West Cook YMCA


Job Type: Part Time

Category: Aquatics

Compensation: $14-$15 per hour


West Cook YMCA
255 S. Marion St.
Oak Park, Il 60302

Job Description


Under the supervision of the Aquatic Coordinator and the overall direction of the Aquatic Director, the lifeguard is responsible for the safety and well-being of all patrons. Maintains safe swimming conditions in the pool, on deck, and surrounding areas.  Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with the West Cook YMCA policies and procedures.

  1. Responsible for the safety of all individuals by maintaining active surveillance of the pool area during various activities and programs.
  2. Responds immediately to emergency situations accordance with Red Cross and YMCA policies and procedures. Adheres to all guidelines and procedures set in the West Cook YMCA Handbook and Aquatic Manual.
  3. Maintains effective, positive relationships with the members, participants and other staff.
  4. Maintains all certifications required for the position and all other certifications required by Aquatic Director when needed.
  5. Performs equipment checks, chemical testing, and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.
  6. All other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Job Requirements


Values: Demonstrates in word and action the Y’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and a commitment to the Y’s mission, in all matters at all times.  

Quality Results: Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences. 

Functional Expertise: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.  

Relationships: Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y’s work.  

Developing Others: Recognizes and acts on the need to continually develop others’ capabilities to attain the highest level of performance possible. 

  1. Minimum age of 16.
  2. Certifications: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen or ability to obtain prior to starting
  3. Current YMCA/ American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or equivalent.
Physical Demands:
  • 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.
  • Must be able to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • See and observe all sections of an assigned zone or area of responsibility.
  • Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
  • Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
  • Able to walk, stand, and sit alertly for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
  • Exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids.
  • Exposure to humidity/warm temperature.


 The West Cook YMCA is an equal opportunity employer

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