Parks and rec department proposes lifeguard pay increase


March 16, 2022

The parks and recreation department wants to hire and retain lifeguards at the pool, and is asking the borough assembly to amend the current wage classification so as to offer more competitive salaries.

People shy away, Director Kate Thomas said, because the pay is low compared to the rest of Southeast, or anywhere else in Alaska, to do what is potentially a liability-incurring job — monitor the pool and dive in to help if someone is in danger.

The jobs are part time.

The current starting wage for lifeguards and recreation assistants is $10.34 an hour, minimum wage in Alaska under state...

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