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Lifeguard / Head Lifeguard

Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District is currently accepting applications for Lifeguard and Head Lifeguard.

  • Salary Range Minimum Wage - $17.00/hour DOE
  • Position: Lifeguard / Head Lifeguard
  • Category: Seasonal
  • Reports To: Recreation Manager and/or Aquatics Manager
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Supervises: N/A

Position Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Recreation Manager and/or Aquatics Manager, the Lifeguard ensures the safety and satisfaction of patrons and/or participants by enforcing the policies and procedures of the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District; prevents and responds to emergencies. Performs other duties as assigned. The Lifeguard series provides two levels ranging from Lifeguard to Head Lifeguard.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Lifeguard – This is the entry-level class in the Lifeguard series. Positions in this class perform most of the duties required of the Head Lifeguard but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent direction and judgment on matters related to work procedures and methods.

Head Lifeguard – This is an advanced employment class in the Lifeguard series. Positions within this class are normally filled by advancement from the Lifeguard, or filled from the outside. Head Lifeguard requires prior experience in the safeguarding of public pools or comparable facilities, knowledge of aquatic operations principles and practices, and proven leadership qualities.

All positions assigned to the class require the ability to work within a team environment exercising judgment and initiative.

Essential Job Functions

  • Direct and safeguard guests using the swimming pool and District facilities
  • Enforce TVRPD rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Provide positive public relations, customer information and assistance
  • Conduct opening and closing duties; including, but not limited to, facility and equipment sanitation,
    equipment safety inspections, pool vacuuming, and point of sale procedures
  • Maintain, analyze and submit pertinent records in respect to daily user counts, sanitary water conditions (chlorine and pH readings) and pool decks, incidents; rescues and assists, emergency equipment and first aid supplies
  • Resolve and report difficult situations that arise and take appropriate action to resolve the complaints and maintain good public relations
  • Assist with the maintenance and operation of pool equipment.
  • Report the following to the Aquatic Manager, or designated staff person:
    • Insufficient pool chemistry
    • Presence of animals, vermin or insects
    • Need for cleaning supplies or equipment repair in advance
    • Water leaks, and other maintenance needs
    • All other health and safety hazards noticed
  • Promote a cohesive aquatic team and positive work environment
  • Participate in scheduled in-services, emergency drills and environmental safety activities
  • Performs other duties assigned

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and application of lifesaving and first aid techniques
  • Essential functions of a lifeguard/head lifeguard
  • Swimming pool operations, including sanitation, maintenance, safety, and public relations
  • General rules and regulations pertaining to pool use

Ability to:

  • Pass the TVRPD Lifeguard Employment Test
  • Adhere to TVRPD core values and principles
  • Perform a broad range of public pool responsibilities
  • Work independently within the established policies and procedures of the department
  • Enforce pool rules and regulations
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment at all times
  • Recognize and mitigate potential hazards and risks
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergencies
  • Maintain accurate records and spreadsheets
  • Work cooperatively with diverse populations
  • Provide outstanding customer service
  • Present a positive image of the organization to members of the community

Lifeguard Qualifications

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard and Professional Rescuer or equivalent
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Friendly, customer service orientated, flexible, good sense of humor
  • Team player

Head Lifeguard Qualifications

  • Two (2) years lifeguarding experience
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Evidence of superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity

Physical Demands & Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift 55 pounds
  • Perform work activities that include lifting, carrying, and moving objects; walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, and climbing; reading and communicating with others in writing and orally
  • Work environments include:
    • Indoor pool environment; and
    • Outdoor environmental conditions
  • Required to work nights, weekends, holidays, and multiple shifts when needed
  • Possess personal qualifications including emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with various organizations, respect for children and adults from various cultures and backgrounds, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities
  • Use of protective equipment per OSHA/CalOSHA regulations is required
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases.


Minimum Wage - $17.00/hour DOE.

Employment offer contingent on satisfactory SSCI Background check and DMV check.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a docTVRPD employment application(160 KB) and resume to Brenda Gonzalez, Recreation Manager.

Candidates may submit required materials in person at:
TVRPD District Office (view map/directions)
490 West D Street
Tehachapi, CA 93561


By email: b.gonzalez@tvrpd.org

Organizational Relationship

Lifeguard / Head Lifeguard organizational chart
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