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Pennsylvania State University Part Time - Student - Lifeguard in Altoona, Pennsylvania


  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process (https://pennstateoffice365.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/KnowledgeBaseArticlesSharing/EfiwgKReZ4VAjprFZPKWUm0Bq_sU3KzTmERfpryq0esPKQ) . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.

  • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process. (https://pennstateoffice365.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/KnowledgeBaseArticlesSharing/Eeys15Xva4hFokHVtbP1eGIB5i1WFLc-J3k9KHgrFYZ7mg) Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.

  • If you are NOT a current employee or student, please click “Apply” and complete the application process for external applicants (https://hr.psu.edu/sites/hr/files/Application_Process_for_External_Applications_Non-Penn_State_Employees_.pdf) .


Job Duties

  • Supervise the entire pool area with a focus on prevention, thus ensuring the safety and well-being of all patrons.

  • Enforce all rules in a positive and professional manner.

  • Respond to all pool area related emergencies.

  • Care for (as the first responder) all injuries, sudden illnesses, and other medical related emergencies. Administer water rescue, CPR, or first aid as dictated by the emergency.

  • Work under the direct supervision of the Director of Recreation, and will also be required to follow directives of the Head Swimming Coach.

  • Reports directly to the Assistant Director of Recreation or facility supervisor in the evenings after 6:00 p.m.

  • Attendance is required for scheduled mandatory training and/or evaluation sessions as directed by the department.

  • Read, follow, and enforce rules and guidelines found in the Lifeguard Handbook, Check and document water chemistry (Chlorine and Ph levels), complete all assigned cleaning tasks (daily shift requirements), answer pool phone and radio, complete all required daily documentation, and attend all in-service meetings and/or skills training as scheduled.

    Requirements and Qualifications

  • Preventative and Proactive lifeguarding is a must.

    Knowledge/skills required: Certifications:

  • Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED, and First Aid (mandatory).

  • Prior lifeguard and/or competitive swimming experience strongly preferred.

  • Physical abilities to perform all expectations of a lifeguard.

  • Ability to quickly respond to all emergency and non-emergency situations in a calm and controlling manner.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.

  • Employment with the University for this job will require successful completion of the Pennsylvania (PA) Publicly Available Clearances: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and the FBI Criminal History Background Check.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here (https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports) .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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Altoona, PA