Lifeguard

  • City of Auburn, AL
  • Auburn, Alabama
  • Jan 03, 2019
Temporary Parks and Recreation Public Safety
  • Salary: $9.27 Hourly

Job Description

Job

General Statement of Duties

Performs safety monitoring of swimming pool facilities; conducts swimming classes; performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

The principal function of an employee in this class is to monitor activities at the City's swimming pool and related facilities, enforce all safety rules, perform lifesaving and first aid procedures as necessary, and provide instruction in swimming lessons. The aquatic programing work is performed under the supervision of the Fitness & Aquatics Coordinator, while the pool management activities are performed under the supervision of the Pool Manager, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. An employee in this class performs the duties of other employees in the Parks and Recreation Department as required or as assigned by supervisory personnel. The principal duties of this class are performed in the environment of a community pool requiring attention to several persons at any given time. Outdoor environments may occasionally be in hot, cold or inclement weather. The work environment may be very noisy and expose the worker to machinery with moving parts, and contagious or infectious diseases or irritating chemicals. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)
  • Monitors swimming pool and all related facilities during assigned shifts to ensure and enforce safety codes and standards and prevent injuries and fatalities;
  • Cautions swimmers regarding unsafe practices and maintains the authority to discipline and/or remove violators from City pool property;
  • Assists with organizing and providing swimming lessons;
  • Rescues swimmers in distress or danger of drowning;
  • Administers first aid and contacts emergency personnel immediately when necessary;
  • Inspects and maintains swimming facility, including general cleaning duties and pool maintenance;
  • Collects money from pool patrons for admittance;
  • Monitors patrons signing in to use the pool and ensures an accurate maintenance of such lists;
  • Maintains all necessary records and writes and files reports on pool activities and specific incidents and accidents as required;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department and City employees, emergency personnel, pool patrons and the public;
  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of standard aquatics life saving procedures, including rescuing swimmers from drowning, instructing and disciplining unsafe pool practices and administering first aid;
  • Thorough knowledge of First Aid instruction procedures and practices;
  • Thorough knowledge of CPR and other related life saving techniques;
  • Thorough knowledge of general swimming skills for the purpose of instruction;
  • Skill in teaching others safe aquatic practices;
  • Skill in teaching others swimming techniques, styles and safe aquatics practices;
  • Ability to swim at a highly competent level for the purposes of instruction and rescuing others in danger of drowning;
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations;
  • Ability to work entire length of season including holidays as needed.
  • Ability to observe multiple patrons at a time, consistently scanning the environment;
  • Ability to identify and react quickly to emergencies or threats to patron safety and health;
  • Ability to communicate well with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.


Acceptable Experience and Training
  • Graduation from high school or possession of a GED; and
  • Some experience in aquatics instruction or lifesaving; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications
  • Possession of a current Red Cross Basic Life Guarding, Life Guard Training or equivalent certification;
  • Possession of a CPR for the Professional Rescuer/First Aid certification.
  • Must be at least 15 years of age or older.

Essential Physical Abilities
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;
  • Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to distinguish between shades of color and to monitor the City pool and all related facilities and stay abreast of all potentially dangerous situations and violations of pool rules;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to maintain all related clerical records and perform basic janitorial and pool maintenance activities;
  • Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to perform lifesaving activities, including rescuing swimmers from drowning administering first aid, and to climb ladders;
  • Ability to stand, walk, bend, crouch or stoop intermittently;
  • Ability to occasionally lift heavy objects weighing more than 25 pounds.