Location:         Campus Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC) and Field House (FH)

Supervisor:      Assistant Director for Aquatics

Rate of Pay:     $10.60/hour (starting wage)


Responsible for supervising the lifeguard staff and daily operations of Recreational Services pools.


  • Open and close Aquatic Center in the morning, evening, and on weekends.
  • Assist in the hiring, training, and supervising of the lifeguard staff.
  • Create and monitor lifeguard staff schedules to ensure all shifts are covered.
  • Lifeguard as necessary to fill shifts.
  • Assist in the planning and teaching of skills during in-service training sessions.
  • Independently lead monthly training sessions.
  • Consistently enforce all aquatic center policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Perform safety drills/testing of lifeguard staff.
  • Hold lifeguards to the required standards and responsibilities.
  • Track lifeguard staff certifications to ensure current certifications are maintained.
  • Record and tabulate hourly pool attendance.
  • Inspect the facility and delegate maintenance or cleaning duties as necessary.
  • Perform pool chemical checks and maintain records.
  • Complete daily records, reports, and assist with payroll.
  • Coordinate with Assistant Director on special event set-up, tear-down, and staffing.
  • Act as manager on duty during special events (e.g. birthday parties, inflatables, etc.).
  • Maintain fitness level (swimming skills, strength and endurance).
  • Maintain current certifications including any additional safety training.
  • Complete additional duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Minimum one semester working at the CRWC as a lifeguard
  • Outstanding customer service skills; competent computer and audio-visual skills.
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups through a variety of situations.
  • High level of emotional maturity
  • Positive attitude
  • Strong communication skills
  • Punctuality
  • Attend weekly meetings with Aquatic program staff.
  • Ability to use independent judgment when needed.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to accommodate a variable work schedule that will include early mornings, late evening, weekends and University breaks (e.g. Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer).
  • Open to college students and non-students.

Training/Certification Requirements

  • Current Certifications in the following:
  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding and First Aid
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for Lifeguards (or Professional Rescuer)
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor within 3 months of hire
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification (preferred)
  • Completion of University of Iowa Bloodborne Pathogens training