ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Shortages and supply chain issues are not only impacting southwest Virginia businesses, but also your neighborhood pools’ ability to open this summer.

According to Roanoke Parks and Recreation, several positions at the city’s public pools need to be filled by the summer, including lifeguards, pool clerks, and managerial roles.

Roanoke city officials say the hiring process has been a bit of a struggle because employment opportunities are more competitive now, people are seeking other opportunities, and there seems to be less interest.

Since summer is right around the corner, the Star City has even called in help from local swim teams to find enough lifeguards to meet the pools’ need.

Roanoke Community Recreation Coordinator Lauren Goodman says these positions are important to helping people learn a critical life skill — swimming.

“Especially children and younger adults learn that skill so that as they move on in life that they’re not only able to enjoy swimming as recreation, but are also in a better position to protect themselves or save themselves if they were to get into a bad situation,” said Goodman.

Despite the staffing shortages, Goodman says both Fallon Park and Washington Park pools are scheduled to open on June 3.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in working poolside this summer, you can follow this link to fill out an application. To check out other job opportunities with Roanoke Parks and Recreation, click here.