By Mac Cerullo
---- — AMESBURY — The Youth Recreation Department is looking to hire new program directors and instructors for the upcoming summer season, with some of the positions paying over $20 per hour.
Among the jobs posted on the city’s website are Sailing Summer Program director and beach director positions, along with archery instructor, paddleboard Instructor, Camp Kent program instructor and lifeguard openings.
Kathy Crowley, Amesbury’s youth recreation director, said she is hoping to fill the openings in the next couple of months and encouraged qualified applicants to send her a resume or fill out a job application as soon as possible.
“It’s on the town website, people just need to get a resume to me or they can contact me and I’ll send them an employment application,” Crowley said. “I don’t want to leave it until the last minute, but it will be open until I do hire someone.”
The salaries vary by position, ranging from $10 to $13 per hour for the Camp Kent program instructors and sailing instructors to $25 per hour for the paddleboard Instructor. Both the beach director and Sailing Summer Program director will be paid $20 per hour.
As for qualifications, the specifics depend on the position, but in general Crowley is looking for candidates who are good with kids and who have first aid and CPR certification.
Amesbury’s Youth Recreation Department serves over 1,500 kids every year, Crowley said, and the hiring process is one of the first steps toward preparing for the coming summer that she said will feature a number of programming changes compared to a year ago.
Crowley said she is particularly interested in revamping the boating program to become more sailing focused, and hiring a sailing director and instructor would allow that to happen.
“We started the boating program in 2008, and it existed as a rowing, kayaking and sailing program, and this year we’re going to direct it just toward sailing,” Crowley said. “The rowing and the kayaking will be a part of our Camp Kent environmental program, as it always has been, and new this year will be a stand-up paddleboard program as well.”
Along with paddleboarding, the recreation department will also be offering new horseback riding and fencing programs. The popular preschool, youth park and tween programs will also change from two-week sessions to one-week sessions; that way kids will have an opportunity to take advantage of more programs during the summer.
“These all used to be six-week programs, but last year we went to two-week sessions, and this year we’re going to do them all as one-week sessions,” Crowley said. “That’s because there are so many more opportunities and new programs so people can put together different weeks of doing different things.”
This year’s summer program schedule won’t be available for a couple more months, but for the benefit of prospective job applicants, the job descriptions posted on the city’s website list each position’s start and end times, most of which run from July through August with some pre- and post-season work.