City of Boston

Head Lifeguard

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Boston Cntr - Youth & Families
Regular Full-Time
BCC003 - Central Office
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The Head Lifeguard primary responsibility is the supervision of pool staff, patrons and the entire pool facility in compliance with local board of health regulations. The person in this position is responsible for guarding the pool, ensuring the safety of all patrons, enforcing the pool rules, maintaining cleanliness and sanitary conditions around the pool facility and implementing the emergency protocols as needed. The Head Lifeguard is also responsible for administering aquatic programs and activities as set forth by the Department, including teaching swim lessons, coaching the youth swim team, supervising group swim activities, and assisting with other aquatic activities.


  • Conducts lifeguard training courses. 
  • Supervises pool staff, patrons and entire pool facility in compliance with local board of health regulations. 
  • Prevents emergencies by performing surveillance while scanning the pool in a continuous and consistent manner, and perform assists or rescues as needed.
  • Develops, implements and oversees various aquatic programs and activities such as, but not limited to: swimming lessons, youth swim team, stroke clinics, lap and recreational swims, family swims, water aerobics, among others. 
  • Maintains accurate daily pool records (including chemical treatments and backwashing when required) as well as sustain sanitary conditions in and around the pool, locker rooms, shower areas, and toilets.  
  • Ensures that pools meet all health and safety standards including a clean and safe environment, appropriate air and water temperature, chemical balance, and timely pool water testing and backwashing. 
  • Complies with Department’s uniform regulations as required by local health code.  
  • Attends all required in-service trainings.
  • Performs required lifeguard surveillance and ensure that there is always a lifeguard on duty whenever the pool is being used. 
  • Enforces Department’s pool rules and regulations to ensure adherence to code of conduct and in an effort to prevent emergencies.  
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Qualified applicants must have a current certification in Lifeguard Training. The Certification includes Lifeguard Skills, First Aid and CPR/AED. 
  • Three (3) years of lifeguard experience preferred. 
  • American Red Cross (ARC) Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification and Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) is required. 
  • Competitive swimming experience is preferred.
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and/or weekends as needed. 
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the position.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail and multi-tasking skills, and be able to work under pressure.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suites preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team oriented work environment, diverse organization, including continuously interacting and working with individuals from different backgrounds and cultures.


C.O.R.I. & S.O.R.I. Check Required. 


This position has received a waiver from the Boston Residency Commission establishing a temporary moratorium on the City of Boston Residency Ordinance for a period of three years, ending January 4, 2027.




Union/Salary Plan/Grade: SEIU/CC-9

Hours Per Week: 35


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