Aquatic Specialist I/Lifeguard I Job at Vacaville, Solano County, California

Aquatic Specialist I/Lifeguard I

City of Vacaville , California

Job Information 


Parks and Recreation

Entry Level


$14.60 - $16.10 Hourly

Application Deadline 


04/05/2021 05:30 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Vacaville is accepting applications  for Aquatic Specialists 
in the Parks & Recreation Department. Come join the fun!

An Aquatic Specialist/Lifeguard I is an entry level position in which incumbents are responsible for the safety and general welfare of the public at the Walter Graham Aquatic Center and will provide instruction in swimming and a variety of water fitness courses, in addition to lifeguard duties.
Typical duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Maintaining order and enforcing established rules and safety procedures; 
  • Scanning designated swim area constantly to ensure patron safety;
  • Making frequent facility checks and maintaining facility cleanliness; 
  • Performing First Aid and CPR techniques, in addition to water rescue and safety procedures; 
  • Instructing and interacting with aquatic program participants of all ages; 
  • Performing facility and equipment set-up, take-down and general housekeeping; 
  • Opening and closing facilities; 
  • Performing reception, cashiering, cash handling and recordkeeping duties as required; and 
  • Attending mandatory in-service trainings.
The distinction between the classifications, Aquatic Specialist and Lifeguard, is related to the seasonal position which is outlined below:
  • Aquatic Specialists may work on a year-round basis; a maximum of 129 hours per month.
  • Lifeguards may work only during the summer season (April 1-September 30); a maximum of 40 hours per week.

Aquatic Specialist/Lifeguard positions are at-will, are not eligible for health or retirement benefits, and do not accrue leave time with the exception of state mandated sick leave (24 hours per year).

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Education:   None required.
Experience:  None required. Six (6) months of experience in an aquatics environment as a competitive swimmer, lifeguard or swim instructor is desirable.
Certification: Must possess and maintain the following American Red Cross certifications:

  • Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer*
  • Title 22 First Aid for Public Safety Personnel certification within 12 months of hire
Desirable Certifications:
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) or equivalent
  • Title 22 First Aid for Public Safety Personnel

Certification requirements are a condition of initial and continued employment.

Must be at least 15 years of age by time of employment.

High school students under the age of 18 are required to obtain a work permit from their school district as a condition of initial and continued employment, until they reach the age of 18 or graduate.


*Applicants with expired lifeguard certificates that are still within their recertification grace period (120 days) are encouraged to apply. The City of Vacaville will provide those who have passed the selection process an online provisional recertification class and certificate. The employee will then have 120 days to complete and pass their in-person skills and lifeguard exam, at which time they will receive a valid 2-year Lifeguard Certificate. Class will be held based on current county, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines. 




A completed City of Vacaville Employment Application, Supplemental Questionnaire and certification, if applicable, must be received by the Human Resources Department at 650 Merchant Street, Vacaville, CA 95688 prior to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 5th, 2021.  

***Applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring department on a continuous basis.***

IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email.  Make sure you list a current email that you check regularly with your application.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online at  Application packets may also be requested in person at the Human Resources Department or by calling (707) 449-5101.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application packet.

For ADA information and other Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

Applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment must provide a valid TB certificate and successfully complete the pre-placement process for this position before a final offer will be extended.  Pre-placement assessments for this position include a Livescan (FBI/DOJ fingerprint review), medical exam and drug screen.  


650 Merchant St

Vacaville, CA 95687