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Casper Parks and Recreation still working to fill out summer staff

The entrance to the North Casper Ball Field and Soccer Complex near the Casper Parks and...
The entrance to the North Casper Ball Field and Soccer Complex near the Casper Parks and Recreation offices in Casper, Wyo.(David Graf)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 7:54 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Every year the summer seasonal staff grows for Casper parks and recreation, and this summer’s staff still lacks about 50 workers.

The gap is needed to be filled in order to maintain all of the planned summer activities. Lifeguards, summer camp leaders and mowing operations employees are near the top of the list.

Casper Parks and Recreation Director Tim Cortez said seasonal workers are “critical.” “We couldn’t afford to have full-time people on and then carve them off just to do all this work in the summertime,” said Cortez in an interview on Wednesday afternoon at the parks and recreation offices. “I mean it’s important that we have folks that have other priorities or other commitments for the rest of the year.”

Cortez said that if all of the positions are not filled that it would require some of the activities and regular maintenance to be scaled back.

Cortez acknowledged most of the jobs are filled by younger people working for the first time, but he said this is a cool opportunity.

“We have people on our staff that their first job was mowing for state parks or being a lifeguard at aquatics,” said Cortez. “And here they are 30 years later, and they have a good career with the city, and it all kind of started back when they were 15 or 16 years old.”

To learn more about the open positions and apply, check out the city of Casper’s job board here.

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