San Jose

Lifeguard PT/Instructor Lifeguard PT - Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Department

South Bay
2/27/2020 at 11:59pm
$11.92-$16.61 Hourly


200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113-1905


The Department is recruiting for part-time, unbenefited Lifeguard and Instructor Lifeguard positions in the Recreation and Neighborhood Services Division (RNS) for the summer seasonal Citywide Aquatics programming.


These positions may be required to work variable shifts between the hours of 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Monday – Saturday during the dates of June 15, 2020 – August 22, 2020. Additionally, a MANDATORY training for both Lifeguard and Instructor Lifeguard positions will take place starting the week of June 8, 2020 – June 12, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. These positions are part-time, unbenefited with a limit of less than 20 hours per week or less than 1,040 hours per year. There is no guarantee of hours or longevity.


Note: Candidates are not required to possess the Lifeguard Training certificate at the time of completing the application or to interview for the position. If selected for the position of Lifeguard, the Citywide Aquatics program will be offering Lifeguard Training certification classes, if needed. If selected for the position of Instructor Lifeguard, the Citywide Aquatics program will be offering Lifeguard Training and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor's (WSI) certification classes, if needed.


Lifeguards supervise the conduct of swimmers to maintain safety in the swimming pool. Lifeguards also enforce swimming pool rules and may participate in swim instruction programs; observe swimmers in swimming pools; provide warnings to those who violate the safety rules of the pool and expelling them, if necessary, because of willful disobedience of the rules; rescues swimmers who are in distress; and administers artificial respiration when necessary according to the prescribed method. Lifeguards may also train and direct the work of lower level workers as assigned and participate in pool maintenance. Possession of a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training’s Authorization Certificate is REQUIRED for the position of Lifeguard.

Instructor Lifeguard:

In addition to the duties identified for Lifeguards, Instructor Lifeguards also organize and conduct swimming instruction classes for beginners, intermediate, or advanced swimmers at a swimming pool. Duties will include teaching swimming to children, adult individuals, and groups. Instructor Lifeguards may officiate at competitive swim meets. Instructor Lifeguards must also be able to instruct in the techniques of swimming and lifesaving. Possession of a current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor’s Authorization Certificate (WSI) is REQUIRED for the position of Instructor Lifeguard. 


Lifeguard and Instructor Lifeguards may be placed at any of the City pools. Currently, the City of San José owns six pools at the following locations:

Alviso Pool
Wilson Way, San José, CA 95134
Biebrach Pool

West Virginia St. & Delmas Ave., San José, CA 95125


Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave., San José, CA 95124

Fair Swim Center

1350 Bacchus Dr., San José, CA 95124

Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave., San José, CA 95116

Rotary Ryland Pool

421 North First St., San José, CA 95112

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment. 

Ideal Candidate

The following minimum qualifications, including required certificates must be obtained by the new-hire effective starting date.

Education: No minimum requirement.

Experience: No minimum requirement.


  • Possession of current certificate indicating successful completion of an approved course in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer (CPR/FPR) as prescribed by the American Red Cross or as prescribed by the American Heart Association; B.C.L.S. – C, with a completion date less than one year old at the time of appointment. 
  • Possession of current Lifeguard Training Certificate. 
  • Possession of current certificate in First Aid, as prescribed by the State Department of Health, at the time of appointment.
  • Possession of current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor's Authorization Certificate (WSI) required for the position of Instructor Lifeguard ONLY.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application. State law requires all employees working with youth to provide medical verification of negative tuberculosis test results within the last year.


Background Check: Candidates will be required to undergo a background check, including a criminal history records check if offered the position.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:


Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

  • Knowledge of approved lifesaving methods for water safety and rescue of swimmers.
  • Ability to swim skillfully.
  • Ability to immediately evaluate an emergency situation and to act decisively and      effectively. 
  • Experience in lifeguarding, swimming instruction, and/ or related activity.
  • Ability to administer artificial respiration according to the prescribed method.
  • Ability to handle crowds and direct individuals and groups. 
  • Knowledge of swimming and the techniques of teaching swimming to children and adult individuals and groups (Instructor Lifeguard ONLY).
  • Ability to instruct in the techniques of swimming and lifesaving (Instructor Lifeguard ONLY). 

Reliability: Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.


Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.


Customer Service: Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.


Problem Solving: Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problems; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.


Communication Skills: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally, and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. 


Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.


You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.  


1. Please describe your experience in swimming pool management, lifeguarding, swimming instruction, or related activity. Include job title, name of employer(s), dates of employment (start/end dates), approximate number of total hours you have completed with each employer where you obtained your experience, and the duties you performed. Your response should be consistent with your work history. 


You must answer all job-specific questions to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.