Apply for the lifeguard position by completing the following steps:
Take an American Red Cross (or equivalent) Lifeguard training class (multiple sessions offered Dec. - April).
Learn more about the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training class.
Apply online for the Seasonal Lifeguard position.
Job will be posted in early 2014. Applications are typically due in late April.
Take the lifeguard swim test.
2014 test days and times TBA.
You must pass all portions of the swim test requirements. Results will be provided on site at completion of test.
Make an appointment to complete your pre-employment processing.
All lifeguard applicants are required to take a pre-employment drug screening test. The Chicago Park District does not knowingly employ anyone who is currently using drugs.
All applicants that are 17 and over will be fingerprinted before being hired.
You are required to attend a separate processing to complete the hiring process, this information will be available after completion of the test. COMPLETION OF THE PRE-EMPLOYMENT PROCESSING IS REQUIRED BEFORE YOU CAN BE ASSIGNED TO A LOCATION.
FOR FORMER LIFEGUARDS ONLY:
Pass the Former Lifeguard Academy Review
2014 dates and times TBA
You must pass all the requirements of the Former Lifeguard Academy Review. Pass/fail information will be provided on site at completion of academy.
Sign up for an interview time (at the Former Lifeguard Academy)
Please note, spots for former lifeguards are filled on a first come, first served basis. Every attempt is made to assign all former lifeguards before the new lifeguard candidates are assigned. At completion of the interview, viable candidates will be offered a position.
FOR NEW LIFEGUARDS ONLY:
Pass the New Lifeguard Academy
2014 dates and times TBA
You must pass all requirements of the New Lifeguard Academy. Pass/fail information will be provided on site.
Attend the New Lifeguard Academy Closing Ceremony (date TBA).
Attend your interview appointment.
You'll receive your certificate with a designated interview appointment at the New Lifeguard Closing Ceremony. Appointments are assigned based on candidate rankings. New lifeguard candidates are ranked according to their performance on the testing requirements and are assigned based on that ranking. This includes swim times and water skills and all the material covered and reviewed in the New Lifeguard Academy.
At completion of the interview, viable candidates will be offered a position based on availability.
New lifeguard candidates should have a thorough knowledge of indoor pool, outdoor pool and beach locations and travel routes and options.
THE FOLLOWING APPLIES TO ALL LIFEGUARD APPLICANTS:
Applicants must pass all pre-employment testing and requirements before an assignment for employment can be offered.
If an applicant is offered an assignment and they chose not to accept that assignment for any reason, they have the option of refusing employment or requesting to be placed on a decline list. After all eligible applicants have been offered a position; the applicants on the decline list will be offered any remaining positions. Specific location requests cannot be accommodated.
Please note, that there may be no openings at alternate locations available during the season. If that is the case, the lifeguard applicant, if they apply for the following season, must pass all swim test requirements and also attend the New Lifeguard Academy.
Applicants hired are expected to work the summer season, which ends on Labor Day. Applicants who resign their position prior to Labor Day MUST provide documentation for the early resignation.
Applicants are evaluated on job performance, including attendance and are rehired based on these evaluations. ALL hired employees must review and sign their evaluations every pay day.
Employees MUST submit Leave Requests when time off is needed and MUST provide documentation for the leave. Accumulating more than 24 hours of unexcused absence will affect future employment.
For questions, please contact the Chicago Park District Aquatics office at 312.742.5121.