Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for seasonal positions. The Parks Department is looking for counselors, instructors, gardeners, lifeguards and all the other personnel needed to operate summer camps, parks, pools, tennis courts and more.
"We currently have about 350 seasonal positions open," Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel said in an interview. "Some of these positions will go from April through November.”
Visit cityoffortwayne.org/jobs-with-the-city to review the positions and to apply. Most of the jobs require applicants to be 18 or older, but some positions are available for ages 16 and up.
McDaniel explained that the Parks Department is moving out of the shadow of the pandemic that stifled all such activities in 2020.
“Because of COVID last year, we were forced to close down some of the things that we usually do,” McDaniel said. “We didn’t open our pools or our summer camps, we did not have our Lifetime Sports Academy which we staff at several of our playgrounds.
"We talked with our team throughout the winter and worked to figure out what we would do to make activities safe for our staff and the participants. We worked closely with the Allen County Board of Health to be sure what we are planning in 2021 was best practices. So, we will have camps open, and our aquatic facilities will be open. In fact, everything will be open.”
The city golf courses are already open. McDaniel said clear plexiglass shields have been installed in golf carts.
Further, camp counselors are being trained to observe COVID-19 precautions.
“Our biggest issue is not enough staff,” McDaniel added. “It has been that way for the last couple of years which is why only two out of our three pools were open, Northside and McMillen. Memorial has the least amount of traffic so when we have staffing issues that is the pool we will not open."
Those seeking seasonal employment regardless of age can contact the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, 705 E. State Blvd. Call 260-427-6000.