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City of Austin Needs Lifeguards

Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

The City of Austin is reporting a shortage of people applying to be lifeguards. The Aquatics Division of the Parks and Recreation Department needs more  applicants than it has jobs for, because not everyone will get through the training.

“We have 600 positions open, but they need a thousand applicants to fill those 600 positions, because, not everybody has the qualifications," Parks and Recreation spokesperson Victor Ovalle said.

So far, they've received only 500 applicants.

City of Austin lifeguards earn between $8 and $10.50 an hour. You can apply on the city's website

Ovalle says he expects they’ll have enough applicants in time for swimming pools to open across the city after school lets out for the summer. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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