Job Details
Hayward Area Recreation District (HARD) - Hayward, CA
$16.40 - $22.13 Hourly

Lifeguards Wanted!

We are currently hiring for the position of Lifeguard.

We have openings for seasonal positions and year round positions. 



Under direct or general supervision from the Recreation Supervisor, provides aquatic safety supervision, and instruction for the patrons including swim lessons and recreational/lap swim; teaches learn-to-swim and water safety courses; performs various pool maintenance and operations duties; and performs related work as required.



This is the entry-level classification in the Lifeguard series. Incumbents in this class are primarily responsible for performing lifeguard duties and teaching learn to swim courses but may also perform general duties to assist with pool maintenance and operations. This class can be distinguished from the class of Water Safety Instructor because incumbents in this class are not required to possess a nationally recognized Water Safety Certification.



Incumbents may not perform all duties. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Promotes public safety at an aquatic facility by acting as a lifeguard

  • Monitors swimmer and other patron activities in aquatic areas to avoid and prevent accidents

  • Implements and monitors District policies and procedures; enforces aquatics regulations; cautions swimmers regarding unsafe swimming

  • Performs rescue of swimmers in distress; administers artificial respiration, CPR and first aid as needed

  • Provides instruction in the Learn to Swim program

  • Calls 9-1-1 and summons police, fire or ambulance services if necessary

  • Inspects and maintains swimming and pool equipment in proper working order; ensures proper placement and availability in the pool area; inspects pool areas and equipment and recommends maintenance and repair as needed

  • Maintains pool and bathroom areas in a safe and clean condition

  • May open, secure and clean pool areas before and after program use; prepares facilities and sets up equipment for scheduled aquatics activities/events; may assist in the implementation of aquatics programs and special events

  • Maintains good public relations

  • Maintains records of participation and completes required reports

  • Participates in training sessions

  • May provide input regarding program planning

  • Demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors and the public at all times.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. The functions of this position are primarily performed in outdoor locations as part of a team. The setting includes various weather conditions, including heat and sunshine. Incumbents must wear an appropriate uniform with identification and protective equipment. The environment requires working in and around water as well as slippery and/or wet surfaces. Specialized aspects of the work environment may also include high noise levels, working with participants who are using potentially dangerous sports equipment, and risk of exposure to pool water treatment chemicals and cleaning agents. Incumbents may be assigned an irregular working schedule including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays and may have to travel between various locations.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have: hearing and speech adequate to communicate in person, by telephone, by PA system and by radio, and to speak loudly in a noisy setting; vision adequate to clearly distinguish objects and persons at a distance and to identify signs of swimmer distress; bodily movement adequate to frequently sit, stand, walk, run, jump, climb, swim, dive, reach, turn, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crawl, and push/pull; ability to raise arms above shoulder height; manual dexterity adequate to grasp objects, use fine manipulation, write and operate office machines and equipment; strength and endurance to safely swim 300 yards, perform lifting and carrying of items/persons up to 50 pounds, and work outdoors in the sun for prolonged periods of time.




Ability and Skill to:

  • Work with adults, children and families participating in a variety of aquatic recreational activities

  • Monitor compliance with District regulations and policies, and general safety practices related to pools and aquatic activities; firmly but tactfully enforce rules and regulations

  • React quickly and calmly in emergencies; rescue swimmers in distress

  • Administer first aid, CPR and/or artificial respiration

  • Maintain discipline, order and safety in a crowded and loud environment

  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions

  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of people

  • Respond appropriately to changing situations and stressful conditions

  • Maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the work

Knowledge of:

  • Aquatic lifesaving methods and procedures; first aid and resuscitation measures

  • Standard safety rules and regulations related to public aquatic activities


  • Previous experience with aquatics programs is desirable

  • Must possess current certificates in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, as well as standard First Aid, and must maintain certifications thereafter as a condition of continued employment

  • Any combination of experience, training and/or education that provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the class is acceptable

Special Requirements:

  • Must be at least 15 years of age

  • If 15-18 years of age and still in high school, must possess a valid work permit

  • If 18 years of age or older, must pass a fingerprint and/or background clearance prior to employment.

  • Completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination series is recommended

  • Verification of ID and ability work in the USA

  • Provide proof of negative TB Skin Test

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