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Aquatics Specialist (Hourly)

Company: City of Modesto, CA
Location: Modesto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

THE POSITION Benefits Supplemental Questions

This is an hourly position, limited to working approximately 1000 hours annually. This position is non-benefitted and is designated as a non-classified, at-will position.

The City of Modesto is currently recruiting for an Aquatics Specialist to join our team. The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department works closely with the community providing programming to youth, seniors and all citizens. As a department, we take our work seriously, but try not to take ourselves too seriously. We strive to foster a collaborative and collegial atmosphere among staff while providing high quality programs, activities and events to the community and neighborhoods. We take pride in offering excellent community service while remaining adaptable and responsive to our residents' needs and expectations.

This position is responsible to plan, organize, direct and supervise staff at an aquatic program in an assigned swimming pool(s) and implementing and coordinating all aspects of specific programs, including meeting the program objectives.

Screening Process

Applicants will be assessed on the application materials submitted. Due to the volume of applications received, resumes will not be screened for the purpose of determining who is most qualified to compete in the testing process. It is the applicant's responsibility to fill out the "Education", "Work Experience" and "Supplemental Questions" sections of their application with complete information and adequate detail. Do not substitute any part of the application form with the words "SEE RESUME."

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be placed on an eligible list and invited to a selection interview with the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department.

Human Resources reserves the right to revise the testing process to best meet the needs of the City.

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS: Essential and other important responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

Create, plan, organize and oversee all daily activities and special events of assigned pool.

Maintain an efficient and safe environment for all on-site staff and pool patrons; follow

accepted lifesaving practices and standards.

Oversee all on-site staff and volunteers to ensure that staff carries out assigned duties.

Meet program goals and objectives as well as collecting and maintaining relevant statistical records and data.

Ensure all record keeping, reports, testing and all paperwork is completed correctly and submitted on time following established guidelines.

Ensure daily completion of pool opening and closing procedures are observed.

Act in capacity of pool lifeguard and swim instructor.

Maintain on-site security and safety.

Ensure that all staff and volunteers adhere to all City and Program rules and guidelines and provides necessary discipline and accurate records of all incidents.

Maintain a safe and clean swimming pool environment.

Perform other program-related duties as assigned.

Ensure facilities and equipment is maintained in safe condition; issue and control equipment and supplies.

Assist with orientation meetings for part-time staff; assist with training part-time staff; and work with part-time staff.

Assist in scheduling specific program hours and schedule and assign staff to provide program coverage, including contacting off-duty employees to make necessary adjustments in schedules.

Provide reliable customer service while promoting facility programs.

Monitor and coach assigned staff ensuring all rules, policies and procedures are enforced; follow up on problems and complaints.

Marginal Functions:

Perform other duties as assigned.


Practices and techniques to achieve favorable public relations and appearance that projects a positive image.

Principles and practices of lifeguarding and water safety.

First Aid, CPR, and emergency medical methods and procedures.

Proper pool supervision techniques.

Light pool maintenance and pool water chemistry.

Water safety instructions.

Light custodial maintenance techniques.

Ability to:

Accommodate flexible work schedule, which may include evenings, weekdays, weekends and holidays.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Perform water rescue if necessary.

Learn City and Service Area Methods, rules, policies, ordinances and requirements.

Maintain timely and accurate reports.

Learn the operation of various computer software programs.

Understand, carry out and assign oral and written directions.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.

Develop favorable public relations and maintain an appearance that projects a positive image.

Think and react clearly, quickly and accurately in emergencies.

Lift and carry heavy objects; run forward, backward and laterally.

Demonstrate beginning through advanced swim strokes and lifesaving techniques.

Travel from worksite to worksite as needed.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Six (6) months part-time experience as a Lifeguard, Swim Instructor or closely related experience.


Ability to read and write at a level necessary for acceptable job performance, including the ability to follow and to interpret written instructions and to perform basic arithmetic.


Possession of an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate within six (6) months of appointment.

Possession of a Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Certificate within six (6) months of appointment.

American Red Cross Title 22 Certificate within one (1) year of appointment.

NOTE: Based on department approval, equivalent certifications may be accepted.

Failure to obtain any of the required certificates within the prescribed time may result in release from probation or termination.

Additional Requirements:

Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

May require some holiday and evening work assignments.

NOTE: If hired, you will be required to be fingerprinted at time of appointment, in compliance with Section 10911-5 of the Education Code and Section 5164 of the Public Resources Code. In addition, it is the City's policy to not hire individuals convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude, including, but not limited to:

  • an offense involving conduct requiring registration pursuant to Penal Code Section 290 (sex offender); an offense involving sexual misconduct with children; an offense involving prostitution (including solicitation).
  • or an offense involving conduct requiring registration pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 11590 (controlled substance offenders) or any felony offense involving drugs (including possession, sale, distribution, transporting or conspiracy).
  • or a felony offense involving the use of force and violence upon a person or another, or a misdemeanor offense for same within the last five (5) years.


Mobility: frequent standing or sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending or squatting. Lifting: frequent lifting up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 50 pounds. Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision. Dexterity: frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching. Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and talking. Emotional/ Psychological: frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone. Environmental: frequent exposure to noise.

Working Conditions:

Conditions will vary depending on assignment. Functions will be performed in a typical outdoor environment with significant sun exposure and warm weather conditions. Functions will cause exposure to light chemical substances such as chlorine and recreation-related field noise. Positions required weekend work, some overtime, and travel is rare.

Keywords: City of Modesto, CA, Modesto , Aquatics Specialist (Hourly), Other , Modesto, California

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