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  • Camp Lifeguard & Swim Instructor

    Job Location US-CT-Hartford
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    ESF Dream Camp at Trinity College
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Targeted Job End Date
    Seasonal Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    The Lifeguard & Swim Instructor is responsible for teaching swimming lessons, guarding the pool during open swimming, and ensuring the safety of all people in the pool area.

    Position Objective/Purpose

    We are seeking motivated team members who believe deeply in the organization’s mission and who display a record of achievement in effective supervision & management of youth as it pertains to this position. Candidates must be capable of lifeguarding, teaching swimming, building positive relationships, and ensuring the safety and well-being of people of all ages.

    Position Scope Factors

    ESF Lifeguard/Swim Instructors are not required to have a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification to teach swim lessons. If hired, Aquatic Team members are trained on ESF’s swimming levels prior to the start of camp.


    Housing is available at the Trinity College location in Hartford, CT, for those who live over 1 hour away. 

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    1. Responsible for lifeguarding and ensuring safety of all people in and out of pool
    2. Enforce all pool rules and regulations
    3. Responsible for supervision of the pool facility
    4. Know and understand each swimming skill level and the skills that are taught
    5. Teach group swim instruction to campers 6-15-years-old that are grouped according to age and swimming ability 
    6. Work effectively with other lifeguards/swim instructors and take turns with various responsibilities
    7. Complete weekly progress reports for all campers
    8. Serve as a positive role model to campers
    9. Follow the ESF Code and maintain the ESF Look at all times
    10. Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
    11. Have fun
    12. Other responsibilities as assigned

    Position Competencies for Success

    1. Understand and support the mission of the organization
    2. Excellent judgment, ability to identify problems and work quickly to find solutions
    3. The ability to work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner
    4. Positive attitude
    5. Commitment to the growth and development of youth
    6. Commitment to producing consistent, high-quality work
    7. Patient, caring and creative
    8. Flexible, adaptive and a Team player
    9. Desire to make a difference in the life of a child

    Experience Requirements

    1. Previous experience working with children, examples include but are not limited to; babysitting, academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant, religious education teacher
    2. Previous lifeguarding experience (preferred)
    3. Previous experience teaching swim lessons (preferred)
    4. Previous camp counselor/lifeguard experience (preferred)

    Certification Requirements

    1. Current American Red Cross Lifeguard and First Aid Certification
    2. Current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification

    *Reimbursement for American Red Cross Lifeguard certification classes, is available if you are hired as a lifeguard and are in good standing at the end of camp. More details can be discussed in the interview process.*

    Education Requirements

    1. Minimum of 17 years of age
    2. High School Student

    Other Skill Requirements

    1. Outstanding communication skills which include the ability to use clear, concise and grammatically correct written and oral language in all aspects of professional interaction with campers, their families, peers, leadership team and the larger community

    Reporting Relationships

    1. Reports to and takes direction from Aquatics Director. May also take direction from and is overall accountable to the Site Director.

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    1. Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of 35lbs
    2. Endurance to work outside and on your feet for 6-8 hours per day
    3. Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running (up to 1 mile in some cases) and climbing stairs.
    4. Good physical condition which enables candidate to execute all responsibilities associated with this position

    ESF, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All candidates who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply!


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