AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin still needs 300 lifeguards to fully staff local pools for the summer, and it’s even offering free pizza to attract attendees to a Tuesday job fair.
The job fair is being held until 8 p.m. at the Aquatic Division Offices at 400 Deep Eddy Avenue.
The city has been forced to delay the opening of some area pools, or only open a portion of the pools due to the lifeguard shortage.
KXAN went to the open house Tuesday evening and found hundreds of people filing into the City of Austin Aquatic Center next to Deep Eddy Pool.
During a regular summer, the City of Austin employs 600 lifeguards for its 50 pools around Austin. This year, however, 300 spots remain empty.
That total will likely drop soon, however, thanks to some who decided to change their summer plans.
“I actually planned on getting my pharmacy tech certification and doing that as a summer
job,” Brody Coxe said. “But once I found out, I had to jump on this. It just seems like a much better job opportunity.”
“I heard that there was a situation where the pools were closed because there weren’t any lifeguards,” Bria Freedman said. “I thought it would be a good summer job for me since I’m coming back from college and I’m going to need the money.”
Candidates that are 15 or 16-years-old will need a parent or guardian to accompany them to the interview. 17-year-olds will just need a parent’s signature to complete the process.
For more information call 512 974-9332 or visit www.lifeguardaustin.com