Lifeguard Head - Various Locations (Part-Time)

  • City of Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Aug 16, 2023
Part Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $16.44 - $23.90 Hourly USD

Job Description


The starting rate of pay is $16.44 per hour; additional compensation may be offered dependent upon years of experience.

About The Position:
Head Lifeguards assist Assistant Pool Managers to operate and manage our City swimming pool facilities, and supervise staff to maximize safety, customer service, and community involvement through aquatic programs and activities. Head Lifeguards work various hours, typically ranging from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and must work any day of the week (including certain holidays).

Please note the following:
  • Lifeguard Head - Aquatics must be at least 15 years of age at time of hire.
  • Part-time positions have limited benefits, as required by law.
  • Part-time positions are unclassified, at-will and serve at the discretion of City.
  • Interviews and/or skills testing will be conducted periodically throughout this continuous job posting when a sufficient number of applications have been received.
  • The intent of this recruitment is to establish an eligibility list where your application may be used to fill existing and/or future vacancies at all four of our aquatic centers, as needed.
  • Applicants who do not have a lifeguard certification are required to successfully complete the StarGuard Lifeguard Certification class to be eligible to apply. The City of Scottsdale offers this class and registration is required.
  • This recruitment process will be used to fill temporary, part-time positions at all four aquatic centers as needed.
  • Work schedules vary depending on the needs of the aquatic center, and typically require some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Click here for information on pool locations.
Click here for information on becoming a lifeguard.

The City of Scottsdale is proud to announce that they will reimburse an individual for the full cost of the StarGuard Lifeguard Certification, so long as they meet the following criteria:
  • Valid lifeguarding certification must be issued by StarGuard and class taken with the City of Scottsdale.
  • Must provide Active Net account name/number used to purchase lifeguarding class.
  • An employee must be a quality performer for the first 90 consecutive days from date of hire.
Special Duty Pay:
  • During the peak summer season, the Lifeguard Head - Aquatics base pay will increase to $17.50/hour.
Employee Referral Bonus:
  • City of Scottsdale Aquatics employees can receive a $125 referral bonus for each candidate they recruit.
  • City of Scottsdale Aquatics employees can recruit a maximum of six candidates to become certified lifeguards and apply as a City of Scottsdale Lifeguard/Instructor.
  • Candidates who are referred and hired are required to work an average of 20 hours per week during the peak summer months (June & July) and receive a positive end of summer evaluation.
  • Candidates MUST list the name of the employee who referred them on their application.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
  • No education required for this position.
  • Any combination of training and experience equivalent to one season (3-6 months) aquatic experience as a Lifeguard and Certified Swim Instructor.
  • Must be a minimum of 15 years of age at the time of hire.
Licensing and Other Requirements:
  • Requires current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, which includes First Aid/CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, American Red Cross Water Instructor certifications, OR current StarGuard Lifeguard and Starfish Swim Instructor Certifications at the time of hire.
  • Proof of current certifications or proof of enrollment in StarGuard Lifeguard and Starfish Swim Instructor classes must be shown at time of interview.
  • Every person employed by the City of Scottsdale shall reside in the State of Arizona during his or her active employment by the City, regardless of whether the employee is approved to remote work.
Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment. (See essential functions).

Essential Functions

Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following:
  • Assigns staff to duty areas; observes performance of staff.
  • Checks for proper maintenance and performs a variety of daily maintenance duties which includes, but is not limited to, vacuuming, backwashing, equipment maintenance and repair, and management of hazardous chemicals for water treatment.
  • Performs duties of a Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, and Cashier as needed.
  • Participates with in-service training and in-service meetings with the staff.
  • Enforces pool rules and regulations.
  • Performs rescues and administers artificial respiration, CPR, and First Aid.
  • Serves as team or projects lead on operational projects and/or various safety programs.
  • Provides input into the employee performance evaluation process.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Most work is performed in a swimming pool environment, fitness center, outdoor park, or office environment.
  • Climb up/down ladder to lifeguard chair; sit in stationary lifeguard chair for long periods of time maintaining constant vigilance to the surrounding pool deck area.
  • Concentrate on and complete tasks in the presence of distractions.
  • Lift dead weight usually exceeding 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to the sun, dust, noise, inclement weather, temperature extremes, pool chemicals, chemically treated pool water, and direct exposure to the sun.
  • The Parks and Recreation Department enforces dress and appearance standards related to uniform.
  • Lift equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a daily basis.
  • Coordinate movement of more than one limb simultaneously.
  • Lift arms above shoulder level.
  • Work various hours, typically ranging from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and must work any day of the week (including certain holidays).
  • Work a varied schedule depending on season, location, and position desired, and evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Selection Process:
The application and supplemental questions are an integral part of the selection process and must be completed in full in order for you to be considered as a candidate. Please complete each section and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. DO NOT state "See Resume" in lieu of answering. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process.

Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in a selection process that may include a panel interview. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening that may include:
  • Fingerprinting search of the national FBI Database (if over 18 at time of hire)
  • Criminal Background screening (if over 18 at time of hire)
  • Drug Screen

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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.

PLEASE NOTE: Years of experience are based on a work schedule of 2,080 hours per year for full-time positions and 1,040 hours per year for part-time positions, and while work experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis, depending upon the job classification, education may not be substituted for work experience.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.
This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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