Local employers are beginning to accept applications for summer employment opportunities in the area. Most of the jobs are geared toward younger people, but there are still jobs available for older adults.

A majority of the summer jobs available are through the city of Madison Park's Department. Dave Stucker, the director of the department, said the city hires from 60 to 80 summer workers.

Stucker said they typically hire workers to help at Crystal Beach Swimming Pool and at Rucker Sports Complex. The majority of workers at Crystal Beach are lifeguards, but Stucker said they also hire people to work with concessions and at the front desk. Rucker Sports Complex provides opportunities for scorekeepers and concessions workers.

Applications for any open position may be picked up at City Hall or at the Brown Gym from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

"We'll continue to take applications for the next couple of weeks," Stucker said.

The city also hires people to perform general maintenance work at the golf course, but Stucker said those positions are generally not reserved for high school or college students.

Clifty Falls State Park has already filled most of its seasonal jobs, but there still are openings for life guards.

Anyone wishing to be a lifeguard at either Clifty Falls or Crystal Beach must be CPR certified and have first aid training. Anyone wanting to apply at Clifty Falls may submit an application online at www.in.gov/jobs.

Some of the local industries are also providing opportunities for college-aged students. Julie Williams, in the human resources department of Grote Industries, said they are still trying to determine how many jobs they will offer this summer. The positions will be opened to relatives of current employees before being opened to other applicants.