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Harrisburg seeks summer lifeguards, parks staff, plans to open Jackson Lick pool

File photo of the Jackson Lick Pool

Summer is right around the corner, and Harrisburg is looking for employees to help make it a splash.

The city is currently hiring for summer positions in its Department of Parks and Recreation, including lifeguards.

According to department Director Dave Baker, the city plans to open the Jackson Lick pool on June 13 and needs people to staff it. The tentative hours for the pool are 12 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Hall Manor pool will be closed for the year.

Finding people to work at the Jackson Lick pool has proven difficult, Baker said. If the city can’t hire enough staff for the needs of the pool, the opening date, schedule and number of residents allowed in the pool at a time may need to change, he added.

“There is a national shortage of lifeguards,” Baker said. “But this is a great opportunity for individuals to build that resume.”

Last year, Harrisburg also suffered from a lifeguard shortage, which, along with the pandemic, delayed the pool’s opening until late July.

In total, the department is looking for 300 employees to fill summer positions within its parks and pools. Open positions include lifeguards, pool managers, pool monitors, site leaders and recreational assistants. Those 15 and older are eligible to apply. Pay ranges from $10 to $18 an hour, depending on the job.

The city will pay for all training, certifications and clearances required for the positions.

Baker sees this as an opportunity for students to get job experience, which could benefit them when applying to college or looking for future positions.

“In the long run, it’ll probably benefit them more than doing something else,” he said.

As an incentive for students to commit to a job, Harrisburg plans to take summer staff on field trips at the end of the season.

However, summer jobs are not just for students. Baker said that retirees and teachers on summer break are encouraged to apply, as well. Employees with specialty training may even receive increased pay, he said.

The deadline to apply for summer jobs is Friday, May 6.

To apply for a summer job with the City of Harrisburg, visit their website or apply in person at Reservoir Park Mansion, 100 Concert Dr., Harrisburg. For more information, call 717-232-3017.

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