Lifeguard TLT

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Hospitality
Posted on June 19, 2022
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We are seeking Lifeguards to work at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way WA. Lifeguards are responsible for the supervision and safety of pool users and spectators by educating and promoting habits and attitudes that lead to safe recreation, and for enforcing safety rules and responding to emergencies in an appropriate manner.   Additionally, Lifeguards will be instructing swimming lessons and Lifeguard certification courses.  Individuals must be able to work both independently and as part of an overall team. This position requires the ability to deal courteously and appropriately with the public in a variety of situations. Lifeguards are expected to work special events, evenings, weekends and may include some split shifts.

 Work Location: King County Aquatic Center, 650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way WA. 98023.
 Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the 
Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
Work Schedule:  The work schedule for this position varies, is event dependent and requires weekend hours.  Additionally, the position may require late evening work.  

This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. This position works a 30-hour work week.


Who is Eligible:  This position is open to all qualified applicants, King County and the Parks and Recreation Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.

Individuals interested in joining our team must be committed to racial, social and economic equality for ALL people in King County. We welcome applications from people who will help us consistently demonstrate the values of equity, respect and partnership.


To learn about the King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan click here

Duration: This Term-limited temporary position is initially approved for 12 months with potential for extension.

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Job Duties

  • Lifeguard during public and competitive programs.
  • Teach swimming lessons.
  • Teach Lifeguard Training and other water safety courses.
  • Educate the public in the rules and policies of the King County Aquatic Center.
  • Enforce rules and policies of the King County Aquatic Center.
  • Respond to all emergency situations.
  • Work with other King County employees to provide safe conditions for the public.
  • Report all unsafe situations or conditions to appropriate parties.
  • Report all incidents of damages or injuries using appropriate forms. Complete reports accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Adhere to blood borne pathogen training and safety standards.
  • Promote good relationships with the public and user groups.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to all patrons and staff.
  • Attend scheduled staff training.
  • Wear the designated uniform as stated in the staff manual.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Must posses current American Red Cross certification in Lifeguarding with CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.
  • Passage of a pre-employment water rescue skills test is required. 

The Most Competitive Candidates Will Have:

  • American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Instructor Training (must be obtained within first six months of hire.)

  • American Red Cross certification for Water Safety Instructor (must be obtained within first six months of hire.)

  • Current American Red Cross certification in Bloodborne Pathogen Training.
  • Current Northwest Lifeguard Preparation Course certification.
  • Current Northwest Lifeguard Certification (highly recommended).
  • Current American Red Cross certification for Lifeguard Training Instructor.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers and to handle difficult situations using discretion, patience, proper etiquette, and professionalism.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to positively interact with a variety of people in a diverse work environment.
  • Knowledge of aquatic programs and safety procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated punctuality, dependability and good work attendance.

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations.
  • Maintain a minimum of 20/40 vision. Use of corrective lenses is acceptable.
  • Ability to perform duties involving physical labor; such as bending, kneeling, standing, reaching, climbing, stooping, squatting, pushing, and twisting.
  • Ability to perform strenuous activity.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds.
 Necessary Special Requirements:
 Candidates may be tested on the following skills:
  • Rescue of an active victim without the use of rescue equipment.
  • Recovery of a submerged victim including safe removal from the water and follow-up care based on the condition of the victim.
  • Rescue of a shallow water head, neck, or back injury including securing the victim to a back board and safe removal from the water.


Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process:  Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.  

Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position. 

  • King County application 
  • Responses to supplemental questions (when applicable) 

Union Representation:   This position is not represented.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Delores Venters - 206-477-1678 or


Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.   
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.   
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.  


Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 


King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. 

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to: 

  • submit proof of vaccination or 
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office. 


King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer  
 No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.  
 To Apply  
 If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.   

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Please indicate which of the following certifications you currently possess:
  • American Red Cross certification in Lifeguarding with CPR/AED for The Professional Rescuers and First Aid (Required*)
  • American Red Cross certification in Bloodborne Pathogens Training (Highly Recommended)
  • American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Instructor (Required within 6 months)
  • American Red Cross certification in Water Safety Instructor (Required within 6 months)
  • Northwest Lifeguard Certification (Recommended)
  • None of the above
The work schedule for this position is variable and is dependent on events and class schedules. It will include weekends, and may require late evening work and/or split shifts. Are you able to work weekends, evenings and or/split shifts?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered NO to the above question, please describe any scheduling constraints you may have.

Required Question