City of Richfield raises seasonal pay rates to attract summer staff
Richfield, Minn. (April 5, 2023) – Richfield’s Recreation Services Department has a fun summer planned with a slew of special events, an outdoor pool with concessions, a playgrounds program for hundreds of area kids and more. With the snow quickly melting and Minnesotans start to think about spring, city leaders are now searching for those dozens of talented and capable individuals to be part of Richfield’s seasonal staff.
In late March, Recreation staff tabled at the Academy of Holy Angels, speaking with hundreds of teens about their summer plans. Later this month, they will attend the job fair hosted at Richfield High School. Interested students will be able to learn more about the department and which position might suit their areas of interest for the summer or as a future career.
To help attract summer staff, city management has raised seasonal pay rates across the board, with most seasonal positions starting at $15 per hour or higher.
“We know that these summer recreation programs are so important to the community,” shared Human Resources Manager Jamie Haefner “after hearing feedback from our employment candidates, and in looking at the current job market, we decided to raise our seasonal pay rates to ensure that we are able to continue to offer them.”
New this summer, the recreation department is hiring Recreation Attendants to help with a variety of tasks and programs.
“Recreation Attendants will get a chance to work with several different programs, helping at the ball fields, Community Center, farmers market, special events and more” explained Recreation Programming Manager Karl Huemiller “it would be a great fit for someone that is thinking about going into the Recreation field, or just likes every day at work to be a little different from the last.”
Minnesota summers are for spending outside, according to Renae Zink, who oversees the Richfield Pool. “Our staff help create a fun and safe environment for swimmers at the Richfield Pool each summer, and often create lasting friendships with their colleagues.” She’s currently recruiting a range of staff, including a pool supervisor, lifeguards, pool attendants and concessions staff.
For individuals who enjoy the youthful energy of kids, the Richfield playground program is also looking for Playground Leaders to create weekly themes that include games, field trips, crafts and snacks. This position works throughout the city with kids ages 6 to 12.
Seasonal positions can also offer a pathway to long-term employment for the right candidate.
“Not a lot of residents know this, but over the years, many of our summer employees were later hired as full-time city staffers,” stated City Manager Katie Rodriguez. “Our summer employees learn valuable skills and if we have an opening they are interested in, we know they can hit the ground running from day one.”
Applications are now being accepted for the following seasonal or intermittent positions:
- Adaptive Leader/ Specialist $12.92 - $15.01
- Farmers Market Cashier $15.11 - $17.48
- Ice Arena Event Attendant $12.01 - $13.89
- Ice Resurfacer Operator $16.33
- Inclusion Facilitator $15.01
- Lifeguard $15.11
- Playground Coordinator $18.88
- Playground Leader $15.01
- Pool Attendant/ Cashier & Concessions $12.92
- Pool Supervisor $19.43
- Recreation Attendant $15.11 - $17.48
- Tennis Coordinator $16.33 - $18.88
- Tennis Instructor $18.00 - $25.00