards, personal trainers, concessions, landscape maintenance and facility maintenance as well as golf course workers including golf cart washers, golf club house staff and outside services staff such as starter/marshals and junior golf coaches.
"Summer may be months away, but now is the time when we begin looking for 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 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 a current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or the ability to obtain the certification, and be 15 years or older. 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.
"It may be bone-chilling cold outside this week but it won’t be long before summer is here," said City Recreation Specialist Emily Carstensen. "We need to start in February getting the word out for lifeguards and other positions. We encourage anyone with the qualifications to consider serving as a City lifeguard this summer for a fun, rewarding experience."
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.