Teenagers do not need to spend the summer surfing on the sofa when they can learn new skills, make new friends and, best of all, earn money.
The City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department is looking for seasonal employees to work for the summer.
Anyone who enjoys being poolside should become a lifeguard. These positions are especially good for students considering a career in the medical or emergency response fields. Lifeguards are certified in first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator, which can be listed on résumés and college applications. Lifeguard certification classes are offered through the City of Irving.
There is a fee to take the class, but scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis to help with the cost. There also are physical requirements that candidates must meet to qualify. Visit the Aquatics Lifeguards and Employment page for more information on the hiring process and how to apply.
Positions by the pool are not the only spots the city needs to fill. Parks and Recreation needs part-time employees to work at the Fritz Park Petting Farm. For nearly 50 years, the petting farm has welcomed children of all ages to get up close and interact with the animals. Employees feed and hydrate the animals, help keep areas clean and supervise visitors. The experience also serves as an educational opportunity. The farm is home to chickens, cows, goats, horses, sheep, turkeys, rabbits and even peacocks.
Parks and Recreation also needs employees to oversee the summer camps offered at several of the city’s recreation centers. Candidates should be willing to work with children, be active and engage in the varied activities the summer camps offer.
Since the opening of the first aquatic and recreation centers, the city has needed employees to supervise patrons and keep them safe. The City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department has employed hundreds of teenagers over the years, many of whom have returned during the summer, whether to save money for tuition or their first car, or just to make extra cash.
“Working with Parks and Recreation also may lead to discovering a calling or a talent they never knew they had,” said Mayor Rick Stopfer. “As a lifeguard they might discover the value of emergency aid, or as a summer camp counselor how well they connect with children. These aren’t just summer jobs to keep them busy. These positions can truly shape and form the adults they’ll become.”
Building professional relationships with city staff and cultivating those connections is another benefit of working during the summer.
“After high school or college, many students are left wondering what their next step is,” said City Manager Chris Hillman. “Maybe there’s a spot here with the city that’s right for them. The advantages of holding a summer position with the city are truly endless.”
Those interested in any of these positions should prepare a résumé listing education, extracurricular activities, volunteer history and, if applicable, previous work experience. Aside from achievements and skills, résumés should highlight a positive attitude and personality. Qualifying candidates also will have to consent to a background check. Seasonal employment opportunities typically open during March or in the following weeks. Visit the City of Irving Employment page to apply.