Position Information

Position Information

Department University Life Activities
Alternate Department Description

Mason Recreation

Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position?
Job Category Student Wage / Non-Student Wage
Role (State) Job Title Lifeguard
Working Title Lifeguard
Job Type Part-Time
Position Number WG5543
Recruit Number Staff - 8519
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
Other Location
Pay Band N/A
Salary $9.50 per hour
Web Announcement


Mason Recreation within the Division of University Life invites applications for a Lifeguard position at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Mason Recreation meets the diverse needs and interest of the Mason community by providing programs, services and facilities that are innovative, comprehensive, inclusive, and of unsurpassed quality. Mason Recreation creates an atmosphere that encourages individuals to develop lifelong involvement in recreational, fitness and wellness activities through both structured and informal opportunities that meet the dynamic needs of our diverse community. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life for the Mason community by fostering leaders, encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting learning, and developing meaningful social interactions.


Responsible for everyday operational tasks at the pools in the Aquatic and Fitness Center under the supervision and direction of the Aquatic Director, Aquatic and Safety Coordinator, or Head Lifeguard. Responsible for lifeguarding, participant safety, maintaining skills, and working at various aquatic facilities as needed.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Lifeguarding, scanning assigned zone of protection, rule enforcement, and proper rotation. Providing safety assistance, rescues, emergency actions, and first aid when necessary according to Mason Recreation, designated aquatic risk management, and lifeguarding entity’s training and protocol;
  • Monitors participants and users of the facility;
  • Provides the highest attention to safety for participants, self, and fellow employees;
  • Follows all established protocol for biohazard materials;
  • Reports to work well-rested and physically able to perform lifeguard duties;
  • Follows all aquatic facility rules and protects self from harm;
  • Immediately reports any hazardous conditions to supervisor including inability to properly scan zone due to weather or other conditions;
  • Will maintain minimum number of in-service hours required by Mason Recreation, and meet minimum standards for both independent and internal performance audits;
  • Will clean and police grounds, pool deck, and bath house facilities;
  • May assist with accident reports, chemical level testing and reporting, answering phones, communicating with the public, facility inspections, and pool vacuuming;
  • May assist with teaching, coaching or assisting with lessons, swim team, and other programs and special events at location in accordance with the designated swim lesson and water adjustment program guidelines and protocol;
  • Provides for the supervision and safe operation of all aquatic programs based on Mason Recreation, and designated aquatic risk management, and lifeguarding entity’s training and protocol;
  • May be responsible for answering phones and communicating with public;
  • Assists with maintaining clean facility, grounds, deck, and bath houses;
  • May assist with water testing, third-party accident reports, program registration and class lists, and swim lesson records; and
  • Will at all times adhere to department policy and procedure at aquatic location.

The list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time-to-time.



  • Active and valid American Red Cross (or similar) Lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid Certification required;
  • Ability to communicate effectively; customer service and people-oriented; and ability to follow established procedures, policies and protocol.

Independent Judgment:
Established policies and procedures to control actions. Independent judgment is utilized when there are no available policies and procedures; errors in judgment may cause serious risk and significant liability. Required to exercise good judgment in the areas of aquatic safety. This position will require an individual who is able to make quick, concise and correct decisions that may affect the health, safety and well-being of pool patrons and staff. This position will work under the supervision of the Aquatic Director, Aquatic and Safety Coordinator, or Head Lifeguard.

Working Conditions:
Lifeguards are assigned to the aquatic facility as a primary work location in a standard aquatic facility environment including pool deck, pool, and locker rooms. Work hours will include mornings, evening, holidays, and weekends. The incumbent will be expected to travel to various locations on occasion for work-related activities or training.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number WG5543 at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: February 6, 2018
Posting Date 01/23/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly?
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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement

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Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
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