By Tamas Mondovics

While the present outside temperatures do not entice most people to think about swimming just yet, it is no reason not to think about the upcoming summer season, especially for those that are interested in helping out at local parks and swimming pools around the county.

To that end, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is now looking for part-time lifeguards at E.G. Simmons Park and Lithia Springs Park.

As it was the case last season, qualified candidates must be at least 16 years of age and a current high school student, or must be a high school graduate or must possess a GED Certification.

According to Kemly Green, of the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department,  now is the perfect time for high school students or graduates to sign up to receive their American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification, and become lifeguards.

Lifeguard positions at either parks pays $9 an hour with several positions currently available.”

Candidates must have  a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification, current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification, and a current American Red Cross First Aid Certification.

Training to obtain the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications can be provided through Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

E.G. Simmons Park, located only three miles north of Ruskin, has been a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts since the mid-1960s.

A public beach provides visitors with a perfect setting for sunbathing and swimming, while a boat launch provides access for saltwater fishing and boating. The Park also offers fishing piers and areas for bank fishing.

The Park was developed from 258 acres of native mangroves and open land areas, intertwined with waterways. An additional 200 acres of mangrove swamp has been preserved as a bird and wildlife sanctuary.

The 160-acre Lithia Springs park, located on the Alafia River, is proud of its natural spring that provides an excellent swimming experience, as the water temperature remains at 72 degrees year around.

For additional information, contact C. Kiddy, E.G. Simmons Park, (813) 671-7655, or R. Donnell, Lithia Springs Park, (813) 744-5572.

A job description and application can be found online at


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