The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) is seeking applicants to fill open lifeguard positions at 37 pools for the 2014 swim season. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, be American Red Cross Certified, and pass a skills screening test prior to being considered for employment. The department will assist applicants who pass the skills screening test prepare for the American Red Cross Certification test and will consider these candidates for employment once they have attained this certification. H.P.A.R.D. Lifeguard job position wage range is $10.30 to $14.00 per hour based on position. Applications must be made by April 15, 2014.

“Summer is rapidly approaching and we are currently looking for American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards for our 37 pools,” said Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “The need is urgent as we will be opening all H.P.A.R.D. pools at the same time this year as opposed to having a two-phase opening. This means we will need over 140 lifeguards ready to go and staff our 37 pools on May 24th. Our goal is to make sure all Houstonians across the city have access to their neighborhood pool all summer long beginning Memorial Day weekend.”

The H.P.A.R.D. Summer Swim Season runs from Memorial Day, May 24, through Labor Day, September 1.  The 2014 Summer Swim Season Pool Schedule is:

Date Pools Open Time Days Open
May 24 – June 8 37 Pools Open 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays
Plus Memorial Day Monday
June 10 – August 17 37 Pools Open 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday – Sunday
All pools closed on Mondays
Except for Holidays
August 18 – Sept 1 37 Pools Open 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays
Plus Labor Day Monday
May 26, 2014 37 Pools Open 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Memorial Day Holiday
July 4, 2014 37 Pools Open 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fourth of July Holiday
Sept 1, 2014 37 Pools Open 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Labor Day Holiday

Applications for H.P.A.R.D. Lifeguard positions must be made through the City of Houston online job site at