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City of Ames Head Aquatics Shift Leader in 50010, Iowa

Head Aquatics Shift Leader

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Head Aquatics Shift Leader


$15.45 - $16.39 Hourly


50010, IA

Job Type



Parks and Recreation

Job Number



5/17/2021 5:00 PM Central

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The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking applications for the position of Head Aquatics Shift Leader. Candidates interested in this opportunity can expect to work May 2021 - September 2021, approximately 35-40 hours per week, generally between 1:30PM and 9:30PM on a rotating schedule to include weekends. Weekly Shift Leader meetings are held 9:00AM-11:00AM on Fridays.

Under the general supervision of the Aquatics Manager the Head Aquatics Shift leader position provides general supervision for the Aquatics Shift leaders, Lifeguards, and Water Slide Attendants at the Furman Aquatic center.

Head Shift Leader is directly responsible for Shift Leaders, Lifeguards, and Water Slide Attendants. Head Shift Leader is directly accountable to the Recreation Manager and adjunctly accountable to the Parks & Recreation Superintendent and the Director of Parks & Recreation.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Primary Responsibilities:

-Oversee lifeguard and water slide attendant staffing plan (e.g. shift meeting, rotations and assignments, rescue equipment, etc.).

-Oversee patron surveillance (i.e. lifeguard alertness and vigilance, consistent rule enforcement, etc.).

-Oversee enacting of emergency action plans (EAPs) as needed.

Secondary Responsibilities:

-Perform opening and closing procedures (unlocking/locking, lights/features, etc.) as outlined.

-Perform daily operations (e.g. chemical testing, announcements, deep water test, etc.) as outlined.

-Complete required paperwork for record keeping (e.g. incident reports, water testing, etc.) as outlined.

-Assist Furman Aquatics Manager with lifeguard and water slide attendant orientation and in-service training.

-Assist Furman Aquatics Manager with formal and informal staff recognition and evaluation.

-Assist Furman Aquatics Manager with Red Shirt & Yellow Brick Drills.

-Supervise internal and external groups and activities (swim team, swim lessons, aqua classes, rentals, etc.).

-Other assigned duties as assigned by the Aquatics Manager.

Distributed Responsibilities:

-Prepare work schedules and payroll.

-Perform weekly facility safety checks and follow through on required action.

-Communicate with lifeguard corps through various media (e.g. WhenToWork, email, social media, etc.).

-Maintain current inventory of supplies and notify Furman Aquatics Manager of needs.

Additional Responsibilities:

-Serves as primary contact, person in charge, during evening and weekend hours as assigned.

-Assist Aquatics Manager with hiring and training of deck staff.

-Mentor, coach, and develop all staff members.

-Oversee staff In-Service Training.

-Prepare work schedules and payroll for deck staff and supervises their activities.

-Delegate facility specific tasks to Shift Leaders and deck staff.

-Ensure proper staffing levels by calling in additional staff or cutting staff, dependent on the situation.

-Ensures compliance with state and federal child labor laws.

-Oversee Shift Leader staffing plans (e.g. shift meeting, rotations and assignments, rescue equipment, etc.).

-Maintains constant watch for accidents or potential accidents.

-Enforces rules governing the conduct of persons at a swimming pool, warning patrons against hazardous practices.

-Recognizes emergency situations and reacts appropriately in a quick and calm manner.

-Assists persons in distress by application of safety techniques, resuscitation, and First Aid administration.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience:

High School graduation, G.E.D. or HiSet. Lifeguarding experience is required. Leadership experience in pool operation and management is preferred. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Licenses and Certificates:

Currently certified through the American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid and AED/CPR certification; NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO) and/or LGI certification recommended, or able to obtain within one month of employment.

If you possess one, please attach American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate

Candidates not possessing these certifications may still apply; the City will provide a First Aid/CPR/AED certification course at the reduced rate of $35. This fee will directly cover the employee's certificate fee due to the Red Cross plus course materials.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Understand lifeguarding principles and water safety best practices. Understand pool water quality control, mechanical functions of pool equipment and general facility safety. Demonstrate sufficient physical fitness, communication skills, initiative, dependability, organization, enthusiasm, leadership, and a desire to serve the public; ability to maintain a professional appearance (staff shirt w/ guard suit, khaki or red shorts) at all times while on site; ability to maintain a professional demeanor (calm and courteous) at all times while on site. Ability to understand, appreciate and embody the City of Ames Core Values; ability to maintain an exceptional level of safety and sanitation of the pool facility.

Supplemental Information

Physical and Environmental Characteristics:

Examples of Equipment Used on the Job: calculator, computer and related software, personnel policies manual, recreation equipment, telephone, audiovisual equipment, copy machine, and minor hand tools

Required Physical Activities: Standing, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, talking, hearing, and swimming.

Physical Characteristics of Work: The work involves intermittent periods of standing and sitting with sitting 25% of the time (includes using a computer); standing (but not walking) 35% of the time; standing and walking 40% of the time; frequently lifting objects under 10 pounds; occasionally lifting objects from 10 to 25 pounds; infrequently lifting objects from 25 to 50 pounds; and infrequently lifting objects over 50 pounds.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects or parts, operation of machines (including inspection), and measurement devices.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed both inside and outside. Exposure to noise, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, chemical hazards, and atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin. The work may require wearing a respirator, working in confined spaces, or being exposed to extreme heat.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, interview, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

NOTE: Applicants with disabilities may submit requests for ADA testing or interview accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the test or interview.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at: