Head Lifeguard

Prince William County Government - Dale City, VA3.8

Introduction The summer fun starts here! The Department of Parks and Recreation has 8 aquatic facilities to include: 2 indoor pools, 4 community pools and 2 waterparks. The aquatics department serves over 400,000 visitors a year. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our dynamic supervisory team at the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center in Dale City and Veterans Memorial Park in Woodbridge. The Head Lifeguard is responsible for daily operations of the aquatic facility to include supervision of lifeguard staff and ensuring water chemistry standards are met. This position requires a current Pool Operator Certification and Ellis & Associates license. Parks and Recreation aquatic facilities are a 7 day a week operation which requires a flexible work schedule to include: early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays.

The Department of Parks and Recreation conducts DMV records checks on all licensed employees and criminal background checks on all hires age 18 and older.

SALARY: $11.60 – 15.65

General Definition of Work, Typical tasks, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities The statements in this class specification are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


Supervises lifeguards and maintains the daily operations of the aquatic facility. Maintains water chemistry and equipment and ensures the safety of the patrons and staff through safe operating procedures.

Supervises, trains, schedules and evaluates lifeguards;
Ensures proper water chemistry by checking and adjusting water chemistry and water levels as needed;
Performs routine maintenance on pool and filter systems;
Coordinates pool setup according to pool schematics and places appropriate signage for closed areas, lap swim, etc.;
Maintains constant surveillance of patrons;
Conducts in-service training;
Completes daily financial and attendance reports;
Provides emergency care and treatment as required until the arrival of emergency medical services;
Ensures a clean facility;
Performs related work as required.

Ability to communicate effectively with the general public and to work in a team environment; proven leadership and problem solving skills and ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations; skilled in the application of lifeguarding surveillance and rescue techniques.

Education and Experience EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a tenth grade education. Certified in Ellis and Associates Lifeguarding, CPR-PR, AED, Oxygen administration and First Aid. Certified Pool Operator with a valid Prince William County Pool Operators license. Three seasons (9 months) of lifeguard experience and one season (3 months) pool operation experience.

Special Requirements SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle or feel objects and controls;
Must have physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine;
Significant climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, and repetitive motions;
Able to swim 200 yards, tread water for 2 minutes without use of hands, and must be able to retrieve a brick from a depth of 10 feet of water.

Background Checks, which may include but are not limited to: Criminal History Check, Credit History Check, Education Verification Check, License Verification Check, and/or Fingerprinting may be required (Effective January 3, 2013) as posted in the job advertisement.