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Job Title: Lifeguard

Classification: Non-exempt

Reports to: Camp Director

Compensation: $15 per/hr.

Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise swimming activities and other camp functions.

Essential Job Functions (Pool):

Supervise and guard all aquatic activities.

  • Conduct surveillance of aquatic activities to help prevent and manage injuries.
  • Provide rescues as needed.
  • Utilize first aid, CPR, and other emergency management services as needed.
  • Understand and implement appropriate response to changes in water conditions or weather conditions affecting the pool.
  • Evaluate aquatics abilities of campers and staff.
  • Perform daily activities, test pool chemicals and vacuum, to ensure pool remains clear, clean, and usable.
  • Assist in planning of any special events/activities at pool.

Essential Job Functions (Pond/Creek):

  • Ensure all campers are always secured in life vests at pond and enforce no swimming policy.
  • Ensure campers and volunteers follow safety procedures.
  • Act as reference in waterfront activities.
  • Assist in the delivery and supervision of all water activities and special events at the waterfront.
  • Conduct daily check of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.
  • Examine waterfront area upon start of each activity and remove any hazards and debris.

Emergency Action Plan:

The emergency plan outlines the relationship between the camper organization’s staff and the camp staff for emergency management and care.

Equipment Used:

Identify the specific equipment, facilities, and watercraft utilized at the camp, which may be the responsibility of this position.  Note the size of the craft, type of waterfront and related hazards.


  • Current certification in lifeguard training or equivalent.
  • Current certification in First Aid, CPR, and AED.
  • Training and experience in waterfront activities that are offered at the camp.
  • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in and on the water.
  • Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  • Physical and emotional ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  • Preferred: Prior experience with multiple waterfront activities (i.e. pool and pond).
  • Preferred: Knowledge and prior use of watercrafts as used for water rescues. 

Physical requirements include: Prolonged sitting, standing, bending, stooping, and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate waterfront equipment and activities. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.  Willingness to work irregular hours that align with camper visits. Operate under daily exposure to the sun, heat, and varying water conditions.