City of Ames Water Safety Instructor in 50010, Iowa

Water Safety Instructor



Water Safety Instructor


$10.50 - $11.50 Hourly


50010, IA

Job Type



Parks and Recreation

Job Number



10/15/2018 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 Water Safety Instructor. Candidates interested in this opportunity can expect to work 6:45-8:00 PM on Mon & Wed AND/OR 6:45-8:00 PM on Tues & Thurs. Some weekend hours may be available. September through August.

Water Safety Instructors are directly accountable to Lesson Coordinator and 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

Teach skills for level assigned; ensure safety of all participants; enforce all aquatic facility polices, rules and regulations; recognize and respond to any emergency situations; evaluate and record participants skills; inspect equipment before use and report any issues to lesson coordinator; complete and submit required reports of a swim lesson; and participate in scheduled in-service sessions.

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, 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 16 years of age. Prior experience is preferred.

Licenses and Certifications: Current American Red Cross or YMCA water safety instructor certificate. Equivalent certifications issued by other organizations will be considered on a case by case basis. Candidates not possessing these certifications may still apply; the city will provide and pay for certification courses.

Please attach WSI/Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED if certified.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Necessary to Perform Essential Functions: Thorough knowledge of water safety and application of skills; knowledgeable of child development.

Ability to teach and relate positively to participants; ability to understand, appreciate and embody the City of Ames Core Values; ability to maintain an exceptional level of safety and pool facilities; ability to maintain a professional appearance at all times while on site; ability to maintain a professional demeanor (calm and courteous) at all times while on site.

Supplemental Information

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.

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 prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. 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:

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.