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Job Standard for Lifeguard

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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Lifeguard Overview

  • Work Type: Classified
  • Job Code: 95090
  • Pay Grade: D
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 1
  • Family: Athletics
  • Function: Athletic Services


To ensure the safety of individuals using the pool

Level Scope

Applies basic skills while developing some specialized skills in procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment appropriate to area of specialization; performs routine and/or repetitive tasks; limited decision making required; generally works under close supervision; has no or limited experience; work is performed from within specific limits of established procedures and/or defined instructions.

Minimum Qualifications

CPR certified

Current certification as Lifeguard by a recognized source of training

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  • Ability to see details at a distance
  • General knowledge of public safety role of a Lifeguard and tools used for emergencies
  • Ability to speak to others to convey information effectively

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Lifeguard must:

  • Maintains constant surveillance of patrons in the facility
  • Acts immediately and appropriately to secure safety of patrons
  • Provides emergency care and treatment until the arrival of medical services
  • Reports incidents to appropriate department

35% of Time the Lifeguard

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Lifeguard

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

No travel required for Lifeguard

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.