Lifeguard, Part Time (Continuous)

  • Oakland, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Part Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $20.35 - $24.99 Hourly USD Hourly
  • Salary Top: 24 USD Hourly

Job Description

The Position

The City of Oakland is an equal-opportunity employer that values workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity. Oakland has a long history of activism around issues of justice and equity. Both oppression and this resistance to oppression have shaped the city’s historical roots and the lives of its residents to this day. As public servants in one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we strive to develop employees who understand the harm and impacts of systemic inequity to create lasting, meaningful outcomes for everyone. Oakland strives to establish an environment that embraces the richness of culture, community, and individualism of employees.

Do you want to work at a swimming pool and save a life? Become a Lifeguard and work at any of our six pools throughout Oakland! The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill part-time Lifeguard positions in the Oakland Parks and Recreation Aquatic Centers for both seasonal and year-round employment. Working hours will vary from week to week.

Lifeguards perform a variety of duties at aquatics facilities including swimming instruction, preventative lifeguarding, and other aquatic activities. Responsible for the safety of all swimmers during open swim hours and rentals for the Oakland community. Enforce facility rules and provide customer service. Teach swim lessons for all ages. Current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification is required.

Selective certification may apply for some positions that may require specific bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin. The hiring list established from this recruitment may be used to fill all vacancies (those that require bilingual skills as well as those that do not) in this classification.

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Examples of Duties

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of patrons.
  • Enforce all facility rules.
  • Prevent accidents and render first aid as necessary.
  • Give swim lessons for all ages and ability levels.
  • Complete all records and reports including accidents, control and discipline, time slips, and leaves of absence.
  • Assume custodial duties as assigned by the Pool Manager.
  • Assist in the registration of patrons for instructional classes.
  • Maintain good public relations with the community.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements for Application

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.

Equivalence to the completion of the eighth grade.


None required.


Current Red Cross certification in CPR for Lifeguards with AED or CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED, Lifeguard Training and First Aid. Please scan and attach this required certification to your application. Failure to submit this required certification will result in disqualification from the selection process.

Other Requirements:
Candidates must be at least sixteen (16) years or older to apply.

Candidates who receive offers of employment will be required to submit fingerprints, undergo a criminal record clearance and have a physical examination including a TB screening.

Additional Qualifications: Bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin are highly desirable for certain positions.

Work Permits:
Minors will be subject to state guidelines and restrictions governing their employment while employed with the City of Oakland. This shall include applicable work permits, records, hours worked, and time reporting guidelines. Minor seeking information regarding work permits should contact their local school district. When applicable, work permits must be obtained prior to beginning employment.

Knowledge of:
  • Lifeguarding skills.
  • Rules and regulations of aquatics facilities.
  • Stroke and swimming techniques.
  • First aid and CPR techniques.

Ability to:
  • Maintain safety of patrons.
  • Perform first aid and CPR procedures as necessary.
  • Learn and enforce rules and regulations.
  • Work effectively with other aquatics staff.
  • Conduct group and individual swimming lessons.
  • Write reports.
  • Maintain harmonious relations with the public.
  • Follow oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Supplemental Information

The Recruitment Process:

Stage I: The first stage in the selection process will consist of a review of each applicant's employment application, current Red Cross certifications in CPR for Lifeguards with AED or CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED, Lifeguard Training & First Aid, and signed supplemental questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail). Applications submitted without all required materials will not be given further consideration.

Stage II: The second stage will consist of an oral interview and an on-the-spot water test that will test the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the qualifications section. The list of candidates to be further considered will be developed directly from the results of Stage II.

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.

Next tentative Oral Interview and Water Test Date: Friday, June 16, 2023

Candidates will be required to provide their original current Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED at the time of the scheduled oral interview/water test.

*Note: Subsequent Oral Interviews and Water Tests will be scheduled periodically.

This is a continuous recruitment. This recruitment may close without notice once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

NOTICE: The City of Oakland has adopted a COVID-19 Employee Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Under the policy, all employees must, as a condition of employment: (1) report their vaccination status to the City no later than November 15, 2021; and (2) be fully vaccinated and verify that vaccination status to the City no later than November 29, 2021, unless the employee has applied for an exemption and is awaiting the City’s response or has been granted an exemption, or unless stricter State or Federal legal requirements apply. If offered employment, you will receive instructions regarding how to provide verification of vaccination or how to apply for an exemption which will be required prior to your start date. You may read the entire policy here (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) .

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process and date of examination as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

How to Apply

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least two to three hours to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at: .

If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also workstations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Workstations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Due to current events and pandemic-related safety concerns, City facilities may be closed to the public.

Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov's Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday - Friday. You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.

The City of Oakland is committed to the wellbeing of its employees and offers comprehensive health and wellness services along with an array of other benefits for most positions. Benefits may include*:

• CalPERS Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Medical Waiver Plan - Cash-In-Lieu
• Flexible Spending Accounts
• Commuter Benefits
• Group & Supplemental Life Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH)
• Pension Benefits
• Deferred Compensation

* Specific benefits may vary depending on the assignedspecific bargaining unit. Information regarding most benefits can be reviewed here: Employee Benefits Information Current MOUs may be reviewed here: City of Oakland Labor Agreements

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