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King County Department of Human Resources
Auburn, WA Full-time
Posted on August 29, 2019

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Do you love to swim?? 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. Individuals must be able to work both independently and as part of an overall staff team. This position requires the ability to deal courteously and appropriately with the public in a variety of situations. Lifeguards may be required to work special events, evenings, weekends and split shifts.

Apply online at : Contact David Hersey at 206-477-3302 if you have questions about the application process or about the job duties.
Work Location: King County Aquatic Center, 650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way WA. 98023.
Work Schedule: The work schedule for this position is flexible and can be varied and event-driven. It may require weekends and late evening work.  This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is overtime eligible.
Job Duties:

  • 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.
The most competitive candidates will have the following:
  • Current American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, Community First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
  • Current Northwest Lifeguard Preparation Course certification.
  • Current Northwest Lifeguard Certification (highly recommended)
  • 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:
  • Must possess Lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross.
  • Passage of a pre-employment water rescue skills test is required before candidates can be hired to work in this position. 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.

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.

Please indicate which of the following certifications you currently possess:
  • American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training
  • American Red Cross certification in Community First Aid
  • American Red Cross certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
  • Northwest Lifeguard Preparation Course certification
  • Northwest Lifeguard Certification
  • None of the above.
If you do not currently possess one or more of these certifications, do you have the ability to obtain them? Candidates must have these certifications before they can work in this position.
  • Yes
  • No
The work schedule for this position is variable and is dependent on events and class schedules. It may require weekends, 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.

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