Arts, Parks, and Recreation · Athens, Ohio
Department Arts, Parks, and Recreation
Employment Type Seasonal
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $11-$12.50/hr. DOE


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 $11.00/hr. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

General inquires may be sent to Human Resources via email: or by calling: 740-592-3367.

Job Summary:

To ensure and maintain swimmer safety by monitoring guest behavior, pool conditions, and enforcing safety rules. This is a temporary, seasonal position in the Arts, Parks, and Recreation Department.

Job Duties:

  • Maintain current certification of American Red Cross Lifeguard*, CPR/First-Aid/ AED.
  • Maintains constant surveillance of patrons in the facility; acts immediately and appropriately to secure safety of patrons in the event of an emergency.
  • Presents professional appearance and a good attitude.
  • Responsible for teaching swim lessons.
  • Be available to work nightly pool parties during the season.
  • Preforms various cleaning duties during opening and closing of each day.
  • Assists in getting the pool up and ready for the season.
  • Attends all Lifeguard Inservice Trainings, Swim Lesson Training, and Staff Meetings.
  • Provide assistance to patrons when appropriate or necessary.
  • Work cooperatively with other coworkers and supervisory staff.
  • Exceeds Visual Awareness Trainings conducted by supervisory staff.
  • Perform any other related duties enacted by supervisory staff.

Job Specifications and Qualifications:

  • Lifeguards must be strong swimmers, possess excellent observation skills, and exhibit strong emergency response skills.
  • Candidates must have reasonable weekend availability. 

*If you work 450 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
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $11-$12.50/hr. DOE