5 days ago


Shoreline, WA



Our Commitment to Equity
The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.


Job Summary

Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, on deck, and surrounding areas.   Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.   May open or close the pool as a regular assignment.   Provides leadership as needed in the absence of a Supervisor and/or Director.  

  1. Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, on deck and surrounding areas. Prevents accidents by maintaining constant observation of the pool area, enforcing health and safety rules and maintaining emergency readiness.   May perform duties related to opening or closing the pool.
  2. Provides leadership and direction to Assistant Lifeguards as needed. May act as aquatics “lead†on shifts as needed in the absence of a Coordinator and/or Director.
  3. Develops positive relationships with participants and parents.
  4. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.
  5. Knows/reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Completes related reports as required.
  6. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.
  7. Performs chemical testing when not guarding , as required, and takes appropriate action.
  8. Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
  9. Performs routine maintenance of the pool and surrounding areas to ensure cleanliness.
  10. Checks pool and rescue equipment and promptly reports any problems.
  11. Sets up and stores equipment for recreational swims and assists instructors with set up.
  12. Maintains aquatic program areas and equipment with a high attention to cleanliness and safety.
  13. Encourages member and parent involvement and identifies potential volunteers.
  14. Conveys basic information on YMCA programs and schedules to members and, as appropriate, refers members to other YMCA programs and/or staff.
  15. Other duties as assigned.
  1. 18 or more years of age.
  2. Current state approved first-aid certification.
  3. Current state approved CPR certification – Pro or Basic Life Support.
  4. Lifeguard certification – YMCA or Red Cross. *
  5. YMCA of Greater Seattle scanning training or equivalent*
  6. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

  7. Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.
  8. Must be observant and able to react calmly, quickly and with good judgment in an emergency.
  9. Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.    


* If Red Cross certified, must complete Y Lifeguard certification class within 90 days of hire.


At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of  people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.


Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. As an employee you also recieve a YMCA membership.    


“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment.   Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.


We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana.   We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.


If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, reach out to

or the HR department at 206.382.5082.â€

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