Job Description

The Los Cerritos Family YMCA located in the city of Bellflower is looking for a part time Head Lifeguard. Under the supervision of the Aquatics Director, Head Lifeguard will maintain safe swimming conditions on the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. Supports the aquatics coordinator and director with administrative and safety tasks. Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.

This is a part time opportunity with up to 28hrs/per week work schedule. 

Essential Functions:

1. Maintains constant surveillance of the pool area.

2.Knows/reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Completes related reports as required.

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

4.Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.

5.Be rescue ready at all times when on deck and during scheduled work hours.

6.Ensure scheduled shift is covered at all times.

7.Scheduling, monitoring logbooks, running drills, and logging safety records.

8.Conduct and monitor all swim tests prior to participants engaging in pool activities.

9.Perform equipment checks and ensure appropriate equipment is available as needed.

10.Check the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving.

11.Provide emergency care and treatment as necessary and until medical professionals arrive.

12.Perform chemical testing at appropriate times of the day, as required, and takes appropriate action.

13.Perform pool opening and closing procedures training is provided.

14.Responsible for scheduling classes, completing program paperwork, scheduling lifeguards, supervising Lifeguards when requested, and may act as the Director in their absence.

15.Ability to conduct lifeguard instruction training.

16.Attend all staff meetings, trainings, and other YMCA functions as required by Supervisor.

17.Maintain open lines of communication with participants, coaches, referees, staff, and supervisors.

18.Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Over 18 years of age preferred.
  • Must be currently attending high school or equivalent or have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Current lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross, including First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and AED are required and must be maintained and kept in a current status.
  • Current trainer certification for relevant aquatics training needed by the organization.
  • Must pass a pre-employment practicum and written exam.
  • Be able to perform all requirements for lifeguard certification and demonstrate skills as required (example: in-service training)
  • Criminal clearance including fingerprints
  • Health screening with negative TB and negative drug test screening.
  • Complete all required online training(s)
  • Public relations skills and/or experience working with a diverse population desired.
  • Ability to use computers, pay attention to detail and follow through on administrative tasks.
  • Two or more years of experience working as a lifeguard in an aquatics facility required.

YMCA Competencies (Leader):
Mission and Community Oriented: Accepts and demonstrates YMCA values. Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions and perceptions. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them.
People Oriented: Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.
Results Oriented: Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another.
Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Supports fundraising. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately.
Personal Development Oriented: Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths
and limitations and how they impact relationships. Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process.


We are looking for a Head Lifeguard who demonstrate a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Building rapport and relating to the members is important. The YMCA staff strive to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for our members. We embrace new approaches and discovering ideas on how to create a better experience for our participants. If this sounds like a job for you please apply for this position!

Part-Time Perks!
Fitness Membership – Receive a free fitness membership that allows access to all of our association facilities.
Program Discounts – Get 20% off all Y programs, including childcare, personal training, swim lessons, and sports.
Fun Express Discounts – Get major discounts on amusement parks and local attractions just by being employed at the Y!
Y Retirement – Based on hours worked, employees are eligible for our 12% employer-funded retirement plan after two years of service with immediate vesting.
403(B) Account – All employees can make contributions to retirement benefits through a 403(b) savings plan right from the start of employment.
Sick Pay – Employees that work 30+ days within 12 months are eligible for sick pay after 90 days of employment.
EAP – Get 24/7 confidential access to resources and counseling services through our Employee Assistance Program.
Cool Coworkers – When you join our team you get the ability to work with creative, talented, and diverse individuals!
Referral Bonus – Get a $200 referral bonus for referring a qualifying individual for a valid opening, part time or full time. Referred individual must be on payroll for 2months.