GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WFRV) – Summer swimming season is almost here in northeastern Wisconsin, but the fate of Green Bay’s three public swimming pools is unknown. The city has a significant staff shortage when it comes to hiring lifeguards.
In just over two weeks, the City of Green Bay hopes to open its three swimming pools for the season. But according to Ann Moeller, recreation supervisor, that is unlikely to happen.
“If we were to open today, we would have enough staff to operate the Resch Aquatic Center. That’s all at this point. That’s all we have, ”Moeller said.
And that’s because of a shortage of lifeguards. Moeller says she needs 50 lifeguards to open all three pools and currently has 30 other positions to fill.
“I think we’re just competing with a ton of jobs,” Moeller said.
“Lifeguards are the reason the pool is open. Without lifeguards, we cannot open the pools, ”said Nora Reschke, pool manager / lifeguard
Reschke is entering her sixth year as a lifeguard, a job she says has been a fun summer.
“You meet so many new people. You work with great people, get to know the community, ”said Reschke.
But she realizes that her team’s main duty here is to ensure the safety of the swimmers.
“We need to have that many lifeguards in a pool to make sure every part of the pool is supervised. Water safety is really important. That’s why we’re here, ”Reschke said.
“It’s a big job, so we want to know that we have the right people at work,” Moeller said.
So, while Moeller is recruiting, she’s also committed to involving the best candidates.
“Yes, we are going to be picky and demanding. We’re going to make sure these pools are safe when we open, ”Moeller said.
And if some pools open a little later than expected, this is how it should be.
“I hope we can open our facilities, but we just need people to apply. That’s really what it comes down to, ”Moeller said.
If you would like to apply for a lifeguard position with the City of Green Bay, follow this link.