Opening of Carson City pool delayed due to staff shortage

CARSON CITY, NV (KOLO) -- It’s that time of year when teenagers should be looking for summer jobs. But one business says it's having a hard time getting candidates through the door this year.

This was supposed to be the first week the outdoor pool in Carson City was open, but due to not enough part-time employees, instead it is off limits.

Carson City Recreation Manager Mike Freeman says it’s at a point where it’s starting to affect programming. Freeman says they are looking to fill around 30 part-time lifeguard positions.

Freeman says the shortage is tied to a few things. First, the pool can't pay as much as other businesses in the area. Second, those who do apply need to be lifeguard-certified.

But Freeman believes the reward is worth the work.

"This is a great job and it's not always about the money. It's about getting paid to do a job great, but also keeping people safe and teaching kids lessons,” said Freeman.

Freeman says they are looking for people of all ages.

In case you are not certified, there are two classes still available to get your certification. They cost $70.

If you are interested in applying, you can click here. For more information, email Freeman at

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