Per Diem Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Job at San Mateo, San Mateo County, California

Per Diem Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

City of San Mateo , California

Job Information 


Parks and Recreation

Entry Level


$16.97 - $17.81 Hourly

Application Deadline 

Until filled

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


City of San Mateo/Aquatics Program



Salary:  $16.97 - $17.81 (depending on experience and certifications)


Must be at least 15 years old and have the ability to obtain a work permit, if under the age of 18.  Applicants must have completed and passed the Lifeguard Training class that includes CPR, FPR, and AED by June 1, 2021. WSI (water safety instructor) is highly recommended.

To Apply: 

Submit an official City of San Mateo application on-line on 


Submit an official City of San Mateo application to San Mateo Senior Center 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403

All applicants must answer the following Supplemental question: “Did a current City of San Mateo employee refer you to this job?”  “If yes, please provide their name.”

This recruitment is open until filled and application materials will be screened on a continuous basis.  First review of applications for the 1st round of interviews will be on May 2, 2021.  

For additional information:  Contact Carolyn Shavel at 650 522-7495 or by email:


  • Interviews will be held May 4-7

Lifeguard Job Responsibilities:

  • The primary responsibility of a lifeguard is to protect lives by using his or her skills to prevent injury among patrons.  This duty does not only include rescuing drowning victims or administering CPR and first aid.  Being alert and proactive also helps to prevent dangerous situations from ever occurring in the first place.
  • Enforcing the rules fairly and consistently is a close second major duty and could even be considered to be a part of patron surveillance.  Help the patrons to keep themselves safe by monitoring and putting an end to dangerous behaviors.  These can include running on slippery surfaces or roughhousing around the pool area.
  • Maintenance and cleaning tasks are also part of the lifeguard duties.  These can include monitoring chemical levels in the pool, picking up trash and organizing equipment, or inspecting the facility for unsafe conditions.

Swim Instructor Job Responsibilities:

  • The swim instructor is responsible for instructing all swim lesson participants.
  • This position is also responsible for the safety of the participant in their own class.
  • Work hours as scheduled which includes beginning and ending class on time; remaining after class to answer participant and/or parent questions as needed and clean up supplies.
  • Instructs and evaluates students participating in swim lessons.
  • Submits completed report cards, skills sheets, and attendance information on time.        

Fine Print

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a Department of Justice (DOJ) & FBI fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment.

The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms, and conditions of employment. The City of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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Special Instructions

All applicants must answer the following Supplemental question: “Did a current City of San Mateo employee refer you to this job?”  “If yes, please provide their name.”

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: 


Contact email:



330 W 20th Avenue

San Mateo, CA 94401