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The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area Lifeguard / Swim Instructor in Dorchester, Massachusetts


The Salvation Army is hiring and offers the following benefit package to part-time employees:

  • Generous paid time off every year that includes: holidays, vacation time and sick time

  • Employer funded Pension Plan (company contributions begin after 1 year of employment and consistently works 20+ hours/week)

  • Eligibility for supplemental insurance plans including: Voluntary Term Life & AD&D benefits, AFLAC Insurance

  • Most importantly – a job with a good purpose!

  • Position Title

    Lifeguard and Swim Instructor


  • Responsible to

    Aquatic Manager (in the absence of Aquatic Manager: Aquatics Lead)

  • Education/Certification Requirements

  • American Red Cross Certification in Lifeguard and CPR/AED/FA for the Professional Rescuer.

  • Willingness to complete Park Lifeguarding course

  • Meet The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Boston skill standards

  • Be dependable, alert and able to interact with people of all ages and from varying backgrounds in a positive manner.

  • American Red Cross Certification Water Safety Instructor

  • Principle Functions

    The Lifeguard/Swim Instructor is responsible for the safety of patrons and the aquatics facility as well as teaching water fitness learns to swim, and private swim lessons.

  • Work Experience

    Must have experience as a certified lifeguard and instructor

  • Other Qualifications

  • Must be able to work in an office/pool with professional staff consisting of individuals with varying experience, competency and cultural backgrounds.

  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Applications and/or appropriate desktop applications.

  • Must have the ability to work and relate well with people.

  • Must be able to read, write and communicate in English.

  • Must be able to function in a fast-paced, frequently changing environment

  • Must have a Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor Certification

  • Water Exercise Instructor Certification

  • Have ability to instruct a classroom of adults, adolescent, and child learners consisting of individuals with varying experience, competency, and cultural backgrounds.

  • Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure patron safety at all times.

  • Be prepared to act quickly and correctly at all times, especially in times of emergency.

  • Create a positive experience for students/patrons through professional and courteous behavior.

  • Follow the facilities Emergency Action Plan accordingly in the event of an emergency.

  • Provide safety for patrons by educating them of the rules and policies in a positive polite way.

  • Participate in in-service training, orientations and other staff meetings as required.

  • Promote safe work habits and contribute to the safety of self, co-workers, and the general public.

  • Complete applicable reports and records.

  • Assume a schedule of flexible working hours, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.

  • Be familiar with all schedules and any posted changes for the facility

  • See that all injuries for those under your program whether employee, volunteer, visitor, or spectator, report all injuries in a timely manner and according to procedure.

  • Instruct and certify groups/ individuals of adults and children in swimming and water safety.

  • Teach by the guidelines of the Red Cross & Adaptive Aquatics.

  • Maintain a posture of alertness at all times, staying within your designated area of responsibility.

  • Maintain surveillance at all times. Do not take eyes off pool.

  • Wear the required uniform at all times while on duty.

  • Red shorts

  • Water appropriate footwear

  • Head Lifeguard T-shirt issued by Aquatic Center

  • Whistle

  • Rescue Tube and Two-Way Radio (provided by the Aquatic Center)

  • No hats or sunglasses

  • Be on time for your shift and after breaks or down shifts.

  • Must complete Keep SAfe trainings

  • Represent The Salvation Army’s spiritual and social mission

  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including occasional cleaning.

    Skills :

  • General: Effective verbal and written communication, ability to multi-task, ability to follow instructions and complete tasks in a safe and effective manner. Must be able to adhere to safe aquatic practices, deal comfortably with stressful situations, and follow emergency procedures.

  • The person in this position must have the ability to interact with co-workers and the public in a positive, professional manner in conformity with The Salvation Army Mission Statement. They must be able to work with people of diverse backgrounds and circumstances. Must be able to exercise good judgment and be comfortable taking initiative with projects.

    Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to perform tasks of a repetitive nature without diminished performance.

  • Must be able to bend, squat, twist, and stand, as these movements are a regular requirement of this position.

  • Must be physically able to give emergency care if a situation arises.

    The Salvation Army’s Mission Statement

    The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


    Flexibility and a cooperative spirit are crucial characteristics of the individual who holds this important position. The Salvation Army reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. It is expected that each employee will be familiar with The Salvation Army Handbook for Employees. Questions regarding its contents can be directed toward the Human Resource Department or Immediate Supervisor.

Job LocationsUS-MA-Dorchester

Job ID 2021-7893

Category Aquatics

Type Regular Part-Time