City of Manitou Springs
  • Manitou Springs, CO, USA
  • 12.32
  • Hourly
  • Part Time


Under general supervision, supervises pool area and water to ensure proactive and expeditious accident prevention and response; responds to water-related accidents and emergencies; enforces compliance with state and local laws; maintains lifesaving and other related equipment and facilities; and performs related duties as assigned.


(The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or auxiliary duties that may be required. The City of Manitou Springs retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.)

  • Lifeguard observes the water to monitor waders, swimmers, and other persons.

  • Through communication and proactive safety contacts, averts potential accidents.

  • Utilizes swimming, floatation and water lifesaving skills to perform water rescues.

  • Provides first responder medical emergency response to water and other emergencies at the pool, including initial patient assessment, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and trauma emergency care; prepares patients and assists paramedics in advanced life support emergency medical care.

  • Provides general assistance, information and instruction to the public regarding water and other related public safety issues.

  • Receives, responds to and/or resolves questions, assists with inquiries and complaints from the public; if warranted, refers requests and complaints to management.

  • Provides guidance, warnings and announcements for the public's benefit and information.

  • Administers basic first aid for minor injuries and follows proper emergency procedures during major emergencies.

  • Enforces Pool rules including those related to animals, alcohol and public swimming issues as required by the State Health Department.

  • Identifies problems and writes incident reports in accordance with applicable ordinances and departmental policies/procedures.

  • Requests supervisor's assistance, guidance, intervention and approval as needed and provides clear, concise documentation and explanations to incident reports.

  • Participates in educational courses and training in lifeguarding techniques and equipment, medical aid and a variety of other subjects related to lifeguarding.

  • Studies and learns departmental operations and procedures.

  • Handles sales and service at the front desk as needed.

  • Monitors weight room area and has general knowledge of proper use of equipment.

  • Teaches swim lessons as required.

  • Cleans, services, maintains, and makes minor repairs to pool equipment, weight equipment and participates in the daily upkeep of facilities and grounds.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Water environmental conditions.

  • Water Rescue and First aid practices as taught by the American Red Cross or equivalent.

  • Terminology and techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • Terminology and techniques to perform as a lifeguard in first aid and rescue.

  • Terminology and techniques to use lifeguard rescue equipment.

  • Know department policies and enforce pool/facility rules.

  • Observing and analyze public safety situations and determine appropriate course of action.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Interpret, apply and explain applicable pool and facility rules.

  • Apply medical care at the basic life support level.

  • Prepare and maintain clear, concise and accurate documentation.

  • Utilize sound, independent judgment within established guidelines.

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Remain calm, make sound decisions and respond appropriately in emergency situations.

  • Maintain personal physical endurance and agility.

  • Basic computer skills needed to operate the front desk computer and register.

  • Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing, needed for reports, class registration and service.

  • Strong customer service skills needed to interact with public. Must be able to work effectively with a wide variety of people and situations.

  • Mechanical skills needed to perform routine pool maintenance.

  • Basic math skills needed to reconcile cash from concessions.

  • Basic knowledge of weight room equipment and exercise safety.

  • Understand and apply city and departmental policies and procedures, and pertinent state and local regulations relating to lifeguard procedures and emergency operations.

  • Think clearly, act quickly, and apply logic and common sense to problem solving.

  • Develop and maintain productive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels.

Experience, Education, and Training:

  • Entry level position

  • Current High School student or High School diploma or equivalent

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard or equivalent, CPR for Professionals, First Aid or equivalent.

  • Training in:

    • the operation of pool vacuum systems;

    • swimming pool chemical testing;

    • handling of chlorine and other pool chemicals.


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

  • Ability to understand and apply city and departmental policies and procedures, and pertinent state and local regulations relating to lifeguard procedures and emergency operations.

  • Ability to think clearly, act quickly, and apply logic and common sense to problem solving.

  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, at the lifeguard level.

  • Ability to walk, run, jump, climb, swim, drive, sit, lift and carry equipment up to 60 pounds, lift overhead and balance equipment up to 40 pounds.

  • Ability to work outdoors in the sun or indoors in a humid environment for long periods of time.

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