By Tony Wittkowski | Local Government Reporter | The Times Herald
With warmer weather on the horizon, the Port Huron Parks and Recreation Department has a few seasonal job openings available.
Nancy Winzer, parks and recreation director, said the seasonal positions are posted on a yearly basis in anticipation for the spring season.
Available positions include:
• Day camp leader
• Lakeside Park parking attendant
• Playground attendant
• Pool lifeguards
• Pool maintenance
• Seasonal laborer
While lifeguards must be certified, Winzer said the rest of the positions have little to no requirements.
“We try to get the best people for the particular jobs,” she said. “If the job is working with kids, we look for people who have worked with kids before or are going into child care.”
The parks department hires multiple people for the open positions.
Winzer said they are looking for at least 50 aquatic employees and another 20 laborers.
“Some of the kids can’t work 40 hours, so we try to spread it out to give more people working experience throughout the summer,” Winzer said. “It’s a great way to get experience working with kids.”
Winzer said suggested applicants submit their resumes before the end of April.
“A lot of time we usually get a lot of college kids and the turnover happens when they graduate,” Winzer said. “The kids we hire are college age.”
To apply, go to the city’s website or the rec department’s office at 2829 Armor St., Port Huron.
Marysville is about a week away from accepting applications for its seasonal jobs.
Stefanie DeNardin, Marysville recreation coordinator, said applications will be made available and accepted between March 30 and April 10.
Marysville’s main seasonal positions tend to be sports instructors, park attendants and aquatic employees.
“We are just looking for the most reliable people in those three positions,” DeNardin said. “We really try to hit hard in lifeguards. Working with the kids is very important especially in the city.”
Applications will be made available March 30 at cityofmarysvillemi.com.
Trice Hawkins, St. Clair Parks and Recreation Department director, said the city accepts applications year-round.
Applications are available at St. Clair city hall at 547 N. Carney Drive and online. Hawkins said all applications should be dropped off at city hall.
Hawkins said the positions that receive the most applications involve the summer playground staff and seasonal positions at the city’s harbor and golf course.
She can’t say the same thing for lifeguards.
“We are hiring lifeguards, but that’s normally a position for someone who is dedicated to swimming,” Hawkins said. “We are not overwhelmed with applications there. We also have a city outdoor pool and eight employees who look after that.”
Hawkins said most of the hiring is done between March and April.
“They keep applications on file all year long in case they become available,” she said. “We get the most applications around this time of year, though.”
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 20, 2015)