Lifeguard / Instructor III

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Lifeguard / Instructor III (Full-Time)

Sparwood is a friendly and welcoming community of about 4,000 people, nestled in the heart of the Elk Valley in the Southeast Kootenays.  As an “Active Community” we have great indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, trails and a world class ski hill just 30 minutes away.

The District of Sparwood has an excellent employment opportunity for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual to join the Leisure Services team in the role of Lifeguard / Instructor III. The individual will act as a lead lifeguard ensuring the pool area and related facilities are safe for public usage and that patrons are abiding by facility rules. The incumbent will have a solid understanding of pool filtration systems and water chemistry and assist the Aquatic Supervisor in the maintenance of these systems.  The Lifeguard / Instructor III will be assigned administrative duties including assisting with the planning and organizing of events, programs and lessons as well as assist in leading aquatic in-services as needed.  The primary responsibilities will be providing lifeguarding services, teaching swimming lessons, instructing aquafit classes and providing custodial services ensuring the pool and related facilities are maintained at the highest level of cleanliness.

A comprehensive job description can be found below.

This position is a unionized position under CUPE local 2698. The 2020 hourly wage rate is $28.23. As part of the interview process, shortlisted candidates will be required to participate in a practical portion of the interview at the District of Sparwood Leisure Centre. Qualified applicants who are offered and accept the role may be required to complete a satisfactory pre-employment Background Check. This may consist of all or a combination of the following: Canadian Criminal Record check, an Employment Verification and/or an Education and Accreditation Verification.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, by October 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm Mountain Time to:

Jenna Jensen
HR & Communication Coordinator
District of Sparwood
Phone: 250.425.6271
Email to: careers@sparwood.ca

Job Description

Job Title

Lifeguard / Instructor III (Full Time)

Reports To

Director of Community and Facility Services

Salary Grade

CUPE – Regular Full-time

Department

Community and Facility Services

Updated

September 2019

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Community and Facility Services, the Lifeguard / Instructor III is responsible for providing ongoing monitoring of public swims, providing swimming lesson instruction and leading aquafit classes.  The Lifeguard / Instructor III acts as a lead lifeguard ensuring the pool area and related facilities are safe for public usage and that patrons are abiding by facility rules.  The incumbent will have a solid understanding of pool filtration systems and water chemistry and assist the Aquatic Supervisor in the maintenance of these systems.  The Lifeguard / Instructor III will be assigned administrative duties including assisting with the planning and organizing of events, programs and lessons as well as assist in leading aquatic in-services as needed.  Primary responsibilities will be providing lifeguarding services, teaching swimming lessons, instructing aquafit classes and providing custodial services ensuring the pool and related facilities are maintained at the highest level of cleanliness.

Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Conflict management
  • Critical thinking
  • Instruction and Training
  • Decision making
  • Safety Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Organization
  • Self-Management
  • Teamwork and collaboration

Job Duties

Lifeguarding & Instruction

  • Leads Aquafit Classes
  • Monitors aquatic activities, ensures adherence and enforcement of pool rules and safety regulations
  • Performs the duties of a lead lifeguard
  • Supervises and ensures the safety of pool users in accordance with established lifesaving, safety and health guidelines
  • Instructs, tests, and certifies or assists in the instruction, testing and certification of Red Cross, Lifesaving, first aid and other aquatic programs as assigned
  • Plans, organizes, and leads events and instructional classes

Custodial and Maintenance

  • Tests, backwashes filters, adds chemicals and maintains the chlorination system
  • Inspects pool and aquatic centre facilities such as change rooms, lockers, etc.
  • Conducts custodial/cleaning and minor maintenance service and ensures safety, hygiene and cleanliness standards are maintained
  • Performs regular maintenance duties on the pool filtration and chlorination systems including water

Administration

  • Assists the Aquatic Supervisor in the planning and organizing of lessons and special events
  • Assists the Aquatic Supervisor with the planning of organizing and leading of in-services
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of certificates, records, reports, staff schedules etc. as required or assigned
  • Provides coverage for office staff as needed or assigned
  • Assists the Aquatic Supervisor in administrative duties as may be assigned

Other

  • Fills in for the Aquatic Supervisor in their absence
  • Provides information to and assists the public with facility & program information
  • Promotes and practices good public relations with user groups, fellow employees and the general public
  • Performs other duties within the aquatic centre as assigned

Education and Qualifications

  • Pool Operator Level II
  • National Lifesaving Certificate
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • Standard First Aid & CPR ‘C’/AED
  • Airway Management & Oxygen Administration
  • Aquafit Instructor
  • Lifesaving Instructor

Job Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Effective leadership skills, with a strong focus on mentoring and motivation of employees
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Able to work effectively under pressure and in stressful situations
  • Sound understanding of event and scheduling management
  • Professional and able to provide a high level of customer service
  • Able to handle confidential information and documentation
  • A positive, energetic approach to work
  • Demonstrated competence in the maintaining of pool chemical and mechanical systems
  • Advanced understanding and ability to instruct aquatic based classes including lifeguarding techniques
  • Advanced lifeguarding skills and abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the public in a positive and effective manner
  • Ability to educate the public on facility rules and affect discipline positively
  • Be able to perform labor-intensive skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be a leader
  • Has exceptional customer service skills
  • Advanced knowledge of pool filtration systems, water treatment of pool operations
  • Demonstrated ability in dealing effectively and tactfully with the public and staff

Work Conditions

  • Rotating shift schedule Monday through Sunday between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 pm
  • Interaction with employees, management, and the public at large
  • Operation of desktop computer and peripherals
  • Extended periods of standing