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Published on April 18, 2024
Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation Department Launches Summer Lifeguard Hiring ProgramSource: City Council Philadelphia

Philadelphia's search for summer lifeguards has kicked into high gear, with City Councilman Brian O’Neill announcing a hiring initiative that could be a lifesaver for jobseekers. In a push to staff the city's pools, the Parks and Recreation Department is diving into the labor pool, offering positions for those 16 years and older.

But don't get ready to jump in just yet. To land a job, candidates must first navigate the waters of a lifeguard screening by a water safety instructor and complete a certification course at Lincoln High School Pool, according to an announcement on the Council's website. With starting hourly wages of $16 and the possibility to earn $18 based on experience, it's a plunge worth taking for many.

Prospective lifeguards can anticipate a 35-hour workweek from June to August, promising a summer filled with responsibility and the act of vigilance over the city's aquatic recreation spots. In a generous stroke, the department is also offering free training for those looking to guard lives at Philadelphia's city pools this season.

To sweeten the deal, applicants who got their applications in by April 15 may also be eligible for a $1,000 end-of-season bonus—a financial lifeline for students and part-timers. For more information or to apply, visit one of Councilmember O'Neill's four Northeast neighborhood offices or call the various contact numbers listed on the Council's website, and take the first step towards a rewarding summer job.