AUSTIN -

Applicants for some jobs in Central Texas should think aquatic.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department operates 34 public swimming pools but only about half opened as scheduled Friday, with more set to open Monday.

Park officials say recruiting efforts continue with a lifeguard job fair set for Tuesday. Banners touting the job opportunities were posted over the weekend at some of the closed pools.

The Austin City Council has extended the days and hours for some public swimming pools this summer, overall providing jobs for about 750 lifeguards.

A parks department spokesman did not immediately return messages Monday.