YMCA of Greater Omaha

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YMCA-Charles E Lakin
Job Location 
US-IA-Council Bluffs
Compensation Min 
USD $9.00/Hr.
Compensation Max 

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This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Lifeguards maintain safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck, and surrounding areas. Create a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and promotes safety in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. S/He also builds positive relationships with members and program participants through effective listening and verbal skills and creatively finds ways to connect them to one another and the Y community.


  1. Maintains active surveillance of the pool area
  2. Knows and reviews all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.
  3. Enforces all pool rules and regulations promptly and professionally; notifies the appropriate staff member of any inappropriate behavior
  4. Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, guidelines and program standards for the pool and aquatics area
  5. Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state health department code
  6. Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed
  7. Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving
  8. Assists with the general maintenance and upkeep of the aquatics facility.
  9. Performs chemical testing when not guarding, as required, and takes appropriate action
  10. Identifies and celebrates the successes of members and program participants
  11. Actively participates in department and branch meetings and/or trainings.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned


Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve
others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and
perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s
point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning;
speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to
another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.

Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an
openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


  • Minimum age of 15
  • Current YMCA Lifeguard or equivalent and BLS, first aid, and emergency oxygen administration and maintain while employed.
  • Ability to maintain certification-level physical and mental readiness
  • Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards
  • Ability to work independently with attention to detail required
  • Complete within 30 days of hire and must be kept current while employed:
    1. Child Abuse Prevention Training
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of
    the community and successful clearance of background check.


  • Recreational environment; aquatics facility. While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, speak clearly, hear and use hands and fingers.
  • The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, reach with hands or arms, stoop, kneel, crouch and/or move a maximum of 25 lbs.
  • Intermittent use of pool to instruct participants.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions required.

The YMCA of Greater Omaha is an Equal Opportunity Employer.