With Summer just a few weeks away, many Grand Valley students are gearing up to find those summer jobs -- but the Grand Junction Parks and Rec Department, which provides many of those jobs, says they'll have extra competition this year.
The Lincoln Park pool might be completely empty now, but in just a few weeks it will be flooded with the summer crowds -- as will the tennis courts, ball parks, and golf courses among other things.
And officials say packed parks means more hired help. Grand Junction Parks and Rec Director Rob Schoeber says in the past that has taken the form of college and high school students -- but this year, their pool of applicants looks a lot different.
"This year we have seen a lot more people who have either been laid off or who are out of work right now, looking for some kind of position to get them through the summer at least," said Schoeber.
And he says it's not just the diversity of applicants that is growing, but the number of applicants as well.
"In the parks area, we've seen two to three times the number of applications we normally see," said Schoeber.
The City is currently hiring lifeguards, other pool staff, program leaders, maintenance workers and athletic staff. Even though they're only seasonal jobs, Schoeber says he's not surprised that so many people are gunning for them.
"I think seasonal jobs are a great way to get into a community," said Schoeber.
He says many of the department's full time employees started off as seasonal workers, and there are plenty of opportunities to advance. That's why he encourages anyone who thinks their future may be in parks and recreation to apply.
"If they have an interest in working outdoors, it's a great time to apply for the City of Grand Junction," said Schoeber.
The deadline to turn in applications for most of the jobs is May 1. Applications can be picked up at the Parks & Rec Administration Building at Lincoln Park. For more information you can call the City Parks and Rec Department at (970) 254-3842.