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YMCA of Greater Seattle Aquatics II, Lifeguard in Kent, Washington


Join us at the NEW Kent YMCA!

We are now hiring for the Kent YMCA, under construction and scheduled to open in early September 2019. New employees for Kent will have the opportunity to start work right away at other YMCA locations including Newcastle, SeaTac and Auburn, or to onboard in July and start training in August for the September opening.

Job Summary

We are looking for trustworthy leaders who want to make positive connections with our members and program participants. You need to have a keen eye for safety and set the tone for a safe environment for kids and families. You will play a key role in ensuring safety standards are met – in the water and on the deck, serving as first responder in emergencies, maintaining safety equipment, and serving on an engaged and dynamic Aquatics team.


  1. Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, on deck and surrounding areas. Prevents accidents by maintaining constant observation of the pool area, enforcing health and safety rules and maintaining emergency readiness. May perform duties related to opening or closing the pool.

  2. Develops positive relationships with participants and parents.

  3. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.

  4. Knows/reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies, procedures, and the “safe-in-six” model. Completes related reports as required.

  5. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.

  6. Performs chemical testing when not guarding , as required, and takes appropriate action.

  7. Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.

  8. Performs routine maintenance of the pool and surrounding areas to ensure cleanliness.

  9. Checks pool and rescue equipment and promptly reports any problems.

  10. Sets up and stores equipment for recreational swims and assists instructors with set up.

  11. Maintains aquatic program areas and equipment with a high attention to cleanliness and safety.

  12. Encourages member and parent involvement and identifies potential volunteers.

  13. Conveys basic information on YMCA programs and schedules to members and, as appropriate, refers members to other YMCA programs and/or staff.

  14. Other duties as assigned.


You are 18 years of age or older and have:

  1. Ability to maintain certification-level of physical and mental readiness.

  2. Must be observant and able to react calmly, quickly and with good judgment in an emergency.

  3. Current state approved first-aid certification.

    1. Current state approved CPR certification – Pro or Basic Life Support.
    1. Lifeguard certification – YMCA or Red Cross.
    1. YMCA of Greater Seattle scanning training or equivalent
    1. PREFERRED: 6+ months lifeguarding experience
  1. Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.
  • We can facilitate the process of you getting certified if you don’t have the required certifications yet. Please still apply if you are interested! YMCA Lifeguard Certifications courses will be available at multiple times and locations throughout the summer.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. As an employee you also recieve a YMCA membership.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.

Pool, Beach, Lifeguard, Life, Guard, Aquatics

ID 2019-8502

Type Regular Part-Time

# of Openings 5

Location Kent YMCA

Category Aquatics

Address 10828 SE 248th St