AUSTIN (KXAN) — The metropolis is providing much more incentives to draw candidates and rent lots of of much-needed lifeguards for the busy summer time season.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department introduced Thursday that lifeguards can now earn as much as $1,250 in bonuses, whereas summer time camp employees members may additionally get bonuses as much as $750. The quantities fluctuate by the place, the town mentioned.
Last month the division shared it could provide $500 summer time completion bonuses for all non permanent lifeguards and non permanent summer time camp counselors who meet the standards. According to Parks and Rec, lifeguard employees have to be totally educated and dealing June 1 by means of Aug. 15 in addition to working three shifts per week, until in any other case accredited, with a view to obtain that bonus.
Pay for these positions begins at $15 an hour for entry-level jobs and will increase based mostly on expertise. Sick go away, a free bus cross and versatile scheduling are additionally accessible, the town famous.
The metropolis is struggling to fill lots of of lifeguard positions, which is already affecting operations at one pool. Barton Springs Pool stays closed on Mondays and Wednesdays in the intervening time because of the lack of certified lifeguards with a particular open water certification.
Last week a memo said Austin’s Aquatics division nonetheless wants round “599 lifeguards to fully operate the aquatic system during the summer season” and “200 temporary employees for summer camp operations.” Additionally, the division is searching for 25 staff for ongoing summer time upkeep. It laid out plenty of methods the town could take to draw and retain staff.