Human Resources staff looking into modifying qualifications so those who have not yet finished high school may apply
Given a nationwide lifeguard shortage and three public swimming pools within the Parks and Recreation District requiring lifeguards, staff members of the City of Sarasota are doing what they can “to attract qualified candidates to keep the pools open and safe for everyone’s enjoyment,” City Manager Tom Barwin reported in his Aug. 9 newsletter.
“Our Human Resources staff members are considering modifying qualifications to possibly include individuals who may not be high school grads yet — and thus less experienced — but possess the required skill sets and interest to work alongside our head lifeguard and certified staff to develop their skills, experience and certifications,” Barwin continued. “Safety will remain the top priority as we adjust accordingly to the job market.”
The city’s pools are located at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in North Sarasota, on Lido Key near the Lido Beach Pavilion and at the Arlington Park and Aquatic Center, Barwin pointed out. Several positions for part-time lifeguards are open, he added. “For those who enjoy fitness, working outdoors and safeguarding others, it is a rewarding job,” Barwin wrote.
“Know someone who may be interested?” Barwin continued. The job description and details are posted on SarasotaFL.Gov.
“We encourage all qualified individuals to apply as soon as possible!” he added.