Feb 14, 2024

Lifeguard - Full Time

  • West Suburban YMCA
  • 276 Church Street, Newton, MA, USA
Full time Other

Job Description

Build upon your love of aquatics and your career growth potential by working at the West Suburban YMCA as a full-time lifeguard!  The Y recognizes that the quality of its work is directly related to the training and experience of its staff.  As a full-time lifeguard, we will help build a career path that further develops you as an Aquatics professional through internal and external trainings and certifications, funded by the Y!  APPLY TODAY!

Schedule:  Varies, but could include some mornings evenings or weekends


Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes camper safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.  


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you. 


Members are the heart of this organization.  They are the reason we exist.  Members are the most important visitors we have, whether they visit by mail, phone or in person.  They are not statistics and always deserve our respect.  No matter what we are hired to do, satisfying members’ needs and wants is everyone’s first and most important responsibility. 


Maintains active surveillance of the pool area.  Be proactive in injury prevention. 

Knows/reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Completes related reports (i.e. incident and accident reports) as required in a timely manner. 

Must present a professional demeanor in proper uniform. 

Active support of our DEIB statement and putting into practice our commitment to equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion.  Continue to think about strategies to support diversity goals of the organization. 

Maintains effective, positive relationships with the members, participants and other staff. 

Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies and guidelines for the waterfront and aquatic area. Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state Health Department code. 

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

Performs regular chemical checks and circulation of pools as needed. 

Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving and during shift. 

Cleans pool deck area when not guarding, as required, and takes appropriate action. 

Attends all staff meetings and in-service training. 

Willingness to accept responsibilities and duties other than those assigned. 


Minimum age of 16 years old.  

Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen.   

Current American Red Cross Lifeguard or equivalent. 

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

Good role model, high integrity and professionalism, and adaptable. 

Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards. 

Committing to support and further our anti-racist work as an organization.  Learning about our initiatives, the continuous work that our organization and staff are working on and being able to vocalize with members if needed. 

Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community. 

Punctual and reliable.   


Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment, including in the water and anywhere around the zone of responsibility. Remain alert with no lapses of consciousness.  

Meet strength and lifting requirements.  

See and observe all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility.  

 The WSYMCA rewards dedicated employees by offering a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation & holidays, group health with vision & drug prescription, dental & life insurance, paid retirement once vested, YMCA membership, access to child care services, tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunities. 

The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable organization that welcomes all by creating a community that hires individuals of any age, race, gender, religion, heritage, economic circumstance, or physical ability. We focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to ensure all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.  

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