Organization King County Parks
Location Federal Way, Washington
Job Type Part Time
Application Deadline Apr 23, 2024
King County Parks is currently recruiting for Lifeguards to join their team at the Aquatic Center located in Federal Way WA.

Why this is a great opportunity?
Join our team of skilled Lifeguards and Swim Instructors.  In addition to supporting the local community through recreation programs like Lap Swims, Pubic Swims and Swimming Lessons, you will be supporting national and international events.

About the Role:
Lifeguards are responsible for the supervision and safety of pool users and spectators by educating and promoting habits and attitudes that lead to safe recreation, enforcing safety rules, and responding to emergencies in an appropriate manner.  This position requires the ability to deal courteously and appropriately with the public in a variety of situations.  Individuals must be able to work both independently and as part of an overall staff team.
Lifeguards may be required to work special events, evenings, weekends, and split shifts.

This position performs work onsite.

About the team:
The Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center (WKCAC) maintains an active event schedule.  These all-day competitions include high profile national and international events that have a lasting impact on King County’s image throughout the swimming community.  WKCAC is also serves the local and regional community through team trainings and a full array of recreational programing.

Commitment to Equity, Racial and Social Justice: 
King County, named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a diverse and vibrant community that represents cultures from around the world. Our True North is to create a welcoming community where everyone can thrive.  We prioritize equity, racial and social justice, making it a foundational and daily expectation for all employees. As a Lifeguard, you will actively apply these principles in all aspects of your work. Learn more about our commitment at

Apply now for a rewarding career at Parks and Recreation Division of King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks (DNRP). Join our talented workforce in protecting and restoring the natural environment and promoting more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Enjoy training, comprehensive benefits, and growth opportunities.


Job Duties

What you will be doing:
  • Educate the public in the rules and policies of the King County Aquatic Center.
  • Enforce rules and policies of the King County Aquatic Center.
  • Respond to all emergency situations.
  • Work with other King County employees to provide safe conditions for the public.
  • Report all unsafe situations or conditions to appropriate parties.
  • Report all incidents of damages or injuries using appropriate forms. Complete reports accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Adhere to blood borne pathogen training and safety standards.
  • Promote good relationships with the public and user groups.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to all patrons and staff.
  • Attend scheduled staff training.
  • Wear the designated uniform as stated in the staff manual.


Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Qualifications You Bring:

  • Current American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, Community First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
  • Current Northwest Lifeguard Preparation Course certification.
  • Current Northwest Lifeguard Certification (highly recommended)
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers and to handle difficult situations using discretion, patience, proper etiquette, and professionalism.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to positively interact with a variety of people in a diverse work environment.
  • Knowledge of aquatic programs and safety procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated punctuality, dependability and good work attendance.

Competencies You Bring: 

  • Manages Conflict Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.  
  • Customer Focus Values differences Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Decision Quality – Optimizes work processes Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Instills Trust Interpersonal Savvy Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Optimizes Work Processes Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.

Required Certifications:

  • Must possess Lifeguarding certification from the American Red Cross
  • Passage of a pre-employment water rescue skills test is required before candidates can be hired to work in this position.
    •  Rescue of an active victim without the use of rescue equipment.
    • Recovery of a submerged victim including safe removal from the water and follow-up care based on the condition of the victim.
    • Rescue of a shallow water head, neck, or back injury including securing the victim to a back board and safe removal from the water.
      Candidates will be tested on the above-mentioned skills.



Supplemental Information


Working Conditions:
Work Location: King County Aquatic Center, 650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way WA. 98023

Onsite Work Details:
Work Schedule: The work schedule for this position is flexible and can be varied and event dependent. It may require weekends and late evening work as well as split shifts.  This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.
Union Representation: This position is not represented.

Duration: This recruitment aims to fill open Short-Term Temporary (STT) positions that will staff events and other scheduled use.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to respond to emergency situations.
  • Maintain a minimum of 20/40 vision. Use of corrective lenses is acceptable.
  • Ability to perform duties involving physical labor, such as bending, kneeling, standing, reaching, climbing, stooping, squatting, pushing, and twisting.
  • Ability to perform strenuous activity.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds.

Application and Selection Process:

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants. We value diversity, diverse perspectives and life experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness and alignment with the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills essential for this role to determine which candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.

To apply, submit a complete application. However, please be aware that cover letters, resumes and other documents won’t be considered during minimum qualification screening.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
David Hersey at 206-477-3302

Discover More About King County Parks:
King County Parks is dedicated to stewarding, enhancing, and acquiring parks to inspire healthy communities. With over 205 parks, 175+ miles of regional trails, and 250+ miles of backcountry trails, we strive to provide park amenities that can be enjoyed by King County residents today and for generations to come. We value collaborative partnerships with community organizations and work towards the common goal of creating a vibrant and inclusive park system. Learn more at
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Discover More About DNRP:
Visit our websiteexplore an interactive map of our recent accomplishments, and check us out at FacebookX (formerly Twitter)LinkedInTikTokInstagramYouTube, and Keeping King County Green News

Sign up for Job Alerts to be notified of additional career opportunities with King County. Select the Natural Resources category for DNRP opportunities and explore other categories of interest.  


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Guided by our “True North”, we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles – we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

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