City of Carlsbad, CA - Carlsbad, CA

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The Aquatics - Recreation Supervisor will have the opportunity to participate in the operational planning and opening of Alga Norte Park and Aquatic Center, which includes a 56 meter competition pool, a 12 lane instructional pool, a spray ground and a 250 square foot therapeutic spa, as well as the continued operation of the Monroe Street Pool.

Interviews and Skills Test (see components of skills test listed under qualifications) scheduled tentatively during the week of July 8, 2013, exact dates and times TBD.

Under general supervision, perform professional aquatic recreation work in a variety of recreational programs of the city; conduct, organize, and supervise aquatic recreation program activities and staff; and perform related work as assigned.

This is the senior classification in the Recreation series before management level. Incumbents assigned to this classification are responsible for coordinating assigned program activities as well coordinating responsibilities for city-wide programs and facilities. Positions assigned to this class are distinguished from the Recreation Specialist class by the scope and level of administrative and supervisory responsibility assigned.

Key Responsibilities:

Plan, coordinate, conduct and supervise pre-employment and in-service aquatic staff training to meet legal and department requirements.

Recruit, screen, select, train, motivate and supervise aquatics personnel; work with employees to correct deficiencies.

Plan, organize, and coordinate multiple aquatic recreation programs, make recommendations regarding the organization, scheduling, and staffing of various aquatic recreation facilities and programs.

Develop recreation programs and procedures and oversee implementation within assigned areas.

Prepare periodic reports; maintain activity and progress records.

Attend meetings and assist in providing staff support to the Parks and Recreation Commission, including the preparation and presentation of technical staff reports.

Respond to citizen complaints and requests for information; present information to the public on aquatic recreation activities.

Assist in budget preparation and administration for the department.
Assist in the development of goals, objectives, and policies for the Recreation Department.
Make recommendations and assist in contract administration.
Assist in the coordination of recreation activities with other city departments and divisions, and with outside agencies and organizations.
Direct the work of lifeguards, aquatics instructors and other staff; perform lifeguard duties and instruct swimming programs as needed.

Perform related duties as assigned or requested.


To perform a job in this classification, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties as generally described in the specification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties in a specific job. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:
Philosophy, principles, and practices of public aquatic recreation programs.
Major sports, games, and other aquatic recreational activities suitable for all ages. City of Carlsbad policies and rules related to aquatic recreational programs and facilities as well as general administrative practices and procedures.
Operation and scheduling of aquatic recreation facilities.
Principles of supervision, training, and evaluation.
First aid methods and safety precautions related to aquatics facilities.
Ability to:
Plan, organize and coordinate the activities of aquatic recreation programs.
Ensure that aquatic facilities and programs are provided in a healthy and safe manner meeting all legal requirements.
Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
Supervise a variety of recreational programs and instruct individuals and groups in recreational activities.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Recruit, screen, select, train, and supervise assigned staff.

Skills Test Components:
  • Swim 100 meters in 1:45 or less
  • 50 meter sidestroke with a 10 lb. brick
  • 5 minutes treading water with a 10 lb. brick
  • A submerged victim rescue and removal
  • Perform CPR for 2 minutes
  • Candidates will swim each of the following strokes in good form - breaststroke, front crawl, back crawl, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly (equivalent to Red Cross Learn to Swim Program Level 4)

Experience & Education:

Any combination equivalent to the experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in recreation or a related field. Three years of professional experience involving the development and supervision of a variety of aquatic recreation programs for all age groups.

Required Current Licenses/Certificates
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for Lifeguards
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training/First Aid
  • American Red Cross First Aid for Public Safety Personnel(Title 22)
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certified/authorized
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor
Preferred Current Licenses/Certificates
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer(WSIT)
  • Emergency Response or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Certified Pool/Spa Operator(CPO) or Aquatics Facility Operator (AFO)
  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer
“Equivalent training certificates may be accepted if approved by the County of San Diego EMS authority and/or the City of Carlsbad Recreation department".

"If the required/preferred certificate is not from the American Red Cross and is from another certifying agency, respond with a yes to the supplemental question an attach the certificate for consideration".