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Furman Aquatic Center Shift Leader

Company Name:
City of Ames
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:
February 2, 2024
Deadline Date:
April 1, 2024
Job Category:
Home Base Iowa Company:
Salary Range:
$16 - $17
Job Description:


$16.55 - $17.56 Hourly


50010, IA






Parks and Recreation - Temporary & Part-time positions




4/1/2024 5:00 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 seeking applications for the position of Aquatics Shift Leader.

Candidates interested in this opportunity can expect to work April through September. The majority of the hours are during the pool Furman pool season between May and September but include some training and assistance with pool preparations prior to opening for the summer season as early as April 1, and assist with closing the facility through mid-September 2023.

Approximately 35-40 hours per week, hours will be on a rotating schedule to include weekends. This position will be required to assist with staff in-services and participate at weekly shift leader meetings (tentatively Fridays 9am-11am)

Under the general supervision of the Aquatics Manager the Shift leader position provides general supervision for the aquatic staff at the Furman Aquatic center. The Shift Leader is directly accountable to the Aquatics Manager and adjunctly accountable to the Parks & Recreation Superintendent and the Director of Parks & Recreation.

Primary Responsibilities:
-Oversee aquatic 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, cleaning 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 orientation and in-service training.
-Assist Furman Aquatics Manager with formal and informal staff recognition and evaluation.
-Assist Furman Aquatics Manager with live action drills and performance checks.
-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 daily facility safety checks and follow through on required action.
-Communicate with aquatic staff 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 aquatic 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 aquatic staff.
-Ensure proper staffing levels by calling in additional staff or cutting staff, dependent on the situation.
-Ensures compliance with state and federal laws including but not limited to child labor laws.
-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, CPR, first aid, and water rescues as needed to the scope of their training.

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

Licenses and Certificates: 
American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid and AED/CPR certification required; WSI and/or LGI certification recommended, or able to obtain within one month of employment.

Please attach American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certifications or any other related certifications.

Candidates not possessing these certifications may still apply but LGI and WSI certifications must be obtained within the first month of employment.

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.

Physical and Environmental Characteristics:
Examples of Equipment Used on the Job:  water rescue equipment, chemical test kits, calculator, computer and related software, personnel policies manual, recreation equipment, telephone, audiovisual equipment, copy machine, and minor hand tools
Required Physical Activities: Standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time, 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 outside weather conditions, 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:

City of Ames
515 Clark Ave

Ames, Iowa, 50010











* Required Question

Furman Aquatic Center Shift Leader Supplemental Questionnaire
Do you have a current lifeguard instructor certification or ability to obtain one prior to the beginning of our summer season?
Do you have a current water safety instructor certification or ability to obtain one prior to the beginning of our summer season?
Please explain any experience you have as a leader or supervisor.
Are you at least 18 years old?
What is your availability to work in the summer months (days of the week and hours)?
Are you available to work at Furman for the full season, Memorial Day through Labor Day?
High School / GED
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