Clark County Seeks Lifeguards for Training, Jobs
Clark County Parks and Recreation is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2013 pool season. Positions are available for those 15 ½ and older from $9 to $15 per hour based on experience and certifications. The Aquatics Department is seeking applicants to fill cashier, lifeguard, water safety instructor and management positions. Those who currently hold the American Red Cross lifeguard certification or who are interested in cashier positions can fill out an application online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Those who wish to apply for a lifeguard or other water-related position must complete the Lifeguard Training Course at either Hollywood Aquatics Center, 1550 S. Hollywood Blvd. near Las Vegas High School or Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility, 8275 W. Spring Mountain Road near Durango Drive. There are currently 10 urban facilities and four rural facilities in Indian Springs, Logandale, Overton and Laughlin seeking applicants.
Those ages 15 and older can take the Lifeguard Training Course for the reduced rate of $70 if they sign an employment contract with Clark County Parks and Recreation. The cost is $140 to take the course without the contract. The course includes lifesaving skills, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, automated external defibrillator (AED) and emergency first aid. Pre-requisite skills include 300-yard continuous swim and a retrieval of a weighted object from 7 to 10 feet of water. All classes must be attended to successfully complete the course. The five-day course is held multiple times from now until the last course which begins May 2.
Those who are interested in lifeguard training, but may not yet be ready to complete the pre-requisites, can attend a lifeguard preparation course at Hollywood Aquatics Center. Trained staff will work with students to prepare them to pass pre-requisites for entry into the Lifeguard Training Course. After the class, students can come to practice and receive tips from staff. The class is offered 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 29 and 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 12. Cost for the preparation course is $10.
In addition to traditional lifeguard training, this season Clark County Parks and Recreation introduced the interactive learning platform offered by the American Red Cross. For those with Internet access, applicants can build the same knowledge and skill as the traditional in-person training. The online format allows class participants to complete interactive lessons and activities on their own time at home. Instructor-led sessions reinforce learning and emphasize skills.
Registration, as well as dates and times for all classes, can be found online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Applicants also can register for preparation, traditional and interactive lifeguard courses at any Clark County Parks and Recreation community center. Those interested can call Clark County’s Aquatics Department at (702) 455-8508. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.