Lifeguard I

Competition Number: 2024-09

Job Title: Lifeguard I

Department: Aquatics- Parks, Facilities and Recreation

Employment Type: Casual

Salary: $26.59/hr

Posted Date: March 1, 2024

Closing Date: July 31, 2024

Last Updated Date: March 4, 2024, 8:25

Status: Open




Posted March 01, 2024

The City of Fernie is inviting applications for the position of Lifeguard/Instructor I. This position is casual with no guarantee of hours, and is required to work weekdays, weekends, and evenings. Reporting to the Aquatics Supervisor and the Manager of Parks and Recreation, the Lifeguard / Instructor I, promotes education to the public about water safety on or near the water, and ensures proper behaviour standards are maintained by the participants. Assists in the development of a wide range of aquatic services and programs. Performs lifeguarding, instructional, and janitorial tasks related to the operation of the Aquatic Centre.


Principal responsibilities include ensuring the safety, protection, and enjoyment of those engaged in activities in or out of the water at the Aquatic Centre, assisting in the development of a wide range of aquatic services and programs, performs lifeguarding, instructional and janitorial tasks related to the operation of the Aquatic Centre. 


  • Supervises and controls aquatic activity, acting as a lifeguard.
  • Makes rescues and provides aid to patrons in accordance with established procedures and completes reports as required.
  • Enforces the rules and regulations of the Aquatic Centre and ensures that all safety and behavioral standards are maintained by participants.
  • Ensures that safety, hygiene and cleanliness standards and practices are maintained.
  • Instructs a variety of swim and water safety lessons and maintains related participant records.
  • Responds to customer inquires and deals with patrons tactfully and courteously.
  • Leads activities, special events and games during public swim sessions and theme days.
  • Conducts water tests as required and adjusts water chemical levels as directed to ensure a safe and comfortable balance for patrons.
  • Prepares and submits records and reports as required.
  • Performs janitorial tasks and other duties as assigned.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


  • Current National Lifeguard Service Award
  • Current Lifesaving Swim Instructor
  • Current Standard First Aid Certification or equivalent
  • Current CPR Level C Certification


  • Must be able to maintain pleasant and effective relations with the public and employees of the City, even in adverse conditions.
  • Must have knowledge of the prescribed standards for the Lifesaving Society, insofar as their programs and services deal with the Aquatic Centre.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of water rescue, first aid and resuscitation methods and must be able to perform these necessary skills as required.
Contact Information:

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Position will be open until suitable candidates are found. Employment for this position will be casual, with no guarantee of hours. The wage rate will be $26.59/hour. Salary and benefits will be in accordance with current CUPE contract. Please submit detailed applications containing cover letter, resume and references to: 

Jacquie Hill, Manager of Parks and Recreation

250 Pine Ave, PO Box 190, Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

The City of Fernie strives to ensure that its employment practices are free from direct and indirect discrimination and is committed to upholding the human rights of those participating in the hiring process. In pursuit of this commitment, City of Fernie will not condone or tolerate any acts of discrimination or harassment under any of the grounds protected under human rights legislation. This commitment extends to the hiring process and throughout the course of employment.


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