Parks and Recreation Department

Recruitment #2209-3302-001


Are you looking for a top-notch lifeguard job with the very best?

Do you LOVE being outdoors, helping people, protecting people, being a part of a team, and constantly sharpening your lifesaving skills? Look no further, because YOU ARE HOME!

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is looking to hire enthusiastic and energetic


to work at the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation swimming pools.

General Description

This is a non-permanent position that will work on an intermittent basis.

Individuals in this classification may not exceed 1,300 hours in a 12-month period.

Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of the patroms at the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation swimming pools. A Lifeguard's major responsibility is to observe swimmers and enforce regulations in the guarding of life and the prevention of accidents at the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation swimming pools.

Essential Functions


A lifeguard must have knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques and first aide, recognize hazardous situations, and adopt effective courses of action. A lifeguard must also have effective communication skills and engage positively with the public. While performing the duties of this position, a lifeguard is frequently required to sit, kneel, stand stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects. This position requires mobility. Duties require attentiveness to visual and audible cues for recognition and identification of swimmers in distress or in process of unsafe behavior. This position requires proficient swimming ability and the proper application of rescue and first-aid techniques.


Rescue persons in distress or in danger of drowning

Applies resuscitation techniques and otherwise renders first aid

Observes swimmers to ensure they adhere to swimming pool rules and maintains order

Keeps the pool area clean and clear of debris, trip hazards, or other possible injury hazards

Maintains pool equipment and ensures the proper sanitation of pool and bathhouse facilities

Meets and deals with the public in a positive and firm manner

Warns swimmers of improper activities or hazards

Notifies supervisors of any accidents, rescues, or problems that arise

Report any equipment in need of repair

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Less than High School

Minimum Experience and Qualifications: No experience

Special Job Requirements

At least 15 years of age by August 30, 2022

Experienced swimmer 

Availability to work required hours/locations 

America Red Cross Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification or equivalent

For individual lacing certification in one of the American Red Cross areas listed above, please visit the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross for information on registration and completing the required course work for these certifications at The above certification is a perquisite for the City of Tucson Lifeguard Certification.

For individuals lacking the Lifeguard Certification, please call 520.791.4245 for Lifeguard Training Certification information. Register online at or call 520.791.4877 when classes become available.

Selection Plan

Applicants should have knowledge of contact skills, including defense, approaches, escapes, carries without equipment, ability to turn c-spine victims in deep water, and swim to side 30' without equipment. Lifeguard screenings consist of rescue skills, swimming, first aid, and CPR in practical and oral interviews.

For any other questions or assistance for completing any of the above mentioned requirements, please contact 520.791.4245.


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

**The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors.  In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.**  

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

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