• Santa Fe Springs, CA
  • Santa Fe Springs, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Education and Training Public Safety
  • Salary: $22.62 - $28.07 Hourly USD Hourly
  • Salary Top: 28 USD Hourly

Job Description

**Incumbent will be placed at Step E of the salary range which is $28.07 per hour**

This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received and may close without notice.

The City of Santa Fe Springs seeks applicants for the position of Instructor Lifeguard III. This is a seasonal, hourly/non-benefited position. Incumbents are expected to be available to work approximately 20-30 hours per week beginning April 2024 through September 2024 on a flexible schedule including early evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Please note the following important dates/timeframe in order to prepare your schedule in advance if you are interested in applying for this position and employment with the City of Santa Fe Springs:

  • 03/23/24: In-Water Assessment (Greater Whittier Regional Aquatic Center, 9am-1pm)
  • Week of 03/25/24: Interviews (Date/Location TBD)
  • Week of 04/08/24: Background/Pre-Placement Process (Medical Exam, Fingerprints, etc)
  • 04/27/24 - 04/28/24: *Lifeguard Training Certification/Course
  • 05/18/24 - 05/19/24: *Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certification/Course
  • 05/28/24: Anticipated Start Date
*PLEASE NOTE: The City of Santa Fe Springs will be offering training + certification to applicants who successfully complete in-water assessment and oral panel interview. As such, interested applicants MUST be available throughout aforementioned timeline AND successfully complete all phases of recruitment process; in-water assessment, oral panel interview, lifeguard/WSI certification, and background/pre-placement process.

Supervises daily aquatics operations; provides and monitors the safety of patrons and staff at the City Aquatic Center.

Receives general supervision from the Community Services Supervisor.

Provides functional supervision to lower level lifeguard personnel.


Supports the Mission of the City and its Elected and Appointed Officials. Provides courteous and timely service to the public as the ultimate employer. Works cooperatively with other City employees. Exhibits integrity and displays ethical behavior. Monitors and ensures the safety of patrons and staff at the City Aquatic Center. Supervises daily operation of the aquatics program. Acts as in-service instructor for various safety and aquatic practices. Enforces pool safety rules and regulations. Teaches swimming lessons to all age groups and ability levels. Performs safety checks of all facility and pool areas and light maintenance. Administers customer service evaluations of aquatic program. Performs routine maintenance to pool, aquatic equipment, and other assigned areas. Test and monitor water chemistry and clarity; and inspect facilities. Take charge of emergency situations and provide emergency care as needed. Administers first aid and CPR as needed. Maintains effective interpersonal relations with the public and the staff. Maintains accurate records; prepares written reports; inputs data into computer. Performs related duties as required.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required to satisfactorily perform the jobs essential duties and responsibilities.

Knowledge of: Operation and maintenance of a pool and aquatics program. Techniques of supervision. Swimming and lifeguarding techniques, principles, and practices. First aid principles and practices. Teaching techniques, principles, and practices. Materials and equipment involved in the maintenance and operation of swimming pool. Departmental policies and procedures. Modern office procedures and equipment including computers. Word processing and other related software applications.

Ability to: Monitor safety of patrons and staff. Teach swimming lessons for various age groups and skill groups. Enforce safety rules and regulations. Administer First Aid and CPR. Supervise and train assigned staff. Follow written and oral instructions. Work independently in the absence of supervision. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Work with accuracy and attention to detail. Operate and use modern office equipment. Effectively organize and prioritize assigned work. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other people.


The following requirements generally demonstrate possession of the minimum requisite knowledge and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position. A typical way to obtain these would be:
  • High School Diploma or an equivalent certificate or diploma recognized by the State of California.
  • Two (2) years experience as a lifeguard, swim instructor, pool technician, supervising lifeguard and or pool manager or related position is required. Supervisory experience is required.
  • A valid State of California driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
  • *American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certificate.
  • *American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certificate.
  • *American Red Cross CPR, First Aid and AED Certification.
  • A Certified Pool Manager (CPO) Certification is highly desirable.
*City will provide training/certification to successful candidates.

Following a review of all applications, qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process. The examination components listed below will be used to evaluate the qualifications of those invited. Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% on each phase of the examination process in order proceed to the next phase. The examination components will be conducted as follows:

Candidates will be tested on the following in-water skills & abilities test:

  • Tread water for two (2) minutes using legs only.
  • Circuit Test (Deep Pool). Complete the timed swim within one (1) minute, 40 seconds.
  • Stroke Evaluation - Swim each of the following strokes for Twenty-Five (25) yards.
Freestyle/Crawl StrokeButterflyElementary BackstrokeSidestrokeBreaststrokeBack-Crawl Stroke II. ORAL PANEL INTERVIEW Candidates who successfully pass the In-Water Assessment will be invited to participate in the Oral Panel Interview. Candidates who successfully pass the Oral Panel Interview will be placed on the Eligibility.

Relatives may be appointed regardless of the designation of full or part-time classification. Candidates with relatives employed by the City will be excluded from applying for a vacancy if one or more of the following criteria exist: 1) The appointment of a relative would place one in a supervisory capacity directly over the other 2) The appointment would create a situation in which it is conceivable personal gain for one could be obtained by the actions of the other 3) The appointment would create a situation where performance or non-performance of either would have a direct effect upon the performance of the other 4) The appointment would create a situation where the confidentiality of either could be compromised. Candidates with relatives employed by the City will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. "Relative" shall be defined as: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, spouse, domestic partner, step mother, step-father, step-sister, step-brother, stepchild and step grandchild.


The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters in performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Work is primarily performed in a swimming pool environment.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.
  • Hazards are minimal.
  • Exposure to chemicals, fumes, and odors.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
  • Stand, sit, walk, and bend.
  • Push, pull, and reach overhead and above shoulders.
  • Hear and speak both in person and on the telephone.
  • Use hands and fingers to operate equipment.
  • See well enough to read documents and operate equipment.
  • Lift and move up to 50 pounds.
  • Vision correctable to 20/40; and hearing thresholds in both ears of 30 or less at decibels of 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000 (voice range).
Applicants are required to complete and submit a City Application online. Resumes or faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of the City online application. To apply, click on the "Apply" link located at the top of this page. New users must first create an account first.

Selection may be based upon an application review, a performance examination and evaluation, and a structured interview. Appointment will be contingent upon a criminal record check and physical examination, including a drug screen.

If you require special testing and/or interview accommodation due to a physical, mental, or learning disability, please call the Human Resources Office at (562) 409-7530 at least 5 days prior to the scheduled date.


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