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Head Lifeguard

Full Time
Posted 2 years ago
Updated: March 24th, 2022
Salary : $17.17 - $26.21 / hourly
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(907) 826-3275
Contact Name: City of Craig HR

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Under the general direction and supervision of the Aquatic Center Manager, the Head Lifeguard is expected to serve in a leadership role providing guidance, direction, and training to pool staff and volunteers. The Head Lifeguard will teach swimming lessons and skills according to the American Red Cross requirements. In addition, the Head Lifeguard is expected to monitor various swim sessions providing safety services and direction to pool staff.


  • Provides lifeguarding services as directed.
  • Moves into/out of lifeguarding chair for lifeguarding services.
  • Instructs swimming lessons in accordance with the American Red Cross or other City of Craig standards.
  • Ability to work with the public to provide helpful and courteous customer service through all forms of communication.
  • Is knowledgeable about the facilities programs, classes, and rates.
  • Oversees safe operation of the pool facility including, but not limited to, ensuring all Lifeguards are competent and familiar with all safety and emergency action plans.
  • Monitors and regulates pool and spa conditions for safe swimming and pool use in order to prevent accidents and minimize/eliminate hazardous conditions and situations in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Acts as a leader by providing guidance and direction to pool staff and volunteers.
  • Assists the Aquatic Center Manager in training pool staff as well as organization of staff meetings.
  • Assists the Aquatic Center Manager in scheduling, pool operations, and program development.
  • Responds quickly and effectively to all emergency situations in the water and other areas of the pool facility.
  • Completes all required records and reports for submittal to the Aquatic Center Manager.
  • Conducts walk-throughs of the facility to ensure cleanliness and safety.
  • Performs general maintenance and cleaning of pool facility and equipment.
  • Head Lifeguard may be required to add chemicals or adjust devices to ensure the pool, kiddy pool and spa stay within the accepted disinfection levels adopted by local and federal agencies.
  • Perform duties as assigned in the absence of the Aquatic Center Manager.
  • Shall be available to answer questions, fill in as needed, and respond to emergencies.
  • Performs related work as directed or required.


  • Ability to swim 300 yards without stopping; ability to swim 50 yards and retrieve a ten (10 pound) brick from the deep end of the pool in less than 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Experience as a lead worker or supervisor is preferred.
  • The Head Lifeguard must be a self-motivated employee and able to work without close supervision.
  • Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet applications, and Microsoft Publisher are preferred.

Education and/or Experience

  • High school diploma or the equivalent preferred.
  • One (1) year progressively responsible experience in an aquatic setting.



  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Pay
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Public Employee Retirement Plan
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Savings)
  • Educational/Training Assistance