Summer arrived with more than 17,000 county residents seeking work. Still, a unique employment opportunity has remained available for weeks. The Capital ran unanswered classified ads and the hiring manager is nearing desperation. Pay exceeds minimum wage. Hours are flexible. Work outdoors and deepen your tan. Oh, one more thing ...
Help wanted: Lifeguards.
Location: Welcome to Pine Tree Associates, a resort nestled on 96 acres of forested hills north of Annapolis. Pine Tree is one of the country's oldest naturist clubs. This former farmland, still with its bucolic charm, was converted in the 1930s by families with a shared hobby. Today, there are shady campsites and grassy lawns, a sauna and an outdoor pool. Naturist means nudist.
Qualifications: Certified in CPR and attentive. Some 250 members stroll the grounds in the buff. The pool is popular. Apply and lose your tan lines. Bathing suits are prohibited. Sunscreen is recommended. First-timers are encouraged. "There's the freedom of being able to get full air exposure," said Mike Porcelli, the club manager.
Applicants must be 21 or older. All shapes and sizes may apply. Pine Tree is an equal-opportunity employer. College students welcome (Embrace your studies: "Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature!" wrote Walt Whitman).
Compensation: $12.25 an hour. Pool is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. Health insurance is not offered, but nudity refreshes the soul. Feel sunshine kiss the body.
Duties: Enforce pool rules. No glass, no clothes, no running, no jumping. The diving board was removed years ago for insurance reasons, not for the visible bruises from belly flops. Monitor weekend matches of pool volleyball. Play begins at 3 p.m. Monitor cardboard-boat races for adults and alligator-raft races for children. This is a family resort, after all. Many couples are in their 50s, some are as old as 90. Successful applicants must not judge.
Extended employment available: After summer, lifeguards needed to staff the club's heated indoor pool.
"We need help," Porcelli said. "Why we're desperate is because when September hits, we're not going to have many lifeguards left because they're all going back to school."
Two applications have arrived, one from Ukraine, one from Nigeria. Both wanted paid airfare. Both were rejected. Locals are preferred.
"Come try it," Porcelli said. "It's really freeing."