Lifeguard | Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines, IA at YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Date Posted: 7/29/2020

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Job Description

Job Description

There's nothing like working at the Y! 

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Our staff members are people who drive this cause – it is because of our drive, our passion, our belief in others, and our belief in the strength of our mission that we are able to make a difference – every day. 

EVERY position positively impacts others at the Y - JOIN US, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


HOURS/DAYS SCHEDULE: All shifts (Especially: opening/closing shifts during the week and weekend event guarding)

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 18, 2020 -Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will train applicants who are not currently certiifed in Red Cross Lifeguarding.


As a Lifeguard, you will have the opportunity to provide everyone with a safe place to swim, learn, grow and play. You will maintain a safe swimming environment in the pool, on the pool deck and the surrounding areas. You will be able to relate to people in a positive manner to build relationships with all who enter the pool.

Help positively impact children and families in our community and SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT YOUR OWN LIFE - experience, knowledge, satisfaction and joy are just some of the ways you'll grow, learn and thrive. 


  • Enforce rules and procedures.
  • Keep pool and pool deck free of obstructions and safety hazards.
  • Maintain constant surveillance of the water and pool deck areas.
  • Handle equipment as assigned to ensure safety.
  • Record chemical readings.
  • Know emergency procedures and is able to demonstrate them.
  • Maintain emergency equipment.
  • Respond to all emergencies.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor or designated staff person.
  • Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Association as embodied in the mission statement and values


  1. Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical functions
  2. Online New Employee Safety Orientation
  3. Intro to Y’s Cause & Culture Online Course
  4. Current Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED & Bloodborne Pathogens Certifications or equivalent (Taking the Lifeguard Certification gives you all the listed certifications)
  5. Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification or equivalent
  6. Must be at least 15 years of age (15 year olds are required to have a work permit on file with the Iowa Division of Labor and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines Human Resources Department.)


  1. Visual, auditory, and verbal ability to communicate effectively with people and monitor property and activity
  2. Ability to remain alert at all times
  3. Ability to adapt to changing working conditions
  4. Ability to perform strenuous physical activity


  1. Good communication skills
  2. Ability to work with diverse group of people
  3. Ability to work with minimal supervision
  4. Ability to maintain control of area even when distracted by noise
  5. Attend trainings and/or courses as required by the YMCA

Apply and begin your life changing Y journey TODAY!