The Plano Parks and Recreation Department is getting an early start to hiring for summer positions.

A recruiting event is set for March 4 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road.

In all, the city is looking to hire 200-300 seasonal employees this year, according to Kelley Crimmins, community outreach specialist for the parks and recreation department.

Some of the available roles for the part-time and seasonal positions are lifeguards, swim instructors, day camp counselors and recreation aides. The city is also hiring for concession attendants, gymnastic coaches, head lifeguards, learn-to-swim instructors and swim teaching assistants.

During and following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Plano found it challenging to find seasonal employees. The city has faced a shortage of lifeguards for each of the last two years, limiting hours at certain facilities.

“Last year was really difficult and we had to close some of the pools a little early,” Crimmins said.

To help avoid similar staffing shortages this year, the city is holding earlier recruiting events and is also reaching out to various parent and community groups, according to Crimmins.

Although potential employees for these roles can be as young as age 14, retirees and other adults are also encouraged to apply.

No experience is required. Training and any required certifications are provided at no cost. Applicants seeking an aquatics position should bring a swimsuit, as swim tests will also be conducted.

More information about parks and recreation positions and the recruiting event is available online.