Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
ESF Camps - Lawrenceville, NJ

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The Swim Instructor/Lifeguard is responsible for teaching swimming lessons, guarding the pool during open swimming, ensuring the safety of all people in the pool area and learning the procedures to maintain the cleanliness and upkeep of the pool facility.

Position Objective/Purpose:

We are seeking motivated team members who believe deeply in the organization’s mission and who display a record of achievement in effective supervision & management of youth as it pertains to this position. Candidates must be capable of teaching swimming, building positive relationships and ensuring the safety and well-being of people of all ages.

Position Scope Factors:

ESF Swim Instructors are not required to have a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification to teach swim lessons. If hired, Aquatic Team members are trained on ESF’s swimming levels prior to the start of camp. If you have your WSI certification additional compensation is offered.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for lifeguarding and ensuring safety of all people in and out of pool
  • Enforce all pool rules and regulations
  • Responsible for supervision of the pool facility
  • Know and understand each swimming skill level and the skills that are taught
  • Teach daily swim instruction to campers between the ages of 4 and 16 with different ability levels
  • Teach group swim instruction to Sports & Senior campers
  • Work effectively with other lifeguards/swim instructors and take turns with various responsibilities
  • Complete weekly progress reports for all campers
  • Serve as a positive role model to campers
  • Follow the ESF Code and maintain the ESF Look at all times
  • Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
  • Have fun
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Non-essential Job Responsibilities:

    1. Teach private/semi-private swim lessons after regular camp hours
    2. Learn & implement the proper procedures for maintaining proper pool water quality (testing, chlorine, etc.)
    3. Learn & implement the proper procedures for opening and closing the pool

    Position Competencies for Success:

  • Understand and support the mission of the organization
  • Excellent judgment, ability to identify problems and work quickly to find solutions
  • The ability to work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
  • Positive attitude
  • Commitment to the growth and development of youth
  • Commitment to producing consistent, high-quality work
  • Patient, caring and creative
  • Flexible, adaptive and a Team player
  • Desire to make a difference in the life of a child


  • Experience Requirements:

  • Previous experience working with children, examples include but are not limited to; babysitting, academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant, religious education teacher
  • Previous lifeguarding experience (preferred)
  • Previous experience teaching swim lessons (preferred)
  • Previous camp counselor/lifeguard experience (preferred)


  • Certification Requirements:

  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard and First Aid Certification
  • Current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification


  • Education Requirements:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High School Graduate pursuing college degree


  • Other Skill Requirements:

  • Outstanding communication skills which include the ability to use clear, concise and grammatically correct written and oral language in all aspects of professional interaction with campers, their families, peers, leadership team and the larger community


  • Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to and takes direction from Aquatic Director. May also take direction from and is overall accountable to the Site Director.


  • Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of 35lbs
  • Endurance to work outside and on your feet for 6-8 hours per day
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running (up to 1 mile in some cases) and climbing stairs.
  • Good physical condition which enables candidate to execute all responsibilities associated with this position
  • ESF, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All candidates who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply!

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