Recruitment #1711-3303-001


This is a non-permanent position that will work on an intermittent basis. Individuals in this classification may not exceed 1,300 hours per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Other than Earned Paid Sick Time, non-permanent appointees do not receive benefits and their appointment may be terminated at any time without notice or right of appeal.  


The City of Tucson is looking for responsible individuals who enjoy swimming and working outdoors. The Parks and Recreation Department will be hiring over 150 lifeguards and swimming instructors for exciting summer work at one of the City of Tucson's pools beginning the week of May 27, 2018.

General Description

Water Safety Instructors are responsible for the safety of patrons at District Parks and Recreation swimming pools, and they assist patrons and instruct participants in swimming skills and techniques. This is a senior position. It differs from other positions in the classification series by performing tasks at a proficient, accomplished level and handling the more difficult, complex or irregular tasks. Individuals in senior positions typically assist in setting priorities for work and are asked upon occasion to use judgment to solve unusual problems. 

Essential Functions

Required Skills

Water Safety Instructors must have knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques and first aid, recognize hazardous situations, and adopt effective courses of action. Must also have effective communication skills and engage positively with the public. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, kneel, stand, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility. Duties require attentiveness to visual and audible cues for recognition and identification of swimmers in distress or in process of unsafe behaviors. The position requires proficient swimming ability and the proper application of rescue and first-aid techniques. 

Essential Functions

  • Observes swimmers to ensure they adhere to swimming pool rules and maintains order.
  • Provides swimming lessons as scheduled.
  • Plans, develops, organizes, and instructs aquatics programs and activities.
  • Keeps the pool area clean and clear of debris, trip hazards, or other possible injury hazards.
  • Maintains pool equipment and ensures the proper sanitation of pool and bathhouse facilities.
  • Meets and deals with the public in a positive and firm manner.
  • Applies resuscitation techniques and otherwise renders first aid.
  • Receives payment for use of swimming facilities and instruction and maintains attendance of participants.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Less than High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: Under 1 year swimming instruction and lifesaving techniques experience

Special Job Requirements

  • At least 16 years of age by May 27, 2018
  • Experienced swimmer and available to work required hours/locations
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Certification
  • American Red Cross First Aid Basics Certification 
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instruction Certification

For individuals that lack certification in one of the American Red Cross areas listed above,  please visit the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross for information on registering and completing the required course work for these certifications Please note, both of these certifications are prerequisites for the City of Tucson Lifeguard Certification.

Certification classes will be provided for individuals that lack the Water Safety Instructor Certification. The Spring Water Safety Instructor Class is scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday, 7-10  pm beginning March 26- April 19, 2018 at Catalina Pool.  Trainee must be at least 16 years old before the first class.

 For individuals that lack Lifeguard Certification, the Parks and Recreation Department will provide weeknight classes starting on Feb 26 - March 22, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and weekend classes starting April 7, 2018  from 8:00 am to noon.



Feb 26-March 22 from 7-10 pm

Clements and Sunnyside Pools - Mon./Wed./Thurs.


April 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29  from 8:00 am-noon, plus one afternoon class TBA.

Held at Archer, Clements, Udall, and Sunnyside Pools

Selection Plan

Applicants must attend one of the City's lifeguard screening sessions.  The earlier you complete these requirements, the sooner your application will receive consideration. Your certificates must be current in order for you to participate in one of the screenings. Bring all certifications to screening, including WSI. Also bring with you your swimsuit and towel.

All Lifeguard screenings will be held at Catalina High School Pool, 2005 N. Dodge Blvd., 520-791-4245

 Applicant should have knowledge of contact skills, including defenses, approaches, escapes, carries without equipment, ability to turn c-spine victims in deep water and swim to side 30' without equipment.  Screening consists of rescue skills, swimming, first aid and CPR in practical and oral interviews.

Screening Dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2017 at 3 pm
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 9 am 
  • Saturday April 7, 2018 at 9 am 
  • Saturday May 5, 2018 at 9 am

For any other questions or assistance for completing any of the above mentioned requirements contact 520-791-4245.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.