40 summer jobs open at city

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Want to be a lifeguard like Maggie Jones? Apply now with the City of Andalusia.

There are some 40 summer employment positions available with the City of Andalusia and the Andalusia Utilities Department, but teens should act quickly if interested in securing a job.

Debra Spivey, director of the city’s Depa-rtment of Human Resources, said the process of hiring the summer help began in March and will continue until each of the positions is filled.

“We’ve already got some employees working at the pool, getting things ready to go,” Spivey said. “But, there are a number of positions that will need to be filled.”

Spivey said interested students should pick up an application at Johnson Park. Typically, preference is given to those who worked in previous summers, but students shouldn’t wait to apply, she said.

“We keep the applications on record and contact students who worked previous years to see if they want to return,” Spivey said. “Whatever slots are remaining, we pick from the remaining applicants.”

Spivey said about 15 pool employees will be needed such as lifeguards, ticket takers and managers.

She said there will be a diverse group who work through the department of leisure service who will be dispersed throughout all city departments.

“There’ll be one in the administration building, the police department, planning and development and the library,” she said. “There will be several working at Johnson Park, and then of course, at the Coleman Center. The utility board will also have three or four that they work out in the field with their group.”

The jobs will begin mid-May and run through July. Students will be paid minimum wage at $7.25 per hour.

“Everybody involved learns from the experience,” Spivey said. “The students that we hire for summer provide helpful services to the city and all the departments that they work in it. It also gives the students experience in the labor market, as well as an idea of what to expect when they get out of the school and enter the job market.”