Lifeguard - Denver Parks and Recreation
Denver, CO

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Denver, CO 80202
United States

Experience Required
From $15
Per Hour
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Part Time
No Travel
Job Description

About Our Job

Employment Requirement: City Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30, 2021. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment.


Lifeguards love their jobs because they: learn valuable life-saving skills, build a foundation for a strong resume with opportunities for trainings on interviewing/resume writing, contribute to Denver’s local communities, build confidence in their skills, work flexible hours in a job that keeps you fit!


This position requires current Lifeguard Certification (see ‘About You’ section below). Applicants who do not possess current certification may participate in a Lifeguard Training Certification course led by Denver Parks and Recreation prior to employment. Lifeguard Training Certification courses require between 20 and 26 hours of in-person training, and may include up to 7 hours of online training. Attendance is mandatory for all in-person course sessions and completion of any online training is required.


To participate in the required Lifeguard Training Certification course, applicants must successfully complete a swimming pre-test consisting of three elements: 1) swimming 300 yards/meters (six laps) without stopping, 2) treading water for two minutes using legs only, and 3) completing a series of swimming actions within a specified time frame. Click here for more information about the Lifeguard hiring process:


Once hired, obtain your Water Safety Instructor Certification to earn swim instruction pay differential for time spent instructing swim classes: group swim lessons (hourly rate + 50%) and private swim lessons (hourly rate + 75%).


To view a map of the City and County of Denver’s 32 indoor and outdoor swimming pools and determine your preferences for work locations:

Lifeguards perform public safety and recreational work supervising, swimming and enforcing regulations at municipal pools:

  • Observes and patrols pool and enforces safety regulations
  • Assists swimmers from water when in danger; performs resuscitation and first aid when appropriate
  • Some positions may coach swimming teams or teach swimming lessons
  • Some positions may perform minor maintenance work on pool equipment
  • Some positions may provide recreation front desk assistance or other facility operations support
  • May perform other related duties as assigned or requested

This is an on-call position which will work no more than 39 hours per week and is not eligible for benefits. On-call positions may have routine or variable work schedules. This position will work an average of 39 hours per week.

About You

Our ideal candidates will be strong swimmers with an enthusiasm for engaging with the public. Additionally, candidates will be expected to demonstrate reliability.

​We realize that your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Education requirement: None
  • Experience Requirement: Must be 15-years-old at time of application per lifeguard certification requirements
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: None
  • License/Certifications: Possession of current Lifeguard Training Certification from one of the following agencies: NASCO, American Red Cross, Ellis & Associates, Star Guard within the first month of employment
  • Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment

Job Requirements
Strong swimmer
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