RICHARDSON – A shortage of available lifeguards has Parks and Recreation staff increasing pay and putting out urgent calls for anyone looking for a summer job that offers flexible hours and job training. The changes are hoped to help attract enough people needed to fill lifeguard positions to keep public pools operating during their normal summer schedule.  

In order to attract applicants, the City is offering flexible work hours and has bumped the starting pay for lifeguards from $9.50 to $11.50 per hour. Lifeguards must be at least 15 years old and have a current lifeguard certification. For applicants who are not certified, the City is offering a certification course. If you can’t make that course, additional offerings can be found through the American Red Cross website,

The City offers outdoor swimming at four neighborhood pools and the Heights Family Aquatic Center. The Heights Family Aquatic Center opens for the season May 29; neighborhood pools open June 5.

For more information and to fill out an application online, visit (click on “Seasonal”).

Contact: 972-744-7892

Lifeguard Certification Course Scheduled for May 31- June 2

For lifeguard applicants who are not already certified, the City is holding a lifeguard certification class May 31-June 2. Classroom training will take place May 31 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Huffhines Recreation Center, with in-water training taking place 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1-2 at Cottonwood Pool. You must attend all three days in order to complete the training. Interviews will be offered upon completion of the training.

The cost is $225 and pre-registration is required. To register