Work in Ames

Furman Aquatic Center Lifeguard

Company Name:
Furman Aquatic Center
Company Description:

As a progressive, innovative government employer, the City of Ames is committed to providing the highest quality public service possible. Our organization is dedicated to hiring and developing City employees who share enthusiasm to serve the citizens of Ames. All employees are important members of the City team, and we do our best to ensure that we hire the best available candidates while promoting equality of opportunity.

The City of Ames is a full service organization providing citizens with municipal services including water, electric, sewer, fire, police, public works, parks and recreation. We operate numerous facilities in locations across the city including the Ames Public Library, Ames Municipal Cemetery, Ames Municipal Airport, Furman Aquatic Center, and the Ames/ISU Ice Arena. With a population of more than 65,000, Ames offers cultural, recreational, educational, business, and entertainment amenities more common in bigger metros. As a growing city, Ames continues to focus on building a strong community filled with opportunities for all. There are so many reasons that Ames, Iowa, is the Smart Choice!

As a values-based employer, each City of Ames employee is tasked with bringing to life 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 allows these values to take root and flourish. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective and working to best serve the citizen, not a department or division. 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.

The City of Ames employs more than 550 full-time employees and hundreds of part-time staff. We work together to ensure citizens are proud of their local government and their community. With friendly people, beautiful parks, great shopping, progressive schools, exciting cultural and entertainment venues, quality healthcare, and endless recreational opportunities in every season, Ames offers residents an exceptional quality of life. Please join our team!  To view open positions and submit applications, please go to our organization's website:

Job Type:
Posted Date:
December 18, 2023
Deadline Date:
June 15, 2024
Job Category:
Health and Fitness
Home Base Iowa Company:
Salary Range:
$13 - $14
Job Description:


$13.26 - $14.49 Hourly


50010, IA






Parks and Recreation - Temporary & Part-time positions




6/15/2024 12:00 PM Central








Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 66,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.




General Information

Examples of Essential Job Functions


Supplemental Information

The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Lifeguard.

Candidates can work up to 40 hours per week. Shift times vary between 5am-9:30pm weekdays and weekends. The season lasts May-September but some training hours may begin in April. Duration of employment may be extended upon mutual agreement.

Lifeguards are directly accountable to both Shift Leaders and the Aquatics and Activities Manager and adjunctly accountable to the Recreation Superintendent and the Director of Parks & Recreation. Lifeguards who become LGI certified will be given a rate increase after certification.

Open until filled. First Date of application review will be January 10th.

Prevents injuries by minimizing or eliminating hazardous situations and behaviors; consistently enforce all aquatic facility policies, rules, and regulations and educate patrons about them; recognize and respond quickly and effectively to all emergencies; administer first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or use an AED in an emergency; inform other lifeguards, facility staff and management when more help or equipment is needed; inspect the facility on a daily schedule and report any unsafe conditions or equipment to the shift leader; complete and submit required records and reports; perform routine cleaning and maintenance as prescribed; participate in regular in-service training sessions; exercise regularly to maintain fitness level (swimming skills, strength and endurance); and complete additional duties as assigned by Shift Leaders or the Aquatics Manager.

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; committing to diversity, equity and inclusion; 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: Must be at least 15 years of age. Lifeguarding experience is recommended.

Licenses and Certifications: Current American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid and AED training is required.

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Necessary to Perform Essential Functions: Thorough knowledge and application of lifeguarding surveillance and rescue techniques.

Skill in leadership, public relations, and decision-making.

Ability to understand facility characteristics, rules, policies, and procedures; ability to understand, appreciate and embody the City of Ames Core Values; ability to assist in maintaining an exceptional level of safety and sanitation of the pool facility; ability to complete all modules of Lifeguard Orientation; ability to maintain a professional appearance (see Lifeguard Dress Code) and demeanor at all times.

Selection Process:
The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, an 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:

City of Ames
515 Clark Ave

Ames, Iowa, 50010









* Required Question

Furman Aquatic Center Lifeguard Supplemental Questionnaire
What is your work availability this summer? (Days of the weeks and times)
Are you at least 15 years of age?
Are you available to work at Furman for the full season, Memorial Day through Labor Day?
Do you have a current lifeguard certification? If you answer yes please attach a copy to your application.
Will you be able to pass the lifeguard pre-requisite skills test? (Pre-requisite 1: Complete the following swim-tread-swim sequence without stopping to rest: Jump into the water and totally submerge, resurface then swim 150-yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. (Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. (Swim goggles are allowed.); Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2-minutes by treading water using only the legs.; Swim 50-yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Pre-requisite 2: Complete a timed event within 1-minute, 40-seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20-yards. (face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed).; Surface dive (fee-first or head-first) to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.; Return to the surface and swim 20-yards on the back to return to the starting point, holding the object at the surface with both hands and keeping the face out at or near the surface.; Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.)
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