• Lifeguard (Part Time)

    YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
    Job Description

    The Lifeguard is responsible for guarding the aquatic facility and/or aquatic activities to secure the safety of pool occupants and program participants.  The Lifeguard will ensure a safe, fun area for children and adults to interact and enjoy. This position may require early morning, evening, and/or weekend responsibilities.

    We are hiring lifeguards at several locations including the Mary Free Bed YMCA, Spartan Stores YMCA, David D. Hunting YMCA, and the Visser YMCA. 


    High school education; up to one month of related experience; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.  Ability to interact with people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles. Employee must be at least sixteen years of age or older.  YMCA experience preferred.



    YMCA Lifeguard certification or equivalent (required; we will certify if you do not have a certification)

    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for rescue (required)

    First Aid certification (required)

    CPR Instructor certification (preferred)

    Lifeguard Instructor certification (preferred)



    • Enforces aquatic rules and procedures
    • Keeps deck free of obstructions
    • Maintains supervision of participants
    • Administers necessary First Aid and CPR
    • Handles parent/member complaints
    • Maintains all areas in clean, presentable fashion
    • Maintains pool count
    • Maintains pool and deck equipment
    • Checks and records pool temperature/air temperature and chemicals
    • Enforces policies on showers and proper attire
    • Enforces safety standards and follows emergency procedures
    • Ensures State of Michigan’s Department of Health requirements are met


    Performs any other functions necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or scheduled form.



    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    $11/hr; Part Time (up to 25 hours) 
    Free YMCA Individual Membership included for all Y staff!

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