Canton Township
  • CLS - Community Center
  • Canton, MI, USA
  • $11.00 / hour
  • Hourly
  • Variable Hour

No Benefits

The following at-will  job posting will remain open until all positions are filled:




Pay Rate: $11.00 per hour

This is an open posting.  Applications will be considered as they are received.

 Applicants are encouraged to apply early. 




This position is responsible for ensuring the safety of all individuals within the Aquatic Center. Work is performed under the general direction of the Recreation Specialist.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Note: These examples are intended merely as illustrations of the various types of work performed)

  • Promote a positive and safe experience for all visiting patrons
  • Observe the behavior of all patrons either by patrolling the deck or by surveying from the lifeguard chair, as directed
  • Communicate facility's policies, rules, and procedures in a friendly and pleasant manner
  • Provide updates to people within the pool area as needed
  • Keep an accurate record of individuals using the facility
  • Perform assists, rescues, CPR, and first aid when necessary
  • Record pool and air temperatures as well as chemical readings as required by the Health Department guidelines
  • Alert supervisory staff to any dangerous, unsanitary or potentially hazardous conditions
  • Assist swim instructors with record keeping, equipment usage, and swim lessons
  • Regulate the dispatch of people using the water slide and monitor the flow of swimmers and equipment in the other pool areas
  • Attend and participate in meetings, retraining and staff in-services as required
  • Perform minor maintenance, cleaning and daily upkeep of the Aquatic Center
  • Respond to patron concerns or complaints and forward information to appropriate supervisor
  • Provide a dependable and acceptable substitute in their absence
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Must possess a current certification in Lifeguard Training, C.P.R. for the Professional Rescuer and Standard First Aid from a nationally-recognized organization (Jeff Ellis and Associates certification is preferred) or must be enrolled and attending a certified Lifeguard Training Program. If certified through another agency, certification through Jeff Ellis & Associates is mandatory within 30 days of hire.
  • Must pass pre-employment water, CPR, and first aid exams
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Ability to withstand exposure to chemicals commonly used in swimming pool environments
  • Ability to clearly communicate procedures, problems, and policies with fellow employees and the public in a tactful and courteous manner
  • Must be willing to conform to department uniform policy
  • Ability to respond to emergencies and distress situations quickly and effectively
  • Ability to work a wide variety of shifts including afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays and substitute when needed
  • This is an "At-Will" position: Work assignments and hours are scheduled based on availability, division requirements and within the confines of the budget. Schedules and work hours are not guaranteed and are subject to change at any time due to division needs, budgeting constraints and staff availability


  • Stand - Frequently
  • Walk - Frequently
  • Sit - Occasionally
  • Use of Hands/Fingers - Constantly
  • Reach - Occasionally
  • Climb - Occasionally
  • Crawl - Rarely
  • Squat/Kneel - Frequently
  • Bend - Frequently


  • Less than 10 lbs- Frequently
  • 10-29 lbs - Frequently
  • 30-59 lbs - Occasionally
  • 60-100 lbs - Rarely


  • Less than 10 lbs- Frequently
  • 10-29 lbs - Frequently
  • 30-59 lbs - Occasionally
  • 60-100 lbs - Rarely

Reports To: Recreation Specialist - Health, Wellness, and Aquatics

Job Description Updated: August 2014

Posting information:

  • Lifeguard (Variable Hour)

    • This is a variable hour job opportunity.  Hours will fluctuate week to week.  An employee in this position will primarily work during a defined season and may be scheduled intermittently during the remainder of the year. 
    • This is an at-will position. Hours are limited and will vary based on the operational needs of the department. Employees in this position are not full-time and will be classified as part-time employees.
    • All candidates will be notified VIA EMAIL of the disposition of the employment application.
    • Being hired to fill a vacant position will require reference checking, background information, working history verification, physical exam, drug screen, and new hire orientation.
    • Schedule: Ability to work a wide variety of shifts including afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays.
    • Must meet the minimum requirements of the position to be considered.
    • This is an external posting open to all applicants. This position will remain open until filled. A completed application must be submitted to be considered for this position. Applications not completed in their entirety will not be considered.
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