The City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for a busy summer and they’re hiring about 100 people for seasonal pool jobs.
Indoor pools are open across the city and outdoor pools and splash pads will kick off around Memorial Day weekend. The city is training lifeguards for this season, which means now is the time to apply.
“We’re looking to fill those positions now. We have a lot of lifeguard classes going on. We’re trying to get people in classes, get them certified. We’re looking to hire 100 more lifeguards for the summertime,” said Josh Herbert, Aquatic Division Manager for the City of Albuquerque.
“So if someone goes to school, they can work year-round. We’re also opening seasonal positions which is a maximum of nine months, so they can work nine months and come back next season. We offer the student positions and seasonal positions.”
Those who want to apply must be at least 15 years old and there is no maximum age limit.
The city says the skills teens and adults gain lifeguarding—from CPR to first aid and more—go beyond the pool and the season.
“Lifeguarding is a tremendous opportunity to gain life-saving skills and they can utilize these skills throughout the rest of their life. If there are individuals that want to go into the medical field or health field, this is a great opportunity to get in,” said Herbert. “Lifeguards are the first responders on emergencies that happen in or around the pool and they have to be ready and alert and be prepared to perform those life-saving skills.”
Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department operates 12 pools and four splash pads. Seven of those pools are outdoor and they stay open until at least mid-August.
The city also offers a career path through the Aquatics Division where lifeguards can grow through the ranks, becoming aquatic program coordinators and even pool managers.
Those interested in working for the city pools this summer can apply for job openings online and sign up for lifeguard training classes and certification courses.