Head Lifeguard/Lifeguard II/Instructor (19964646)

South Bay
Until filled
$16.76-$0.00 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


7351 Rosanna Street Gilroy, 95020





$16.76 hourly

(Effective July 1, 2020: $17.23 hourly)


Summer Aquatics Season

Preferred availability to work from

May 1 to  August 14, 2020



Open Until Filled – Priority Screening in February



City of Gilroy is recruiting for seasonal Head Lifeguards for the 2020 Summer Season.  The main goal of the Recreation Department is to offer excellent recreation programs that provide community members with a wide-range of opportunities to celebrate life and community through people, parks, programs, and special events which are delivered by a team of employees dedicated to offering quality recreational, social, and cultural services to all Gilroy residents.



Under direct supervision of the Recreation (Aquatics) Coordinator, Pool Manager, and/or the Assistant Pool Manager, is responsible for instructing youth and adults with basic to advanced swimming skills, supervising the safety of participants during recreational swimming, and enforce pool safety and sanitation rules whenever the pool facility is in use.  Employees in this classification instruct and supervise the participants in the summer aquatics program. This is a seasonal position.  Employees selected as a Head Lifeguard are classified as a Lifeguard II and assigned additional Head Lifeguard duties.  Head Lifeguard is a special assignment position and employees in this special assignment may shift to Lifeguard II at the discretion of the Recreation (Aquatics) Coordinator at any time.



  1. Be a leader among the Aquatic Team
  2. Assist with staff in-service trainings
  3. Under the supervision of the MODs, assist with office duties – collecting daily fees, entering money in Active, managing snack shack
  4. Support the MOD during operation as needed
  5. Cover a lunch break for a MOD
  6. Assist with the management and operation of private swim lessons
  7. Assist with managing group lessons
  8. Lead opening and closing duties and delegate job assignments to other staff and volunteers
  9. Assign the opening lifeguard rotation
  10. Mentor and assist with the supervision of Jr. Guard Volunteers
  11. Attend weekly MOD meetings
  12. Assist the MODs in conducting red-cap drills (unannounced test of lifeguard’s skills – could be a rescue or first aid situation
  13. Perform the duties of a Lifeguard II

*MODs = Assistant Pool Managers and Pool Manager *APM = Assistant Pool Manager



  1. Observe pool areas to insure cleanliness and safe, proper use of facilities and equipment.
  2. Maintain constant surveillance over pool users to ensure that they conduct themselves in a manner so as not to endanger themselves or others.
  3. Enforce pool rules and regulations as they pertain to pool users.
  4. Perform rescues, administer first aid, perform CPR with AED and summon supervisors and emergency personnel as required for injuries or other medical emergencies.
  5. Administers practical swim tests to determine participants’ skill level.
  6. Complete report cards and certificates at the completion of each swim class.
  7. Work at multiple, outdoor locations and in the water in variable temperatures and weather conditions.
  8. Compile written report to document rescues, injuries, and other incidents as required.
  9. Keep daily activity logs of rescues and other incidents involving the administration of first aid and enforcement of pool rules.
  10. When not on lifeguard duty performing safety supervision functions, will provide swim lessons, water safety instructions or similar duties in accordance with Red Cross guidelines.
  11. Plan and implement lesson plans.
  12. Communicates to Manager and/or Assistant Manager any problems that take attention away from guarding pool.
  13. Directs use of equipment, including diving board, games, special event equipment.
  14. Set-up pool area and cleanup after instruction.
  15. Develop positive relationships with pool users to ensure cooperation with pool rules and positive public relations.
  16. Assist in the closure of swimming pool areas as warranted.
  17. Participate in related training programs and staff meetings.
  18. Perform related work as required.

