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Lifeguard (Midtown)  

About the Organization YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.

The mission of YWCA Minneapolis is eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our vision is to be the most trusted and effective change agent in the journey to eliminate racism and sexism in our community.

We are a trusted social justice organization with a 130+ year history of advocacy for women and children. More than 30,000 people in our community are served every year by YWCA Minneapolis, through award-winning programs, classes, and workshops.

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day for:
• Race and gender equity
• Economic independence for women
• Respect for diverse cultures
• Children and youth who thrive
• A community that is vibrant and healthy

Category Health & Wellness  



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JOB SUMMARY: Recognize and respond effectively to all emergency situations and customer service needs in the aquatics facility.  Supervise, control, and help maintain the pool area to prevent accidents. Assist swimmers with emergencies and customer service needs to create a welcoming, safe environment for all patrons. The position is under the supervision of Aquatics Coordinator.



  • Recognize and respond effectively to all emergency situations.
  • Supervise, control and maintain pool area to prevent accidents.
  • Monitor patrons in the pool area for infractions of aquatics safety guidelines and code of conduct.
  • Correct infractions of patrons by informing them of rules and the desired behavior in the pool area through a firm but friendly manner.
  • Perform proper lifeguarding skills and operate lifesaving equipment in an emergency situation.
  • Report major rule violations, emergencies, and customer concerns to supervisor through incident reports and direct communication (if appropriate).
  • Provide information to patrons in regards to aquatics rules, scheduling, and programming.
  • Execute lifeguard maintenance duties to ensure that the Aquatics Area is clean and safe.
  • Assist with customer service needs and/or refer customer to appropriate staff.



This position reports to the Aquatics Coordinator who reports to the General Manager. The incumbent will interact with Pool Patrons and Aquatics Class Participants.  Critical relationships will include other Lifeguards, Headguards, Instructors, and Coaches.


Position Requirements



  • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification or equivalent
  • Current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification or the equivalent.
  • Must have functional lifeguarding and rescue skills to effectively respond to emergency situations.



  • Able to work at all three YWCA aquatics facilities.
  • Bilingual language in Spanish, Somali, Hmong or Arabic - receive a $1 differential pay increase



  • Must be able to swim 300 yards using front crawl and breaststroke.
  • Must be able to swim 25 yards, surface dive to a depth of at least 9 feet, retrieve a 10-pound diving brick, and return to the starting position still holding the brick in 100 seconds or less.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work in indoor pool environment – warm and humid.


COMPENSATION: Starting at $17.50 per hour


PERK: FREE YWCA Minneapolis Health & Wellness Membership to all three of our sites plus $4 monthly rate for each household members.  


Note: YWCA Minneapolis is a qualified employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)



This job description represents the major functions but is not intended to be all-inclusive

Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background/reference check.  A criminal conviction does not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

YWCA Minneapolis requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing as a condition of employment.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) STATEMENT: YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Salary Starting at $17.50 per hour  
Number of Openings 3  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Midtown YWCA Minneapolis  
EOE Statement YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  
HoursPerWk None Specified 

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