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City of Ames Lifeguard in 50010, Iowa


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$10.61 - $11.26 Hourly


50010, IA

Job Type



Parks and Recreation

Job Number



8/16/2021 5:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Lifeguard. Candidates interested in this opportunity can expect to work a varying schedule July 2021 through September 2021 and may be extended up on mutual agreement.

Lifeguards are directly accountable to both Shift Leaders and the Aquatics and Activities Manager and adjunctly accountable to the Recreation Superintendent and the Director of Parks & Recreation.

Open until filled.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Prevents injuries by minimizing or eliminating hazardous situations and behaviors; consistently enforce all aquatic facility policies, rules, and regulations and educate patrons about them; recognize and respond quickly and effectively to all emergencies; administer first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or use an AED in an emergency; inform other lifeguards, facility staff and management when more help or equipment is needed; inspect the facility on a daily schedule and report any unsafe conditions or equipment to the shift leader; complete and submit required records and reports; perform routine cleaning and maintenance as prescribed; participate in regular in-service training sessions; exercise regularly to maintain fitness level (swimming skills, strength and endurance); and complete additional duties as assigned by Shift Leaders or the Aquatics Manager.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement; inspiring creativity and innovation; being customer driven; making data-driven decisions; committing to diversity, equity and inclusion; championing employee involvement; striving for excellence; having fiscal stewardship; acting with honesty and integrity; exhibiting leadership; choosing a positive attitude; respecting one another; promoting safety and wellness; and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: Must be at least 15 years of age. Lifeguarding experience is recommended.

Licenses and Certifications: Current American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid and AED training is required.

Candidates not possessing these certifications may still apply; the City will provide a Lifeguard certification course at the reduced rate of $45. This fee will directly cover the employee’s certificate fee due to the Red Cross plus course materials

If you possess one, please attach American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Necessary to Perform Essential Functions: Thorough knowledge and application of lifeguarding surveillance and rescue techniques.

Skill in leadership, public relations, and decision-making.

Ability to understand facility characteristics, rules, policies, and procedures; ability to understand, appreciate and embody the City of Ames Core Values; ability to assist in maintaining an exceptional level of safety and sanitation of the pool facility; ability to complete all modules of Lifeguard Orientation; ability to maintain a professional appearance (see Lifeguard Dress Code) and demeanor at all times.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions:

• Works long hours in the sun with extreme temperatures

• Working hours are generally between 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, an interview, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at: