The pool needs you
It's not Baywatch, but being a lifeguard at the Molalla Aquatic Center is a pretty great gig, according to Director Melissa Georgesen and members of her staff. And the good news is, there are spots open.
Georgesen tries to create a relaxed environment, and it seems to be working.
"Last week in training, [staff] told me that it was fun, they like how they get scheduled and the teamwork—it's a drama-free work zone. They show up and work and go home," Georgesen said. "That was nice for me to hear that they enjoy it, because I love what I do. You can't pull me away from the pool."
The center is hiring for summer lifeguards, swim instructors, front desk attendants and more; and they offer flexibility with scheduling. Some of the current lifeguards and instructors work at other area pools as well.
"We're flexible with school schedule, we're flexible with family commitments, we're flexible with other jobs," Georgesen said.
She also noted that working at the pool is a great first job and could be the start of a fantastic career.
"You get paid to play," Georgesen said. "You get to show up and teach kids how to swim. You're teaching life-long skills. So there's a lot of value in the job. And I've seen over the years a lot of the staff go on to do teaching jobs, Fire/EMS jobs…I have a couple nurses, I have other people running their own pools…and then a lot of people who go into the military. All of them have said that the skills that they pick up at the pool have helped them with their teaching endeavors. So it's a really nice first job."
Anyone ages 15 and up are eligible to apply to become lifeguards, and anyone 16 and older can apply to become a swim instructor. The center offers ongoing trainings to qualify applicants for open positions.
This week, the Aquatic Center will host a Water Safety Instructor Course that will certify participants to teach swimming lessons. It involves an online portion to be completed at home before attending the class, and then the class will take place on June 7 from 5-7 p.m., June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center. Call the pool at 503-759-7665 to register.
There will also be an upcoming lifeguard training with a date to be determined.