There's a shortage of folks applying to be lifeguards at Maine State Parks this summer.

In hopes to entice more qualified candidates to fill those positions, the state is raising the hourly wage, according to a press release put out earlier this week. The wage will increase by 25 percent to $14.71 an hour for lifeguards and $15.44 for lifeguard supervisors.

Lifeguards also are eligible for certification reimbursement. Other benefits include paid sick time and a state employee pass to visit other state parks.

Currently, there are nine Maine state parks looking for full-time certified life guards, including Popham Beach and Sebago Lake. The positions would from now to mid-August. For a complete list of openings, and to apply, you can visit the website.