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Location: City of Manhattan, Manhattan, KS 66502
Division: Pools
Job Status: Not Specified
Status: Accepting Applications
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Job Description

LIFEGUARD               $9.50 per hour                  CLOSING DATE: 08/31/19

$150 Sign-on Bonus available with first paycheck
Uniforms provided
Must be 15 years or older (Seasonal Part-Time)


You can become certified through classes offered at UFM. Check out availability on the UFM website.

Lifeguard staff will serve to facilitate an excellent aquatic experience for customers at one of the three Manhattan waterparks by enforcing rules, enacting Emergency Action Plans (EAP), and taking care of injured, ill, or distressed customers by using trained skills. Staff will be paid competitively and may be eligible for promotion/transfer depending on performance.

Job Duties

  • Provide excellent customer service and possess a service philosophy which reflects the mission for the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Patrol or monitor swimming areas from designated positions on foot or while sitting on approved lifeguard stands to detect hazards, disturbances, or safety infractions.
  • Rescue distressed swimmers, using rescue techniques and equipment.
  • Identify, examine, and care for injured or ill persons by administering first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation when necessary by using training, medical supplies, and other equipment.
  • Notify, instruct, and correct customer behavior that is inconsistent with safety procedures in a fair, timely, and polite manner.
  • Carry out all procedures exactly as described by the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in times of emergency or crisis. EAP training will be provided by Manhattan Parks and Recreation.
  • Complete forms and reports accurately and in detail in order to document various aquatic facility activities and incidents.
  • Complete all assigned facility maintenance and cleaning duties as directed by supervisors.
  • Able to establish and maintain cooperative professional working relationships with others; individually and in a team environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work performed at one of three outdoor aquatic facilities: City Park Waterpark, Northview Waterpark, or CiCo Waterpark; work performed outside in extreme heat which could expose the staff to various outside atmospheric conditions; noise level and activity level will be varied. Essential Functions: Stand, walk, sit, use hands, handle, feel, speak, hear, climb stairs, push, pull, or lift up to 50 pounds.

Required Knowledge & Skills

First aid, water rescue, and CPR methods as taught in the American Red Cross Lifeguard certification class; communicate orally and in writing with customers, other lifeguards, and supervisors; work in a team composed of other Lifeguards, Head Lifeguards, Assistant Managers, and Managers; learn, carry out, and enforce Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Emergency Action Plans (EAP); make decisions quickly in order to respond to potential hazards or emergency situations; Currently Certified Lifeguard; Currently Certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED.

Preferred:  Lifeguard applicants will have background as a swim lessons instructor or swim team coach; teach swim lessons.

Other Information 

  • Applicants must pass a background check.
  • Staff may be asked to work weekends and holidays.
  • Waterparks are open on Memorial Day and close on Labor Day. 
  • Staff will be required to attend in-service training. 

The City of Manhattan, KS Department of Parks and Recreation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The statements included in this job description are not implied to be an employment contract and the employer reserves all appropriate employment-at-will privileges.