The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is looking for a few good lifeguards — 13 to be exact.
Thirteen lifeguard and four lifeguard supervisor positions are available for certified applicants at a number of waterfront state parks around Maine, including Swan Lake State Park in Swanville, according to Brian Murray, BPL Lifeguard Academy coordinator and park manager for Popham Beach State Park. Maine state lifeguards serve at lake- and ocean-front parks, including Crescent Beach, Damariscotta, Mount Blue, Popham Beach, Range Ponds, Reid and Sebago Lake state parks. They not only provide life-saving and safety services, but they also play an important role with public relations, Murray said.
Whether it’s because of a lack of planning or a preference for the couch-potato lifestyle, able people aren’t getting qualified and then applying for the well-paying jobs, Murray said. The lifeguard shortage actually is an issue at pools, beaches and lakes up and down the East Coast, he said.
Lifeguard applicants must have certification before they can be accepted. They also have to pass a swim test, swimming 500 meters in 10 minutes or under, Murray said. Once hired, they also are required to attend Surf Academy or Lifeguard Academy, run by BPL in June, he said.
Certified individuals interested in applying for the positions may Murray at 389-1335 or e-mail Brian.J.Murray@maine.gov. The applications for the lifeguard and supervisor positions are available at: http://www.maine.gov/doc/jobs/DirectHire.shtml.