YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Outdoor Lifeguard

Job Location US-MO-Parkville
Req No.
Location Site
Platte Co. Community Center South
Minimum Salary
USD $14.50/Hr.
Midpoint Salary
USD $15.00/Hr.
Position Hours
Variety of Shifts Available
Location : Location


A Y lifeguard monitors the safety of members and visitors within the pool areas while upholding the Y's core values. 

Starting at $14.50/hr

PAID Lifeguard Training
$150 Sign-On Bonus*


Become a Lifeguard AND Swim Lesson Instructor, earn $15/hr!
Let us know in your application/interview if you are interested in both positions.
No prior experience required.


Other YMCA employment benefits: 

  • Ongoing training and recertification  
  • Free YMCA membership to all YMCA centers
  • Flexible schedules
  • Opportunities for career advancement


*Sign On Bonus is for new associates and is paid in two increments after the first paycheck.



The YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. It’s who we are, who we aspire to be and how we show up every day. We are cause-driven. We don’t just show up, we show up with purpose. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  • Models the core values of Caring, Honest, Respect and Responsibility; implements character development and the YMCA core values in all programs and all aspects of center operations.

  • Continuously scan the pool (every 10 seconds), whirlpool and sauna areas, checking for safe conditions.
  • Must maintain high level of alertness at all times.
  • Staff may be videotaped for safety audit purposes and ongoing training.
  • Will be required to complete 2 hours of in-service training a month.
  • Position may require environment changes (outdoor to indoor, humid environments).
  • Will be required to participate in ongoing training that will be held during operational hours (operational mannequin drops, pool safety checks, CPR checks).
  • Enforce all posted rules and any other rules that are required to ensure the safety of all participants.
  • Must constantly watch the pool and have a rescue tube, whistle, emergency button, and supplemental oxygen barrier mask ready and available at all times, actively scanning 10 x 10. Lifeguard is not to do secondary duties in place of scanning their zone of protection.
  • Make sure that the pool deck is free of clutter and perform all maintenance duties assigned by Aquatic Director.
  • Test pool chemical levels and report changes to Aquatics Director immediately.
  • Fill out all Y accident and incident reports completely and turn into the Aquatics Director.
  • Responsible for opening and closing procedures.
  • Responsible for maintaining the continuity of lap swim and moving participants accordingly.
  • Must be able to be a team player with all staff.
  • Must notify appropriate staff of any unsafe conditions, needed repairs, complaints, accidents, or injuries immediately.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must have a current nationally recognized Lifeguard Certification, such as the following, or be willing to achieve certification:
    • YMCA Lifeguard 6th ED
    • ARC (American Red Cross)
    • Starguard
    • Jeff Ellis and Associates (special facilities or deep water)
    • Boy Scouts of America
  • Must have current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen from one of the following organizations or be willing to achieve certification.
    • American Health and Safety Institute
    • Emergency Care and Safety Institute
    • American Red Cross
  • Able to pass a physical competency consisting of the following:
    • Tread water for 2 minutes.
    • Swim 250 yards without stopping using a variety of specific strokes.
    • Swim to the bottom of a 9-12 foot pool.
    • Sprint 25 yards, retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool, tread water with the object for 1 minute, climb out of the pool without using a ladder or other assistance.
    • Perform 100 chest compressions on a mannequin.
  • Perform pass and rescue skills.
  • Able to work with diverse groups of people in a friendly and consistent manner.
  • Sensitivity to individuals representing a variety of family, cultural, and socio-economic


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