Water Safety Instructor, Pt

City of Oakland
Part Time 94612. Workstations are available during regular business per week $24 - $28 Per hour CA 415 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94607, United States


The Position

***Continuous Recruitment***
Recruitment may close at any time once a sufficient number of applications have been received
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately

The City of Oakland is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity. Oakland has a long history of activism around issues of justice and equity. Both oppression and this resistance to oppression have shaped the city’s historical roots and the lives of its residents to this day. As public servants in one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we strive to develop employees who understand the harm and impacts of systemic inequity to create lasting, meaningful outcomes for everyone. Oakland strives to establish an environment that embraces the richness of culture, community, and individualism of employees.     

Why join the City of Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development Department? 

With an emphasis on Oakland’s youth, the Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development (OPRYD) Department, and its partners will provide best-in-class, relevant, and equitable programs and services, while meeting the specific needs of people and communities both at the neighborhood level and regionally throughout the City of Oakland. We achieve this mission through intentional engagement and by removing the barriers that prohibit equitable opportunities for all. OPRYD believes that communities thrive when they play with a purpose. Our purpose is to Expose, Enlighten, Empower, and Encourage Educational Excellence through recreational experiences. 

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill multiple part-time Water Safety Instructor positions in the Oakland Parks and Recreation Aquatic Centers for both seasonal and year-round employment.  Working hours will vary from week to week.
Water Safety Instructors perform a variety of duties at the City's pools including swimming instruction, coordination of the Water Safety Instruction (WSI) program, and other aquatic activities.
For a list of all OPRYD Pools click   

We are looking for someone who is:
  • Customer service oriented. You have a reputation for providing exceptional customer service, going above and beyond to meet the needs of every customer, and leaving a lasting impression on their experience.
  • A team player. You are a strong collaborator skilled at building meaningful connections across various departments and divisions, at all levels of the organization, and throughout the community with a commitment to achieving OPRYD’s mission.
  • Interested in community engagement. You are enthusiastic about playing an active role in the Oakland community.
What you will typically be responsible for: 
  • Ensuring pool patrons' safety and well-being by enforcing rules, preventing accidents, and administering first aid.
  • Providing swimming lessons to all ages and abilities, following American Red Cross guidelines.
  • Supervising and directing Water Safety Aides in the "Learn-to-swim" program.
  • Assisting the Pool Manager in coordinating and implementing water safety instruction.
  • Completing all necessary records, including accident reports, and time slips.
  • Aiding in patron registration for swim classes and maintaining positive community relations.
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A few reasons you might love this job:  
  • You will be part of a fun team.
  • You will engage with community members and build positive relationships.
  • Your work will result in a safer environment for all.
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You will need to deal with customer complaints. 
  • You may have to travel to multiple/various sites/recreation centers.
Competencies Required:
Building and Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships 
Customer Focus: Attending to the needs and expectations of customers 
Listening: Fully comprehending spoken communication
Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue 
Presentation Skill: Formally delivering information to groups 
Safety Focus: Showing vigilance and care in identifying and addressing health risks and safety hazards

Minimum Requirements for Application

This is a public contact position. The City highly encourages all bilingual candidates to apply! Some positions may require bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin. Under the authority of Civil Service Rules Section 5.03, if a position requires bilingual language skills, only those candidates who have indicated they are bilingual in the required language(s) will be referred. Bilingual candidates will be required to successfully pass a language proficiency test if selected for hire.  

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable: 

One year of aquatics experience. Previous experience as a swim coach or competitive swimmer is highly desirable.  

Current Red Cross certifications in Water Safety Instruction, Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR for Lifeguards with AED or CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED.

Please scan and attach these required certifications to your application.  Failure to submit these required certifications will result in disqualification from the selection process.
Other Requirements:
Candidates must be at least seventeen (17) years or older to apply.
Candidates who receive offers of employment will be required to submit fingerprints, undergo a criminal record clearance and have a physical examination including a TB screening.

Work Permits:
Minors will be subject to state guidelines and restrictions governing their employment while employed with the City of Oakland.  This shall include applicable work permits, records, hours worked, and time reporting guidelines.  Minors seeking information regarding work permits should contact their local school district.  When applicable, work permits must be obtained prior to beginning employment.