Lifeguard (Staff)

Lifeguard (Staff)

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Posted Job Title
Lifeguard (Staff)

Job Profile Title
Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary
The part time lifeguard will be responsible for enforcing pool rules, completing daily logs, providing guest service, and providing emergency care when needed. In addition, the part-time Lifeguard will be assigned operational tasks for Sheerr Pool as needed.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities

Rule Enforcement- 35%
  • Knowing and enforcing the pool rules consistently
  • Aggressively scanning the pool using the 10/20 guideline (10 seconds to spot, 20 seconds to respond).

Facility Operations- 35%
  • Completing daily checks and checklists as required
  • Working special events as needed
  • Performing other duties as assigned
  • Pool opening/closing duties

Safety - 20%
  • Performing appropriate rescues and providing care appropriate to the situation
  • Enforcing social distancing/other Covid related guidelines
  • Meeting evaluation expectations and safety audits (including orientation quizzes and other follow-ups)
  • Attending staff meetings and trainings as required

Other- 10%
  • Assisting with Penn OpenPass verification
  • Verifying member reservations
  • Maintaining a courteous and polite demeanor


All Lifeguard candidates must hold a current American Lifeguard Certification and maintain a safe, and welcoming aquatic environment at Sheerr Pool at the University of Pennsylvania. Proof of valid certification will be required prior to hiring.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Pay Range
$7.25 - $155.75

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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