Ideal Candidate



  1. Completion of Grade 10 or Sophomore year in High School.
  2. The following valid certifications are required:  American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certification and Water Safety Instructor certificate.
  3. Any related experience helpful.  Prior experience as a Lifeguard/Water Safety Instructor preferred.  A typical way to acquire experience is to have actively participated in water polo teams, swim teams, sports programs, or similar activities outside a school setting and have some experience in supervising children, communicating with parents and the general public or demonstrate a good knowledge of competitive and lifesaving strokes.
  4. May be required to possess and maintain a valid California Driver License along with a safe driving record necessary to operate assigned vehicle(s).
  5. Valid tuberculosis (TB) Certificate.
  6. Pass a pre-employment drug test.
  7. Pass a Department of Justice criminal record check for employment.
  8. Prefer non-tobacco user.
  9. Prefer bilingual (English/Spanish).


The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Respond calmly and efficiently in emergency situations.
  • Have the ability to make proper decisions according to policies and approved lifeguard training standards.
  • Perform lifeguard and rescue functions proficiently and with endurance under stress.
  • Effectively performing first aid and CPR techniques.
  • Swim the elementary backstroke, freestyle, sidestroke, and breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke.
  • Conduct a program of swimming instruction, water safety instruction, and/or recreational activities in a swimming pool.
  • Remain vigilant, alert and act quickly in making rescues, rendering aid, summoning EMS and assisting lifeguards with these tasks.
  • Enforce pool safety rules effectively and with a positive demeanor.
  • Work various hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Display customer service techniques to deal tactfully and courteously with program participants and the general public.
  • Possess excellent attendance and punctuality.




Other Information

Temporary/seasonal employees are non-benefited, at-will positions.  Temporary/seasonal employees are enrolled in the PARS retirement system with the City making an employer contribution and the employee contribution (6.2%) being deducted from your payroll check. The PARS retirement system is in lieu of participating in social security. You will, however, participate in the Medicare portion of social security as that is a required program. 



Temporary/seasonal employees are paid from 21st of the month to the 20th of the next month on the first working day of the following month. 


Work Hours

Temporary/seasonal employees work hours will vary as needed to staff the program.  In addition, temporary/seasonal employees are limited to working no more than 5 consecutive months (May-September).  

Special Instructions


  • March – April: Interviews & Swim Skills testing as needed (dates to be determined)
  • April 1 to April 27: Pre-employment fingerprinting & drug screen appointments*
  • April 27, 28 or 29 (3:45 p.m.): Mandatory HR Orientation (candidates must attend one date)*
  • May 1 to August 14: Regular Season
  • May 15 to May 17: Mandatory Training
  • June 8 to June 12 (all day): Mandatory In-Service training for all summer staff


*Subject to change as needed by the City.

All applicants must be able to attend all mandatory training.


Vacations: Due to the nature and short duration of the summer programs, vacation schedules may not be accommodated. A maximum of 7 days of time-off during the entire Summer Swim Program will be considered according to the feasibility of the schedule and at the discretion of the supervisor.  If you request more than 7 days, we will choose 7 days from your request to allocate as time off. All applicants must list planned vacations in the supplemental questionnaire that is part of the on-line employment application. All requests must be submitted on this form to be considered. You may have additional time off during the summer, but you are responsible for getting those shifts covered by other staff (getting a shift covered by another staff member does NOT count toward your 7 days off). Hiring preference will be given to those applicants that have more availability during the summer programs.  


Employees will be required to purchase shorts and swim suit in accordance with the Aquatics Dress Code requirements.





If you are interested in pursuing this exciting career opportunity, there are three (3) required items that must be submitted in order for you to be considered:


  1. City of Gilroy employment application which includes specific supplemental questions.
  2. A current American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certification
  3. A current Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification


City Application Form – Candidates must complete the NEOGOV City of Gilroy application form for this position and submit on line.  Please prepare attachments prior to completion of the NEOGOV application as incomplete applications will not be accepted.


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This position is open until filled.   To be considered please submit all application materials.  Only the most qualified applicants with the most relevant experience and education will be invited to continue in the selection process.


NOTE: If you are also interested in the Pool Manager, Assistant Pool Manager, Lifeguard II, Lifeguard I, or Pool Cashier positions you will need to apply for each position separately.

Attention: Communication regarding your status in this recruitment process will be conducted via e-mail. Be sure to include your e-mail address on the employment application. Applicants are responsible for notifying Human Resources of any changes to an e-mail address and/or other contact information.



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