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, 2021.

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.

DRUG SCREEN:  An "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 his/her DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application.  The Director of Personnel may, in his discretion, accept alternate documentation.

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. Applications can be submitted on the Internet. Visit the City web site at

Examination Components and Their Weights

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

O.C. 3195
December 23, 2020

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