Poughkeepsie is offering big bucks and bonuses to fill lifeguard jobs

A raise and ridiculously high bonuses have made being a lifeguard one of the most lucrative summer jobs in the Hudson Valley.

At a time when finding lifeguards has become a challenge, the town of Poughkeepsie has developed a plan to fill positions at two of its pools. In a bid to open pools in Pulaski Park and Spratt Park, Mayor Rob Rollison has announced a pay raise and the chance to earn up to three bonuses.

Rollison says the city is doing everything it can to make sure residents enjoy its public pools.

The Town of Poughkeepsie, like many municipalities, understands that there has been a shortage of lifeguards, but we are determined to do everything we can to mobilize staff to open our two municipal pools.

The plan includes raising lifeguard salaries from $16 to $22 and offering bonuses of up to $1,500. Applicants will receive a $500 sign-up bonus and an additional $500 for making it through the summer and completing the season. The City will also offer an additional $500 bonus to any employee who refers another “fully certified lifeguard” who completes the season. Pool manager positions also receive a raise from $20 to $25 per hour and will be eligible to receive the same $1,500 in bonuses.

Currently, the Town of Poughkeepsie is working on opening both pools to residents. Pool attendant positions are also available for those able to clean and “maintain order” at Pulaski Park and Spratt Park.

Rollison says the fee will again be waived for residents if there are enough lifeguards and attendants to meet state safety and staffing requirements and pools in the town of Poughkeepsie are allowed to open.

Candidates can find more information about all these positions via the Town of Poughkeepsie website.

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