• Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Safety

Job Description

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Individuals working as Lifeguards in the Merit System are responsible for enforcing water safety rules and regulations in accordance with standard practices in an effort to provide a safe and enjoyable swimming program for the community. They monitor swimmers, teach swim classes and prepare the pool and facility for events. Employees in this job class also monitor and assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the pool and facility. Employees in this job class receive directives from supervisors.

  • Monitors proper maintenance and upkeep of the pool by regularly performing visual and chemical inspections, updating records and reports, and performing other routine maintenance activities.
  • Ensures the pool is ready for swim meets, practices, and other events by reviewing event set up plans with staff and setting up the pool and equipment accordingly.
  • Monitors the pool and swimmers and performs lifeguarding techniques as outlined and maintained by the American Red Cross.
  • Teaches a variety of classes for community members by developing age and skill level appropriate programs, preparing the facility for the class, and teaching the class.
  • Participates in general facility maintenance activities.
  • Determines what course of lifesaving action to take depending on the incident (e.g., rescue breathing, CPR, using a backboard if there is a possible spinal injury, etc.).
  • Assists with all recreation programs and special events (e.g., Halloween carnival, Easter egg hunts, Meals on Wheels, etc.).


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.
  • American Red Cross Basic Lifeguard Training Certificate, or YMCA Lifeguard Certificate, or National Pool and Water Park Lifeguard Training Certificate.
  • American Red Cross Adult CPR Certificate or American Heart Association CPR Certificate.
  • American Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificate.

  • None.

  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Customer Service.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of organizing and directing swim instruction and recreational swim activities.
  • Knowledge of inspection techniques of swimming pools, hot tubs, spas and recreational facilities.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and Local swimming pool facility safety regulations.
  • Knowledge of American Red Cross first aid techniques including Adult CPR.
  • Knowledge of the maintenance practices and measures for swimming pools, including chemicals and the operation of filters and pumps.

  • Work is performed primarily in employer-owned facilities and pools such as community civic centers, recreation centers, etc.
  • Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc.

  • Job involves significant and concerted physical exertion required for regular prolonged periods of swimming.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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