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Furman Aquatic Center Water Safety Instructor

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:
$14 - $15
Job Description:


$14.17 - $15.49 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 Water Safety Instructor.

Candidates interested in this opportunity can expect to work from May - September 2024.

Water Safety Instructors are directly accountable to Lesson Coordinator and Aquatics Manager and adjunctly accountable to the Recreation Superintendent and the Director of Parks & Recreation.

Open until filled.

Teach skills for level assigned; ensure safety of all participants; enforce all aquatic facility polices, rules and regulations; recognize and respond to any emergency situations; evaluate and record participants skills; inspect equipment before use and report any issues to lesson coordinator; complete and submit required reports of a swim lesson; and participate in scheduled in-service sessions.

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 16 years of age. Prior experience is preferred.

Licenses and Certifications: Current American Red Cross or YMCA water safety instructor certificate. Equivalent certifications issued by other organizations will be considered on a case by case basis.

Candidates not possessing these certifications may still apply; the City will provide a Water Safety Instructor certification course at the reduced rate of $45. This fee will directly cover the employee's certificate fee due to the Red Cross plus course materials.

Please attach WSI/Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED if certified.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Necessary to Perform Essential Functions: Thorough knowledge of water safety and application of skills; knowledgeable of child development.

Ability to teach and relate positively to participants; ability to understand, appreciate and embody the City of Ames Core Values; ability to maintain an exceptional level of safety and pool facilities; ability to maintain a professional appearance at all times while on site; ability to maintain a professional demeanor (calm and courteous) at all times while on site.

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 Water Safety Instructor Supplemental Questionnaire
Do you have a current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification? if so, please attach a copy to your application.
Can you pass the lifeguard pre-requisite skills to acquire a WSI certification? (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.)
Are you available to work the whole summer season (Memorial Day - Labor Day)?
Are you at least 16 years of age or older?
What is your summer work availability? (Days of the weeks and times)
Resume Required:
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