Ashburton District Council is on a recruitment drive to secure more lifeguards ahead of the new EA Networks Centre opening in the middle of this year and is encouraging interested candidates to put forward their applications via its website.
Council's Sports Facility Manager Steve Prescott says the lifeguard role is likely to be an attractive position to those who are interested in health and fitness and looking for part-time or full-time hours.
"The EA Networks Centre is going to be an exciting environment to work in and with four pools set to open in the coming months, we're looking to get at least 10 lifeguard positions filled now.
"The role of a lifeguard presents an ideal opportunity to enter the health and fitness industry. We're offering full training and flexible hours - part-time or full-time work schedules on a rostered system between 5.30am to 9pm, seven days a week.
"Add to that working in a first-class facility under the backdrop of the Southern Alps and a variety of duties including supervising aquatic activities, assisting with events and the opportunity to work in the gym, stadium and customer service.
"You don't need to have had lifeguard experience to apply however you will need to be able to swim 200 metres in under four minutes and must hold, or be willing to gain, a First Aid Certificate.
"Successful candidates will be required to complete a Pool Lifeguard Practicing Certificate which will be self-taught through a workbook and will be valid for two years. Once this is complete, they will then be required to complete an assessment before starting work alongside an existing lifeguard."
Council is also on the hunt for a Bookings Coordinator who will manage bookings and events for the centre and help drive business development through effective marketing and relationship building with key user groups. In the near future, Council will also be recruiting for gym, group exercise and administration staff.
Council has recently filled two important positions at the EA Networks Centre, Plant and Maintenance Officer and Gym Supervisor.
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