Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
City of Fountain Valley, CA - Fountain Valley, CA

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This is a continuous recruitment and may be closed at any time. Prompt application is encouraged.


- This seasonal position is required to work 15-20 hours per week for eight weeks starting on June 23, 2014.
- Hours may be schedule between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- The candidate must be able to attend mandatory training on June 20 and 21 and must be able to work the entire season.

Please see the Special Certifications section for the Aquatics certifications that are required for this position.

Perform swim instruction and lifeguard responsibilities while supervising aquatic programs and activities.

The Swim Instructor/Lifeguard works under the direct supervision of the Recreation Specialist.

Essential Duties:
  • Conduct all levels of swim instruction.
  • Perform lifeguard responsibilities during swim sessions.
  • Promote the safety of all program participants by enforcing swimming pool rules and regulations.
  • Monitor facility use; open, close, and secure building for events; and assist in the supervision and preparation of the facility and amenities for patrons' use.
  • Perform general administrative duties including assist customers, collect fees, and maintain attendance records.
  • Administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Guidelines:

  • Previous swim Instructor/lifeguard experience is highly desirable.
  • Must be at least 17 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Principles and techniques of swim instruction, lifeguarding, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) methods and first aid.
  • Methods for keeping water and surrounding areas safe for public use.
  • Applicable safety precautions and procedures.
  • Customer service techniques.
  • Lead and work effectively with program participants.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City officials, and the public.
  • Handle medical emergencies in a calm and effective manner; provide first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as needed.
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in a clean, safe, and secure manner.
  • Communicate effectively; follow oral and written instructions.
  • Deal effectively and courteously with the public.
  • Learn, understand, and apply relevant policies and procedures.
  • Lift and move tables and chairs and arrange facilities for special events and/or meetings.
  • Valid American Red Cross Advanced Life Saving certification.
  • Valid American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor's card.
  • Valid American Red Cross CPR certification.
  • Valid American Red Cross First Aid certification.
Work is primarily performed outside requiring prolonged standing, walking, kneeling, crouching, squatting, stooping, and bending; prolonged periods in the water; work on slippery and uneven surfaces; ability to lift, carry, and move objects totaling up to 100 pounds in weight; may be exposed to chlorine, acids and other chemicals, as well as, blood and body fluids; including prolonged and extreme exposure to the sun; and have mobility, vision, hearing, and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.


Selection Process:

The selection process may include but is not limited to: application review and evaluation, written examination, physical ability test, practical skills test and oral interview. All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully completing all components of the pre-employment process which may include but is not limited to: reference check, background investigation, credit check, California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) criminal history check (Live Scan fingerprinting), polygraph, post-offer psychological, post-offer drug test and post-offer medical examination. The specific selection process will vary based upon the position. Candidates must fill out the application and supplemental questions completely. Incomplete applications including references to see the resume for qualifications are incomplete and will be disqualified. Candidates are encouraged to provide accurate answers as the City will verify the qualifications for each candidate.

The City of Fountain Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. Candidates with a disability who may need accommodation during the selection process must notify the Personnel Department at least 72 hours in advance of the test date.

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.