It's not too early to start summer job hunting with your teens and young adults.

The earlier they start, the better their chances.

As a matter of fact, it's already too late at one local government agency. The city of Charleston's application deadline was Friday for summer jobs.

It sought 35 high school and college students.

But don't despair, a check with North Charleston and Charleston County governments showed they also are hiring young workers this summer.

So it's not a bad idea to start with local government websites for job postings.

Camps and aquatics jobs

For example, T.J. Rostin is looking for about 125 summer workers for the North Charleston Recreation Department.

He has about 70 openings in the summer camp program and about 54 in aquatics.

Experience can vary from a little or none to a lot for camp workers. Rostin, the department's deputy director, said some camp experience is a plus.

There are numerous camps such as sports, arts and crafts, field trips, etc.

As for the aquatics program, a lifeguard would require the proper certifications — swimming, CPR and first-aid, etc.

All applicants must be 18 and older.

To apply, (it must be done in person) go to the Recreation Department, 2nd floor, North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane.

Call 740-5813 or email tjrostin@northcharleston.org for more information.

Rostin said he will continue taking applications until all the jobs are filled.

Sounds like a good place to start.

Charleston County jobs

Charleston County hired more than 100 students last year for its summer work program.

Plans are to hire again this year, said Patricia Henley, director for the Summer Youth Employment Program.

However, she said details are still being worked out and the exact number has not been determined.

Applications will be posted online at www.charlestoncounty.org by April 28.

Students must be between ages 16 and 22, attend high school or college and be a county resident.

This year's program will focus more on getting young people ready to step into the job market, Henley said.

The idea is to develop and empower students and provide workplace readiness skills, she said

Instead of simply finding them something to do, emphasis will be placed on punctuality, accountability, responsibility and dressing professionally.

At the end of the seven-week employment program, which starts in early June, students will be required to write an essay about what they have learned.

Charleston County Council approves funding for the program, and students will work in various agencies.

Contact Patricia Henley at 958-4021 for more information.

Other agencies

For Berkeley County, go to www.berkeleycountysc.gov or call 761-6900.

For Dorchester County, go to www.dorchestercounty.net or call Human Resources in Summerville at 832-0141 or St. George at 563-0141.

Happy job hunting!

Reach Assistant Features Editor Shirley A. Greene at 937-5555.