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Need a summer job? The city of Akron is hiring 18 lifeguards for the upcoming season

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 11:51:42-05

AKRON, Ohio — Are you at least 17 years old, like swimming and need a summer job? The city of Akron is hiring at least 18 lifeguards for this upcoming season.

Applicants must be at least 17, have completed the 11th grade and have a valid driver’s license. Any applying must also be Red Cross certified by June.

The number of lifeguards the city is looking for is about 10 more than in previous years.

The pay rate for the positions is $11.18 an hour, which, according to the city, is more than similar jobs in other areas.

“The results of our community-wide recreation survey revealed that pools continue to be important drivers of connection, safety, and quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “By offering a Red Cross Certification class and expanding opportunities for lifeguards to high school seniors, we hope to be able to extend pool hours this summer.”

If you need Red Cross certification, the Akron Recreation Bureau is offering a class this month for a $99 fee. The fee covers materials, instruction and a certificate. The course will be held at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health and Wellness Center, 4300 Allen Road, Stow, from March 14 to 17. The class is open to anyone, and attendees are not required to apply for a lifeguard position after completion.

Akron will hold a hiring event Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Ohio Means Jobs Center, 1040 East Tallmadge Avenue, 44310.