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2021 Lifeguard Series

Department: Parks & Recreation Recreation
Job Status: Not Specified
Rate of Pay: $10.67/hr - $11.42/hr
Status: SkillSurvey Report
Details: Screening of applications will begin immediately. Applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
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Job Details

Parks & Recreation Lifeguard Series

Department:  Parks and Recreation - Recreation

Status: Summer Associate

Hourly Rate:  

Lifeguard I: $10.67/hour during training

             $11.42/hour after completion of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard II:$11.42/hour

Dependent on the availability of Parks and Recreation program needs, the Aquatics Supervisor will determine staff hiring based on minimum qualification requirements. This position will provide you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while working in a fun, fast-paced environment!

Screening of applications will begin immediately. However, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.    

General Statement

The Lifeguard monitors activities to protect the health and safety of swimming pool patrons. A lifeguard's defining duty is the rescuing of swimmers in danger of drowning, often by entering the water and physically bringing the swimmer to safety.

PrimaryDuties and Responsibilities

  • Be alert at all times to possible and actual emergency and may be called upon to performfirst aid and lifesaving actions, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Foster positive relationships among patrons while maintaining a safe environment for all, caution swimmers and patrons to unsafe practices and safety hazards
  • Inspect and maintain lifesaving equipment
  • Clean and maintain restrooms, locker rooms, pool decks, lobby areas, as well as vacuum pool, scrubbing pool tile, and removing debris from the pool
  • Perform other related duties to ensuring effective and efficient functioning of City of Missoula—Parks and Recreation

Preferred knowledge, skill, and abilities

  • Knowledge of lifesaving techniques, including methods of approaching and carrying people and the skills to perform resuscitation and other first-aid measures
  • General knowledge of relevant Federal, State, local codes, laws, and regulation
  • Knowledge of water safety and the ability to interpret and explain City policies and procedures
  • General knowledge required for performing cleaning and maintenance
  • Basic understanding of swimming methods and the ability to swim skillfully
  • Ability to ensure the safe and secure operations of City of Missoula resources
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Ability to respond to emergency and hazardous situations
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to respond to requests and inquiries from the general public

Required Certifications

Certified by the American Red Cross (ARC), or similar certifying organization:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification & Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Professional Rescuer
  • First Aid Certification
  • Aquatics and Water Safety Certification 

Lifeguard I Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 15 years of age
  • Ability to complete ARC certification training

Lifeguard II Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 15 years of age
  • Current ARC certifications
  • One season of experience in a lifeguard position for an established company, business, or public entity

Special Condition

  • Must be available to work weekdays, evenings, and weekends
  • Specific duties vary between Splash Montana and Currents Water Park

Physical Demands

  • Ability to swim, rescue patrons who may weigh 50-300 pounds from water near 9 feet deep
  • Duties are performed in undesirable physical conditions where noise, heat, dampness, or cold are encountered
  • Lifting and moving equipment and material weighing up to 50 pounds

Diversity Statement

The City of Missoula is committed to cultivating, fostering, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage our employees' differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political ideas, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Required Application Documents

City of Missoula Application

Supplemental Question

  1. How many seasons of experience do you have working in a lifeguard position?
  2. Please list your current ARC certifications.