Parks and recreation districts looking to hire seasonal workers

It feels like spring outside which means -- hopefully -- summer isn't too far away. However, some parks and recreation districts might want time to slow down, so they can get the chance to fill positions for their busiest season.

People from the Apex Park and Recreation District in Arvada know it can be tough to staff its facilities for the summer, but this year they think they have it under control.

The district has raised wages for lifeguards from $9.69 per hour to $11.42, is building new facilities and has created a whole new brand in hopes of attracting applicants.

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“You never want to take your eye off of it, you always want to be proactive and look at trends, and try to make the adjustments that we need to make so we’re an attractive place for people to work,” Jim Whitfield, Board Chair for Apex Parks and Recreation district, said.

The Brighton Parks and Recreation District doesn't want to have a repeat of last year's low staffing numbers for certain divisions.

According to Director of Brighton Parks and Recreation Gary Wardle, last year the district only had half the amount of park maintenance employees it needed.

He said they try to offer competitive wages, but sometimes they’re not enough. Now is one of those times.

“We see that every time the economy is doing well and unemployment is low, we struggle to get employees because they have other opportunities that can pay more,” Wardle said.

Both districts will be holding job fairs to fill seasonal positions:

Apex Parks and Recreation:

Saturday, March 10

10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Apex Center Randall Room, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada CO

Brighton Parks and Recreation

Saturday, March 17

10 a.m. until 2p.m.

Brighton Recreation Center, 555. N. 11th Ave., Brighton CO