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Foothills to host job fair Saturday

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Rec district looking to hire seasonal, part-time employees

By Ramsey Scott

The Foothills Park and Rec District will host its first-ever job fair on Saturday for potential employees looking for seasonal or part-time work later this year.

Foothills has openings for seasonal and part-time employees in aquatics, golf course and parks maintenance, children’s programs, and front-desk staffing, said Wenonah Macdonald, the district’s human resources administrator.

“We just have great opportunities in the district. We offer competitive hourly wages, flexible work schedules with many different shifts. It’s pretty flexible, and there may be opportunity for advancement in some areas,” Macdonald said. “We also have great benefits for employees. They get to use our rec centers and our pools for free, they get discounted golf rates, and it’s just a fun place to work. It’s a great environment.”

At the job fair, potential employees can talk with representatives of various district departments about the open positions and what each job requires, Macdonald said. Some positions, like in aquatics, require certification in CPR and first-aid, but Macdonald said people interested in those positions can become certified through courses at Foothills.

People with experience playing or coaching sports or those with experience or a desire to work in child care may also apply, Macdonald said.

Corey Erwin, an aquatics specialist for the district, got his start as a part-time summer employee a decade ago while still in high school. During and after college, Erwin said, he kept coming back to Foothills because it’s a great place to work.

“It’s a really great job compared to a lot of other things you can do when you’re a teenager. It’s a lot better than flipping burgers; it’s miles ahead of that. I found it to be really rewarding and a lot more responsibility than most of the jobs you give to a 15- or 16-year-old,” Erwin said. “One of the reasons I came back here is that they offer a lot of opportunities for advancement and promotions.”

Erwin said that Foothills offers a lifeguard course for about $185, adding that not only does a lifeguard position pay better than many jobs, it’s a valuable experience.

“You will remember the job for the rest of your life, and you’ll remember the experience in a positive way,” Erwin said. “All of our instructors and lifeguards have to teach swimming lessons, and we tell them these will be the experiences you remember. You’ll remember teaching that kid and how excited they were when they finally learned the lessons you were teaching them.”

Macdonald said a staff member from Dakota Ridge High School also will be at the job fair to help first-time job hunters with resumes and tips on interviewing.