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McMinnville Hiring Lifeguards for Summer

You can get paid to spend your summer at the pool by applying to be a lifeguard with McMinnville Parks and Recreation.

Wellness Coordinator and Pool Manager Mari-Lynn Wilson said in addition to being at the pool, lifeguards gain valuable experience that can further them in life.

“Being a lifeguard is so rewarding–it is a good first step for people as their first job,” Wilson said. “It’s something that looks good on a resume when you’re applying for colleges or for other jobs because it does take a lot of responsibility to be a lifeguard and be willing to watch people all day and respond to emergencies.”

Wilson said it is a great way to foster connection and make a difference in the community.

“I think it is a really rewarding job to spend your day with the kids and helping children out and talking to kids and getting to know your regular patrons,” Wilson said. “I just think it’s a really good first job stepping point, and it’s also just a really good job for anybody ”

Wilson said from their 30 hours of training, lifeguards learn important life-saving skills and get certified in CPR. Wilson said that while she thinks anybody can be a lifeguard, there are some requirements.

“You have to be able to swim 300 yards without stopping, you have to be able to retrieve a 10 pound weight from the bottom of the pool, you have to be able to tread water for two minutes with no hands, and you also have to be 16 years old.”

Wilson said they’re looking to hold another training session this weekend, and that they cost $185. To apply, visit the city of McMinnville’s website on their employment opportunities page.

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