Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is recruiting more than 400 lifeguards to work at 70 pools across the city. Lifeguards are paid between $14.75 and $16.97 an hour, and work an average of 35 hours per week. But lifeguard training and certification fees can cost up to $175. These up-front costs are unaffordable for many young adults looking for summer jobs.
A new partnership with the Office of Children and Families’ Community Schools program will remove this barrier. This summer, up to 450 teenagers and young adults can go through the training and certification process at no cost.
To receive the subsidy, applicants must:
  • Be between ages 16 and 24
  • Commit to work at a Parks & Rec pool for a full summer pool season.
Anyone who is age-eligible will automatically receive the subsidy while funding lasts. No additional paperwork is required.
Lifeguard certifications are good for two years. Young adults can continue working during the off-season at private and indoor pools.
Eliminating these up-front costs will:
  • Connect young adults to meaningful work opportunities
  • Keep the City’s public pools safe
  • Ensure that all Philadelphians have a fun and healthy summer.

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