Head Lifeguard

Arts, Parks, and Recreation · Athens, Ohio
Department Arts, Parks, and Recreation
Employment Type Seasonal
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $12-$14.50

Head Lifeguard

The City of Athens is seeking  individuals who enjoy working outdoors to join our pool staff. This is a seasonal position expected to last about 120 days and is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The starting pay rate is $12.00/hr. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

General inquires may be sent to Human Resources via email: HumanResources@ci.athens.oh.us or by calling: 740-592-3367.

Job Summary:

Oversee the daily operation of the swimming pool area, including staff, to assume a supervised and safe environment. This is a temporary, seasonal position in the Recreation Department.


Job Duties:

  • Schedule and assign staff for appropriate coverage.
  • Conduct training programs, staff meetings, and evaluations.
  • Make daily decisions such as discipline of patrons as needed.
  • Keep appropriate records concerning maintenance, pool chemistry, daily logs, first-aid/incident reports, etc.
  • Opening and closing facility.
  • Check and deposit daily receipts.
  • Inspect all areas of the pool for sanitation and safe equipment.
  • Handle all inquiries of the public concerning the pool, or refer to appropriate staff.
  • Fill out bi-weekly payroll sheets.
  • Report any problems or incidents to supervisory staff.
  • Backwashing of pool, vacuuming, and handling chemicals is associated with pool chemistry.

Job specifications and qualifications:

  • Must possess or be willing to obtain a current American Red Cross lifeguarding certification*, current Red Cross or American Heart Association First-Aid/CPR certification, and demonstrate satisfactory aquatic safety skills during a water test.
  • Candidates must have reasonable weekend availability. 
  • Desire previous pool management experience; instructors certification in CPR, First-Aid and Lifeguarding.

*If you work 550 hours between opening and closing of pool (end of May to end of August) AND have a valid lifeguard certification through September 2022, you will be eligible for a reimbursement for your lifeguard certification or recertification. 

The City may consider any other equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

This is general description intended to provide general duties and qualifications. Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties that may be performed. It is not intended to cover all situations, or all necessary qualifications. Job descriptions are subject to change.

All new hires are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to employment with the City of Athens, OH. 

The City of Athens, OH is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The City of Athens, OH understands the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and has taken many precautions to slow the spread of the virus. Facemasks and social distancing requirements are enforced. We must all do our part to minimize risk, but even with our best efforts, there is no guarantee that you can avoid exposure to COVID-19.

We prefer applicants apply online; however, paper applications are available upon request. Please call Human Resources at 740-592-3367 if you need to request a paper application. 

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  • Location
    Athens, Ohio
  • Department
    Arts, Parks, and Recreation
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