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Mayor Hogsett, Indy Parks Highlight Summer Job Opportunities 

Indy Parks seeks to fill over 400 seasonal positions with sign-on bonuses up to $500 

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett joined City-County Council Parks Committee Chairman Jared Evans, Indy Parks Director Phyllis Boyd, and Indy Parks staff to highlight the more than 400 summer jobs available at parks across the city. Available positions include lifeguards, pool managers, camp counselors, food program positions, cashiers, park inspectors, stage technicians, and more. 

“Indy Parks are paying some of the best wages for summer youth employment in Indianapolis,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “And not only are you making money at a fun job, but you enable our city parks to offer more of the recreational and community-oriented summer activities that we love most.” 

Lifeguards start at $15 an hour, Pool Managers start at $16.50, and Camp Counselors start at $14/hr. A $500 sign-on bonus is available for eligible positions until April 5. A $250 sign on bonus will be available after April 5. Both bonuses are subject to eligibility. Residents aged 16 and up are encouraged to apply, some camp counselor and food program staff positions require applicants to be 18 or older. More information is available at parks.indy.gov/summerjobs. 

Last week, Indiana Sports Corp announced that they will partner with Indy Parks to provide lifeguards with a free ticket to the US Olympic Team Trials this summer at Lucas Oil Stadium, providing them the opportunity to watch future Olympians compete to make the USA Swimming team.  

“As we continue to foster the growth and prosperity of our community, it’s imperative that we prioritize the empowerment of our youth through meaningful employment opportunities,” said Chairman Jared Evans. “By engaging in meaningful work within our parks, youth not only contribute to the programming and enhancement of our public spaces but also develop a deeper appreciation for the environment and recreational resources available within our city.” 

In 2023, Indy Parks opened 16 pools at across the city and hired nearly 100 more lifeguards than in 2022. Those staff also helped provide swim lessons and swim team programming at nine pools. Seasonal food program staff helped to serve over 60,000 summer meals in 2023 as part of the Summer Servings program that provides meals to children when they don’t have access to school-based meals.  

“Indy Parks summer staff provide crucial and even lifesaving services for our city, said Indy Parks Director Phyllis Boyd. “Our lifeguards provide a safe pool experience, our camp counselors provide enriching experiences for children, our food program staff provide meals to youth, and so much more. These jobs are a great opportunity to serve our community and provide good pay and bonuses.” 

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