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Tulsa Parks Has Openings for Lifeguards, Day Camp Counselors - April 2021

This article was archived on 7/11/2021

Attention students looking for summer jobs: Tulsa Parks has openings for lifeguards and day camp counselors. Tulsa Parks will operate four pools for the summer of 2021: Berry, McClure, Lacy, and Whiteside (reopening with new pool). Reed pool is under construction and will not open this season.

Day camps will be held at Hicks, Lacy, Reed, Whiteside, Jane A. Malone, and Central parks. An art camp will be held at WaterWorks Art Center.

Tulsa Parks lifeguards have the opportunity to develop core work ethics and professionalism in a high-energy environment. Potential applicants will enhance their communication skills by learning team building, customer service, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, crisis management, and emergency rescue skills.

Lifeguards will receive pre-season training and training that continues throughout the season. The pools will open in early June and close during the second week of August. Lifeguard pay ranges from $9.00 to $9.36 per hour. The schedule is 40 hours per week, six days per week or part-time positions are available.

Lifeguard applicants need to be at least 16 years old and obtain current certification in Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR for Pro-Rescuer, and First Aid. YMCA Lifeguarding certification also is accepted. Lifeguards who would like to teach American Red Cross swim lessons need to have Water Safety Instructor certification. To apply, fill out the application online at or request an application by calling the aquatics coordinator at (918)596-2526 or email

Being a camp counselor can be a demanding summer job. Still, it also can also be one of the most rewarding opportunities to influence children’s lives. Day camps offer a variety of activities for children ages 6 to 12, including sports, games, arts and crafts, special events, swimming, field trips, and more. Counselors will lead and supervise all aspects of the day camp program. The American Camping Association accredits Tulsa Parks’ Day Camps.

Camp counselor orientation will be held June 1 through 4. Day camps run from June 7 through Aug. 6. Counselor pay is $8.65 per hour, with a 40-hour workweek. Counselors are compensated for their attendance at orientation. Camp counselor applicants need to be high school graduates – one year of college preferred. To apply, fill out the application online or request an application by calling customer service at (918) 596-PARK.