Placer County

Lifeguard (#11110)

$19.16-$20.62 Hourly / $3,321.07-$3,574.13 Monthly / $39,852.80-$42,889.60 Yearly



To perform general lifeguard duties pertaining to the safety and operation of an assigned swimming pool facility and program. 


Receives general supervision from the Parks and Grounds Superintendent as well as technical and functional supervision from higher level Parks and Grounds staff assigned to the pool.


Essential duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintain a constant vigil over patrons at the pool facility; rescue persons in distress.
  • Maintain discipline and orderly conduct among the patrons and enforce all pool rules and regulations.
  • Render first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedures.
  • Clean rest rooms, dressing rooms, and guard shack; pick up litter around grounds; inform park supervisor of maintenance conditions and supply needs.
  • Monitor pool water level and ensure pool skimmers are functioning correctly.
  • Ensure pool deck is clean of debris and required pool safety equipment is in place and functional.
  • Fill out pool incident report forms for state regulation requirements.
  • May be required to collect fees and/or donations for swimming pool use; maintain records and reports as required.
  • May be required to direct and instruct swimming, lifesaving, and water safety classes.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed outdoors in varying temperature and weather conditions. Duties are performed in close proximity to a variety of environmental factors associated with a public aquatic facility.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: None required.

Training: Must be at least 16 years of age.

Required License and Certificate:

  • Must obtain a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate or equivalent certification prior to starting employment.
  • Must obtain a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate or equivalent certification prior to starting employment.
  • Must obtain a valid Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) First Aid Certificate or equivalent certification prior to starting employment.
  • If under the age of 18, proof of age will be required at the time of employment. Acceptable proof of age documents include a California Employment Certificate/Work Permit, Age Certification, or driver's license.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of water safety and lifesaving procedures.
  • Swimming rescue and advanced first aid techniques including CPR.
  • Basic principles used in the operation and mechanics of a swimming pool.
  • Basic operational characteristics of pool pumps and filtering equipment.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; interpret, recall, observe, explain, and enforce policies and procedures; understand, recall, and explain a variety of information; quickly observe, identify, analyze, and respond to emergency situations; observe safety rules and identify potential safety hazards; work with frequent interruptions; focus on a single task for long periods of time.
  • On continuous basis, sit or stand while observing patrons using the pool facilities; intermittently walk, bend, stoop, climb, kneel, twist, and reach to observe and assist pool patrons; speak, use telephone, write, and use a keyboard to communicate; see and hear with sufficient acuity to perform essential job functions; occasionally push, pull, and grasp to operate safety and pool equipment; lift very heavy weight.
  • Swim with proficiency and endurance.
  • Work with members of the public in a recreational swimming environment.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Length of Probation:
This classification serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and has no specific term and no right to continuous employment.

Bargaining Unit: 
Unclassified Non-Management

FLSA Status:


03/01/2005; 03/24/2015; 09/11/2023

Last Content Review:

CLASS: 11110; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 3/24/2015;