Lifeguard Job Description

Primary Role: To further the mission of Camp Garrett by supervising and instructing campers and non-lifeguard certified staff in the pool. The successful Summer Camp Lifeguard will assist in the management of the physical operation of the pool facility and equipment.

Immediate Supervisor: Camp Director

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervise and guard all pool activities, and provide rescue support when necessary
  • Assess swimmers’ abilities based on pre-made criteria in order to allow swimmers into different sections of the pool
  • Maintain active surveillance of persons in and near the pool area
  • Act immediately and appropriately to secure safety of persons in an emergency
  • Communicate and enforce pool safety rules
  • Ability to demonstrate strong swimming skills
  • Monitor changing rooms and oversee transition periods at the pool
    • Conduct daily checks of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair
    • Alert the Aquatics Supervisor to potential hazards affecting the pool or safety of swimmers
    • Create and maintain positive business and working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, families, campers, and the community

Qualifications, Skills, and Ability:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Current certification in lifeguard training, first aid, and CPR
  • Experience working with children and young adults
  • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors

Other Job Duties:

  • Participate in camp activities, programs and meetings, including staff meetings
  • Assist in general maintenance and upkeep of Camp and shared facilities
  • All other duties as assigned


Physical/Cognitive Requirements of the Essential Job Functions: This position requires the ability to perform immediate and appropriate rescues to any person in need at or in the pool. This position also requires the ability to listen to others, observe others’ actions and take corrective actions when necessary, read text and information; comprehend instructions and manuals. It also requires the physical ability to move about the camp property in various environmental conditions.