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Find Your Dream Job at Hillsboro’s First Ever Job Fair

Post Date:02/27/2020
Job Fair FlyerEver wondered what it’s like to be a lifeguard, maintain parks greenspaces or work at the library? Find out at the City of Hillsboro’s first ever Job Fair, scheduled for February 29, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center. 

Representatives from various Parks & Recreation divisions including Recreation, Park Maintenance, Cultural Arts, and Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) will be on hand, along with the Hillsboro Public Library to provide information, answer questions and even help with the application process. With dozens of positions to fill, openings include everything from seasonal positions to full and part time opportunities. 

“We have 12 open schedules at the library right now. That’s unusual and exciting!” says Hillsboro Public Library Manager, Hillary Ostlund. 

Other positions include maintenance workers, facility supervisors, summer camp leaders, recreations specialists, cashiers, front desk staff and more. There will be also be information about upcoming positions at the new Hidden Creek Community Center when it opens this fall. 

Applicants should bring updated resumes and lots of questions to the event. They’re also encouraged to leave their reservations and self-doubt at home, even if this is their first time applying for a job. “We’re here to guide candidates to the position best suited for them based on their abilities and qualifications,” says Ryan Myers, Recreation Supervisor, SHARC. 

Potential lifeguards and fitness instructors are invited to take part in more hands-on sessions. A Fitness Demonstration, scheduled from 11 am to 1:30 pm, will provide a look at different certifications, explore how to choose the right music and leave time for questions and answers. 

Uncertified lifeguards can take a pre-course skills test to see if the position is right for them. Bring a swimsuit, towel and goggles (optional) and be prepared to swim 300 yards without stopping, tread water using legs only for two minutes and retrieve a 10-lb brick from the bottom of the pool. 

Certified lifeguards should bring a copy of their certification. Personal trainers need a current personal training certification and are recommended to hold a fitness-related certification. 

The bulk of positions, however, require no special certifications. 

“This is a great, low-barrier entry into government work,” says Ostlund. “If we can get community members who already love Hillsboro to serve Hillsboro by becoming an employee…that’s a total win!”

Can’t make the Job Fair? Check out available positions on the City’s Jobs webpage.  
   
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