Lifeguard - Tomales Bay Waterdogs

West Marin Community Services
1100 Pierce Point Rd, Inverness, CA 94937
From $20 an hour - Contract
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  • From $20 an hour

Job type

  • Contract

Shift and schedule

  • 4 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


1100 Pierce Point Rd, Inverness, CA 94937

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About WMCS

West Marin Community Services (WMCS) is a central hub for a diverse range of services that support our neighbors in West Marin. We act as a safety-net to address needs unfulfilled by other organizations or government programs. For more than 40 years, we have provided critical support in many forms: supplying food to the hungry, clothing and household items to families, providing referrals to county, state, and federal programs, offering sponsorship to local non-profits, and much more to community members in need.

About the WMCS Youth Program

The WMCS-Youth Services Program was adopted in 2021 by taking on the Youth Center on the West Marin Elementary School campus. We are excited about our plans to continue to offer expanded, meaningful, hands-on programming for youth and families in West Marin. Our Youth Center is open 5 days a week afterschool offering a different activity every day such as art, cooking classes, tutoring, mountain biking, music, field trips, and much more. Camps during school breaks offer students engaging and enriching activities to stay safe and healthy when school is out of session.

About Tomales Bay Waterdogs

Established in the early 1940s, these Red Cross-certified classes are held every summer to ensure kids are safe to recreate in Tomales Bay. This is a two-week program for youth aged 6 - 17 years. Participants that successfully complete the classes will a Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Certificate.

Job Overview:

We are seeking a dedicated and responsible individual to join our much anticipated Tomales Bay Waterdogs as a Red Cross certified Lifeguard. Pay starts at $20/h depending on experience. We require the Lifeguard to be onsite at Hearts Desire Beach at Tomales Bay State Park in Inverness California from July 22 to August 2, Monday through Friday 12noon - 5pm. Two days will be at a local pool for the final certification. Preference will be given to those who have experience in outdoor aquatics.

You will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of youth ages 6 - 17. This is a paid position that requires strong swimming skills, first aid knowledge, knowledge of outdoor environments, and excellent customer service abilities.


- Monitor the swimming area from the beach to prevent accidents and ensure a safe environment for all youth participating in Waterdogs.

- Enforce beach rules and regulations to maintain order and prevent hazardous situations.

- Respond quickly and effectively to any emergencies or incidents that may arise.

- Give brief, age appropriate water safety talks to kids before they start their lesson each day. Lesson plans will be provided.

- Provide exceptional guest service by assisting with inquiries, addressing concerns, and maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere

- Conduct routine inspections of the beach and swim area to identify potential hazards such as boaters and kayakers.

- Collaborate with staff members to coordinate activities and ensure smooth operations.


- Strong swimming skills and ability to perform rescues when necessary.

- Proficient in first aid techniques, including CPR certification.

- Knowledge of open water hazards, such as tide, wind, and other weather conditions.

- Ability to handle heavy lifting, as required for moving equipment or assisting guests in need.

- Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with guests of all ages.

- Strong observation skills to quickly identify potential risks or hazards.

- Ability to remain calm under pressure and make quick decisions in emergency situations.

- Bilingual verbal skills in English and Spanish.

Join our team of dedicated community builders and help create a safe and enjoyable experience for our Waterdogs. Apply now to become part of our team!

To learn more about the Waterdogs program and our community services nonprofit, please visit

Job Type: Contract

Pay: From $20.00 per hour

Expected hours: 20 per week


  • 4 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Are you available in-person July 22 through August 2, Monday through Friday 12noon? to 5pm?


  • Spanish (Preferred)


  • Red Cross Lifeguard certification? (Required)

Ability to Commute:

  • Inverness, CA 94937 (Required)

Work Location: In person

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