The Parks and Recreation Department will hire up to 80 service-oriented lifeguards by Memorial Day as city aquatic facilities prepare to welcome summertime guests at city pools. Seasonal opportunities are available to Red Cross-certified lifeguards ages 16 and older.

In addition to enforcing all the rules and regulations of the pool, lifeguards are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the assigned facility. Irving lifeguards also will get a lot of customer service experience such as registration responsibilities.

Training Available
While certified lifeguards are welcome to apply, Red Cross Lifeguarding Classes will be held at North Lake Aquatic Center, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. Interested parties can choose from the following sessions:

–March 7-9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
–March 23-26: 5 to 9 p.m. daily, March 23-25; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26
–April 20-23: 5 to 9 p.m. daily, April 20-22; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23
–May 18-21: 5 to 9 p.m. daily, May 18-20; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21

Recertification Requirements
Those who have successfully completed Red Cross training in the past are reminded that recertification is required every two years to remain eligible for employment with the Irving Parks and Recreation Department. A recertification course will be held at the North Lake Aquatic Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10-11.

Register for any of the Red Cross Lifeguarding Classes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed 2 to 4 p.m.), and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the North Lake Aquatic Center, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. Certification classes are $150, and recertification classes cost $75. Cash and checks (payable to the City of Irving) must be received at least one week before class start date. Full refunds are available if notice is given before 5 p.m. one week before the start of scheduled class.

Application Process
Red Cross-certified individuals, as well as candidates with pending certification, are encouraged to apply. New hires must be available for orientation, which will be held in May before the opening of seasonal pools set for Memorial Day weekend.

Lifeguard hopefuls can apply at the City of Irving Employment Opportunities page. For more information, call 972-756-0860 or 972-721-2718.

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