Gahanna's pools and some camps will be open for business this summer, and the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department is hiring seasonal employees in anticipation of the warmer weather.

That will be despite a late start for the annual summer hiring campaign, "Shine with Parks & Rec," following the late finalization of the city's 2019 budget in February.

Available positions include camp counselors, camp management, lifeguards, pool managers and pool customer-service staff.

"Gahanna residents have come to expect the best lifeguards and camp counselors the community has to offer," said Miranda Vollmer, human-resources director.

Lifeguards must be at least 15 years old, and camp counselors should be at least 18.

"Seasonal employees are responsible for the safety and well-being of thousands of attendees at camps and aquatic facilities," Vollmer said. "Seasonal staff are an essential part of the city's summer operations."

The city likely will hire 90 aquatics staffers and 35 camp staffers, Vollmer said.

The seasonal positions are great for former campers and swimmers, according to Vollmer.

She also encourages active seniors, teachers and others with a desire to give back to the community to apply for a summer job with flexible hours.

"It's a great opportunity to be outside and stay connected to our community," Vollmer said.

Customer-service and concessions staffers work in shaded areas.

Other benefits of working a seasonal job include learning skills such as CPR, free admission to the pool and the golf course while off the clock, building leadership and communication skills, inspiring young people and working in a fun atmosphere, according to Vollmer.

Camp counselors enjoy regional field trips to experience Columbus attractions including the zoo and science centers, and a once-a-week trip to the Gahanna Swimming Pool, 148 Parkland Drive.

The city offers an American Red Cross lifeguard class at a discounted rate in May and June for those who apply and interview prior to the course, Vollmer said.

"We would like parents, teachers and other adults to encourage their college or high school students to apply for these jobs," said Jeff Barr, Gahanna parks and recreation director. "These jobs are great learning opportunities to get your foot in the door in the recreation field or to build skills for other future career opportunities."

With the help of the Gahanna Lincoln High School's School to Work Advanced Graphics class, a social-media campaign and other low-cost recruitment tools are being utilized to attract applicants, according to Barr.

In February, the parks and recreation department received statewide recognition through the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association for the 2018 marketing campaign.

"It was truly an honor to be recognized for this campaign at the state level," Barr said.

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