Broomfield Recreation recruiting, gearing up for busy summer season – Boulder Daily Camera

After two summers with less-than-normal staffing and visitors, Broomfield’s recreation centers are looking to bring on plenty of new staff for the summer in hopes of being back at full capacity.

Broomfield Parks, Recreation and Senior Services are looking to hire in multiple locations for multiple positions at the Broomfield Community Center, Paul Derda Recreation Center and Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park that are currently available and will continue through the summer.

Some positions currently hiring include coaches for summer sports, lifeguards, swim instructors, camp leaders and more. Most of the jobs are entry-level and part-time, which is great for high schoolers on break or college students home for the summer, though any age groups are welcome to apply. Some supervisor-type positions will be available for people with more experience in similar recreation activities.

Pool Manager Michael Burpoe watches over the Broomfield Community Center pool on Wednesday. (Sydney McDonald/Staff Writer)

According to the Athletics and Gymnastics Program Manager Angela Delier, applicants for coaching and referee positions for the youth sports activities don’t have to have extensive knowledge and experience, just basic knowledge and interest in a sport will work for most of these jobs.

“We are looking for anyone interested in recreation activities right now,” Delier said. “You don’t have to be an expert in something to get hired. This is a great opportunity to explore interests. We are willing to provide training and help you work in different areas.”

Veronica Mueller, fitness supervisor in Broomfield agreed, saying that working a recreation job is a great way to explore different areas of interest and is extremely flexible with other schedules.

“If you have any desire in recreation, you can find a place to start and then learn different areas and really grow,” Mueller said.

Mueller mentioned one of the biggest perks of a recreation job is all employees receive a free pass to use the recreation facilities, as well as hours during the summer still allow for a social life outside of work.

The recreation centers, specifically the pools, have suffered from being short staffed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Dawn Rachjaibun, aquatics program manager for Broomfield, said currently the aquatics team is about 240 hours a week short, which is equivalent to about 25 staff members, and those numbers will only increase once Bay Aquatic Park opens in May.

Residents enjoying The Bay Aquatic Park at the Broomfield Community Center. (Courtesy of Veronica Mueller, fitness supervisor for Broomfield)

“We have a ways to go with hiring right now,” Rachjaibun said. “What sets us apart from other jobs for younger kids is we are really flexible. We work with schedules as much as possible and we try to be as fun and engaging as we possibly can. You can start a job like this in high school and work all the way through college, when you come back for breaks or during the summer you can come back to this job.”

If you work in aquatics, you constantly rotate through all three facilities, Rachjaibun emphasized, so you don’t get bored of one specific area.

The current focus is getting all recreation areas fully staffed for the summer, so all facilities can get back to normal hours. Currently, hours for the pools are fluctuating depending upon scheduling availabilities with the current staff. Rachjaibun said the facilities are already seeing an influx of participants within the community since COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed in the past few weeks, and especially compared to the past two summers.

“Right now, our biggest restriction is staffing levels,” Rachjaibun said. “Safety is first for us and if we don’t have enough staff we can’t open full capacity, so that’s where we are at right now. The more staff we can have the better, so we can be safe and back at full capacity.”

All training and certifications, such as the ones needed for lifeguarding, are done in-house and are paid. Pay rates for each job vary depending on the job type and experience. For a full list of current openings, visit governmentjobs.com/careers/broomfield.

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