Published: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 8:26 AM in the Staten Island Advance: http://www.google.com/gwt/x?source=reader&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.silive.com%2Fnorthshore%2Findex.ssf%2F2011%2F03%2Fneed_a_summer_job_openings_for.html
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Not all summer jobs have dried up. According to June Tata at Pool Therapist Management, she still has 100 openings for life guards this summer.
To work as a lifeguard, you must be at least 15 years old and certified. Classes that lead to certification are ongoing at different sites, among them the College of Staten Island in Willowbrook, the Jewish Community Center in Sea View and the YMCA South Shore branch in Eltingville and North Shore Broadway Center in West Brighton.
According to Ms. Tata, the starting rate for a new lifeguard is $7.50 an hour; more experienced guards can earn as much as $10 an hour. Many then go on to manage swimming pools.
Pool Therapist Management places lifeguards for private condominiums and swim clubs around Staten Island. The company tries to place guards in jobs as close to their homes as possible to minimize commutes.
In recent years, Pool Therapist Management has had trouble filling all the positions it has and has resorted to bringing in qualified youngsters from overseas. "Things are different now," said Ms. Tata, who is hoping to be able to fill her quota with eligible Staten Island youngsters, looking for work.
To find out more about enrolling in a training class or applying, contact Ms. Tata at 718-370-7003, ext. 10. Leave a message; she will return your call.