Applying To: Lifeguard

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Positions are paid on an hourly basis, are not eligible for the Employees Benefits Program and do not require City residency.

Nature of Work

Incumbents in this position safeguard lives and property at municipal swimming pools.  Duties include checking and adjusting the chemical balance of pool water, enforcing sanitation rules, providing instructions in swimming safety, and coaching swim teams.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Lifeguard

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age by April 30, 2023.  Applicants 18 years of age or younger must have a

parent or legal guardian complete and submit the Parental Consent Form.

Ability to continuously swim 300 yards demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.

Ability to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs while the hands are placed under the armpits.

Ability to complete a timed swimming exercise retrieving a 10 pound object within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Ability to perform the Breast Stroke and the Crawl Stroke. 

Persons hired must successfully complete the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. This is FREE training given through the American Red Cross. Contact Ms. Dana Foster, Aquatics Supervisor at 314-541-6934 to schedule this training after filing application.  This training is provided only if you plan to work for the City of St. Louis.

Applicants 18 years of age or younger must have a parent or legal guardian complete and submit the Parental Consent Form.

When completing the Employment History and the Educational/Training History sections of the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your education, training and experience relating to this position. Your employment experience and training will be used to determine whether you meet the entrance requirements for this position and to compute your experience and training evaluation. Applicants will only receive credit for their experience and education as shown on the application. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application. When completing the Employment History section of the application, include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment. Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.


DRUG SCREEN:  A “Drug Screen” will be administered as part of the examination process. Applicants 18 years of age or younger must have a parent or legal guardian complete and submit the Parental Consent Form.


VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of their DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application or upon request.  The Director of Personnel may, in their discretion, accept alternate documentation.

CITY RESIDENTS PREFERENCE POINTS:  City residents who pass an examination for a position in the classified service and do not receive any other preference will receive a five (5) point preference on a scale of 100 points on the exam. An additional one (1) point shall be added to the passing score of City residents who receive any other preference on a scale of 100 points. City residents must have resided in the City for at least one (1) year at the time of filing their application to be eligible for the preference points. 

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.


Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Drug Screen: Pass/Fail

O.C. 3633
December 21, 2022

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