Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: I0009 / Lifeguard
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 05

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Ensures the safety of patrons of an aquatic facility by preventing and responding to emergencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintains constant surveillance of patrons in the facility; acts immediately and appropriately to secure safety of patrons in the event of emergency.
  2. Provides emergency care and treatment as required until the arrival of emergency medical services.
  3. Presents professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintains a high standard of customer service.
  4. Attends and participates in monthly in-service training sessions.
  5. Performs various maintenance duties as directed to maintain a clean and safe facility.
  6. Prepares and maintains appropriate activity reports.
  7. Handles or refers other problems and situations as they arise within the facility.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Less than high school; at least 6 months of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure: Current Certification as Lifeguard by a recognized source of training.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to follow routine verbal and written instructions.
  • Skill in the application of lifeguarding surveillance and rescue techniques.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical skills evaluation as stipulated by the department.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare routine administrative paperwork.
  • Knowledge of CPR and emergency medical procedures.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain Certification as Lifeguard by a recognized source of training.
  • CPR Certified.
  • May be required to submit immunization records for review for required vaccines and TB testing.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires occasional handling and maneuvering of persons in excess of 100 pounds.
  • Work involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks associated with responding to aquatic emergencies
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 10/24/2021