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      City hiring lifeguards to man the water

      The City of Columbia is looking to fill 30 lifeguard positions.

      Working as a lifeguard is a good job for students looking to earn some cash during the summer -- just ask Jessica Fields. Fields has worked at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center pool for four years.

      In this economy, I am just glad to have a part-time job, said Fields.

      She is one of the few lifeguards that have stuck around, according to Aquatics Director Nathaniel Stevenson of the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center.

      We have always had a turnover, TM said Stevenson.

      A total of 30 seasonal positions are open in Columbia TMs two outdoor pools. There are also a handful of permanent, part-time jobs for lifeguards at the wellness center.

      Even if you think your days of working at the pool are behind you, Stevenson says it TMs never too late to come back to the stand.

      I started out on a swimming team and became a lifeguard, and then during my adult life I worked in the private sector for 35 years but never quit working at the swimming pool, said Stevenson.

      As for Fields, she TMs happy that she has a job this summer that will keep her afloat, especially when nearly 12% of the state TMs population is sinking in a rough economy.