If you like to spend time at the beach and if you like to earn money, the park board has a deal for you. The organization is seeking more than 150 people who want to work where they play during the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

If you think you might be interested in learning about the open positions, plan to attend the Galveston Park Board job fair from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Park Board Plaza, 601 23rd St., in Galveston.

The park board is seeking lifeguards for the Galveston Island Beach Patrol, seawall parking ambassadors, beach cleaners and gate attendants at the beach parks. The start date for these positions is March 10 when the beach parks officially open for the busy tourism season.

“We anticipate strong visitation numbers again this year,” Kelly de Schaun, park board executive director said. “We’re looking for people who can help us welcome our guests and put Galveston’s best face forward.”

Seasonal part-time and full-time positions are open. The schedules are flexible and starting pay ranges from $8.25 to $12.45 per hour. Once hired, employees will receive Certified Tourism Ambassador training and on-the-job training as well. Starting in a seasonal capacity just may open the door to a long-term career opportunity.

“Our organization hires from within as much as possible,” Kimberly Danesi, park board human resources manager said. “In fact, nine people who started out as part-time or seasonal employees last year became full-time, year-round employees. That’s 10 percent of our full-time work force.”

And, full-time employees are eligible to receive great benefits, including health insurance and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.

Those who come to the job fair should take their Social Security card and a valid driver’s license. The application process is now fully automated and park board representatives will be available to assist applicants.

To view available jobs, visit www.galvestonparkboard.org.

Park board meetings are open to the public and the public may address the board of trustees during the meetings. Park board meetings are typically held on the fourth Tuesdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. at 601 Tremont St. If you are interested in seeing a park board issue discussed in this column, or if you have any questions, please send them my way. I can be reached at mbassett@galvestonparkboard.org.

Mary Beth Bassett is the public relations coordinator for the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Park Board of Trustees.

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