Anticipated increased outdoor activities at City of Carlsbad facilities during the spring and summer led to increased seasonal temporary hires, said Development Director Ted Cordova.
“The waterpark has the most seasonal employees due to the need for lifeguards who are required for us to remain in operation,” Cordova said.
Advertisements for help at the City of Carlsbad Waterpark began in February and the Carlsbad City Council approved nearly 11 temporary hires near the end of March, read City of Carlsbad City Council documents.
Closed in 2020 due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the waterpark had around 35,000 visitors during May through September 2021, per City Carlsbad Community Development data.
City of Carlsbad Spokesperson Kyle Marksteiner said the waterpark would open May 28, Memorial Day weekend.
Cordova said temporary help was used in the City of Carlsbad Parks Department, the Riverwalk Recreation Center and the Lake Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course.
During the spring and summer of last year, Lake Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course had two temporary employees and six fulltime employees, per City of Carlsbad data.
More than 15,000 rounds of golf were played April through August 2021 at the Lake Carlsbad Golf Course, and since the beginning of this year, 3,607 rounds of golf were played at Lake Carlsbad, according to Community Development data.
Temporary work equals life skills
“The experiences gained in this particular area include learning to manage their time, learning to get along with others and understanding how to follow directives and the consequences that go along with that if you don’t follow directives,” Cordova said.
He said hard work, punctuality, working well with others and dedication shown by seasonal workers could lead to fulltime employment with the City of Carlsbad.
“They stand a good chance of being hired by the city given job availability,” Cordova said.
He said applicants must be 15 or older to apply for seasonal work with the City of Carlsbad.
“If anyone is interested, we would like interested individuals to fill out an application with the human resources department at the City of Carlsbad,” Cordova said.
Temporary employees fill vital roles at New Mexico State Parks
Ray Drake, southeast regional director for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (ENMRD) New Mexico State Parks, said seasonal workers at state parks mow, landscape, clean up trash and help with boating.
“It depends on what type of park it is, as the needs may vary some,” he said. “Seasonal staff are hired in the summer. We have hired for the full year due to staff shortages.”
Drake said most seasonal jobs start in April and last until the middle of September. Ages and backgrounds varied for temporary help.
Pay is $15 an hour and Drake said temporary workers may attain fulltime employment with the State Parks Division.
People with extra time who wish to volunteer at a state park were encouraged to apply at the state parks website.
“Volunteers are always needed each spring and summer,” said EMNRD Spokesperson Wendy Mason.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park Director David Heckard sought volunteers for multiple positions at the park north of Carlsbad.
Heckard was on duty March 28, answering phone calls at the park’s front desk.
“The position where I’m standing right now is the front desk position and we have openings in that right now,” he said. “You need to be trustworthy and run a cash register.”
Heckard said extra help was appreciated during school and special events.
“We have a category called docents. They generally have to take the docent course and pass it and then their familiar with the history of the park and they can lead school groups. We only have some volunteers that work on special events,” he said.
Heckard said COVID-19 impacted some programs at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.
“All of that stuff has kind of gone away with the pandemic. It’s not officially back 100 percent. Hopefully it doesn’t change with another variant. Hopefully we can reinstitute some of our special programs,” he said.