Lifeguard, Senior

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
Seattle Parks and Recreation is hiring multiple Senior Lifeguard part-time (.5 FTE) positions . These are fully benefited, regular positions with the possibility of a 40-hour work week.

Be part of a team where " teaching children how to swim " is the primary goal! With a commitment to excellence and water safety, the City of Seattle's eight indoor swimming pools offer a wide selection of swimming lessons, recreational swimming, and fitness opportunities. The Senior Lifeguard position requires knowledge of advanced principles, methods, practices, and procedures of lifesaving, first aid, and water safety instruction. This position works under general supervision and is distinguished from the Aquatic Center Coordinator, Assistant in that the Senior Lifeguard has lead responsibility for Lifeguard instructional program planning, development, and operations and for training Lifeguard staff. (Please note that we are also recruiting for multiple regular part-time (non-Senior) Lifeguard positions. You may consider applying for that position on NeoGov as well.)

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens, and swimming pools. Our mission is to provide welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community and promote responsible stewardship of the land. We promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. We strive to deliver excellent customer service to each visitor and participant. SPR is also deeply committed to advancing the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) by working to end institutional and structural racism.
Job Responsibilities

  • Assist in the operation of a public swimming pool including supervision and training of lifeguards and other staff.
  • Serve as the lead instructor teaching a range of water exercise classes, masters workouts, and overseeing rentals.
  • Teach private and group swimming lessons, water safety classes, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, competitive programs, and water fitness programs to all ages and abilities
  • Educate and reinforce rules and procedures.
  • Facilitate water safety outreach presentations and facility orientation to volunteers.
  • Ensure first aid supplies and other pool equipment are stocked and ordered.
  • Oversee facility and staff supervision when the coordinator or assistant is away from facility.
  • Communicate utilizing city e-mail including responding to public inquiries.
  • Open and/or close the facility as scheduled.
  • Make bank deposits and assist with computerized cash-handling functions.
  • Create marketing materials using computers and actively promote programs and activities throughout the community.
  • Conduct safety drills.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires two years of increasingly responsible lifeguard experience as a qualified lifeguard and swim instructor, including additional experience involving pool maintenance and/or operations.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must pass a background check and physical.

License, Certification, and Other Requirements:

  • American Red Cross (ARC) approved certification for Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Lifeguard.
  • The Northwest Lifeguard Preparation Course and Test Certification (required to pass within three months of hire). 90 DAYS from the hire date
  • ARC Water Safety Instructor Certification may be required. 90 DAYS from the hire date
  • A current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility may be required.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:
This position is required to work nights and weekends and varying hours and is required to follow safety precautions when handling toxic/hazardous substances. This position is expected to stand for extended periods of time and may be exposed to high noise levels and hot/humid weather conditions.

Additional Information
SPR's Core Competencies are:

  • Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making and promoting high-quality standards.
  • Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.
  • Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.
  • Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.
  • Teamwork: Leading as an engaged member of a team to build a cohesive team and facilitate the achievement of workgroup goals.

This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The full salary range for this position is $22.78 - $25.55per hour.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Applications received through this recruitment process will be reviewed every 2-3 weeks and will remain open until all positions are filled.

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The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

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