Lifeguard/Senior Lifeguard

City Of Mission Viejo Mission Viejo , CA 92691

Posted 7 days ago



$12.00 - $14.37 per hour


$13.24 - $15.72 per hour


The City of Mission Viejo is accepting applications for the position of Lifeguard and Senior Lifeguard from qualified applicants and requires the ability to work between 12 and 19 hours per week at Montanoso or Sierra Recreation and Fitness Centers. Selection of an applicant to fill vacant positions may be made from either classification and will be based on the applicant that most closely meets the requirements of the position and best suits the particular needs of the City of Mission Viejo.

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Applicants are encouraged to promptly return their application materials, as the first review of applications will begin at the end of each month. Be advised that various work shifts may be available: Monday through Friday, 5:15 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. The schedule will vary depending on the needs of the City. These positions may be rotated through the Recreation and Fitness Centers. The eligibility list established for this recruitment may be used by the City to fill future Lifeguard and Senior Lifeguard vacancies.

Lifeguards and Senior Lifeguards are considered at-will Hourly, Seasonal, and/or Temporary variable hour employees, and are not a part of the competitive service. Incumbents will work a flexible schedule, with an average of 12 to 19 hours per week, with increased scheduling during peak workload periods, but less than 1,000 hours during the assignment through the fiscal year starting July 1st and ending June 30th.

Class Characteristics

Lifeguard is the entry-level in the Lifeguard class series. Incumbents perform varied, routine program implementation duties involving face-to-face leadership of participants in varied structured recreation and community services activities. A typical assignment at this level is conducting pre-planned aquatic activities exercising some discretion and initiative in carrying out appropriate policies and procedures based upon variables such as numbers and age groups of participants, weather and facilities. Work is generally reviewed in progress and upon completion. Incumbents are expected to refer matters that do not fit a clear pattern to the supervisor for instructions.

Senior Lifeguard is journey-level in the Lifeguard class series. Incumbents have responsible charge of the implementation of pre-planned recreation and community services programs and facility policies and procedures. Incumbents at this level are expected to use considerable initiative in implementing recreation and community services activities, and may assist higher-level personnel in planning and implementing major recreation and community services programs and special events. Work is generally reviewed upon completion for final results. Incumbents are expected to solve most problems through the application of departmental policies and procedures, referring those matters that involve a deviation to the supervisor for instructions.Examples of Important and Essential Duties


  • Act as a lifeguard during pool hours and at all events held at the pool and administer first aid;

  • Implement and enforce City policies, rules, and procedures;

  • Listen and respond to patrons' needs for assistance or information and provide the public with general information, in person or over the phone;

  • Remove and replace pool covers, test the temperature, chlorine and PH values of the pool water, and perform routine pool maintenance as required;

  • Attend training sessions for and perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and minor first aid on infants, children and adults in cases of emergency;

  • Monitor facility use; open, close, and secure building for events and assist in the supervision and preparation of the facility and amenities for patron use; issues and collect recreation equipment and supplies;

  • Assist in the encouragement of participation and good sportsmanship; and

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Senior Lifeguard in addition to the above:

  • Provide on-site supervision of lifeguards and supervision of daily aquatic operations; and

  • Assist with staff training and lifeguard classes.

Other Job Related Duties:

  • Perform a variety of clerical or technical tasks in support of City programs and maintains a variety of accurate logs, records, and files;

  • May instruct swimming classes for beginners through advanced levels;

  • Perform basic custodial duties and minor facility maintenance as assigned; and

  • Conduct and participate in group recreational activities.

Applicants are encouraged to review the entire Lifeguard and Senior Lifeguard job descriptions

by visiting the City's website at


  • Able to work a minimum of 12 to 19 hours per week which may include early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays at various City facilities;

  • Possess excellent communication and customer services skills in person and over the telephone;

  • Possess a general understanding of aquatics facility health and safety programs;

  • Learn, understand and apply facility use policies and procedures;

  • Work independently while supervising facilities and user groups;

  • Handle medical emergencies and injuries in a calm and effective manner, including providing basic first aid and/or adult and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and

  • Use AED machine to support lifesaving measures throughout the facility as required.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and techniques of lifeguarding, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) methods and first aid, including rescuer methods as defined by the American Red Cross, National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program (NPWLTP) or YMCA.

  • Methods for keeping water and surrounding areas safer for public use; safe handling and use of chemicals.

  • Basic arithmetic.

  • Applicable safety precautions and procedures related to the program area(s) and facilities to which assigned.

  • Basic principles and techniques involved in teaching swimming at all levels.

  • General principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.

  • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.

  • Techniques of dealing with individuals of various ages and from various socio-economic groups and for effectively representing the City in contacts with users and the community.

  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

  • Safe work practices.

Skill in:

  • Learning and understanding the organization and operation of the assigned department and of the outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.

  • Working independently while supervising facilities and user groups.

  • Performing work in an efficient, effective, safe, and timely manner.

  • Providing courteous assistance to facility patrons.

  • Performing water chemistry tests.

  • Using appropriate safety equipment when handling pool chemicals and equipment.

  • Handling medical emergencies and injuries in a calm and effective manner, including providing basic first aid and/or adult and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • Maintaining facilities and equipment in a clean, safe and secure manner.

  • Preparing clear and concise reports.

  • Accessing, retrieving, entering, and updating information using a computer terminal.

  • Using English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing.

  • Using tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines.

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

  • Operating modern office equipment including computer equipment, software programs, and audio-visual equipment.

Experience and Training and License/Certificate

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Lifeguard: Equivalent to the completion of ninth (9th) grade and experience as a lifeguard and/or prior aquatics experience is highly desirable for Lifeguard.

Senior Lifeguard: Equivalent to two (2) years or 1,500 hours of lifeguard experience in a swimming pool or aquatics facility, and the equivalent to the completion of twelfth (12th) grade.



  • Possession of the following valid certifications at the time of appointment: Lifeguard Training or Basic Lifeguarding Certificate; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR) for Infant, Child, and Adult; and Standard First Aid Certificate;

  • Successful candidate will be required to complete Title 22 requirements within six (6) months of appointment;

  • Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the time of appointment for Lifeguard; and

  • Applicants under the age of 18, that are required to attend school, must provide a California Workers Permit.

Senior Lifeguard:

  • Possession of the following valid certifications at the time of appointment: Lifeguard Training or Basic Lifeguarding Certificate; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR) for Infant, Child, and Adult; and Standard First Aid Certificate;

  • Successful candidate will be required to complete Title 22 requirements within six (6) months of appointment;

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of appointment for Senior Lifeguard; and

  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a valid California Driver's License may be required.


Pursuant to California Public Resources Code 5164, all applicants for position involving supervisory or disciplinary authority over any minor must complete and submit a CPR Code 5164 Questionnaire.

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Lifeguard/Senior Lifeguard

City Of Mission Viejo