To do that, Turner said the city has to speed up the hiring and training of 140 lifeguards. The parks department encourages people as young as 16 to apply online before April 15, so they can test and provide Red Cross certification courses for hires before opening day.
The pools will be open Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 24, and Tuesdays through Sundays starting June 10. Pools will close for the season on Sept. 1.
In the past, hiring was easier because only about half of the city’s pools opened for the weekends before school ended and the department had more funding, Turner said.
Anyone interested in applying for a lifeguard position is directed to apply at houstontx.gov/jobs. Pay ranges from $10.30 to $14 an hour.