Lifeguard, Recreational Sports (4031C) - 32420

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lifeguard, Recreational Sports (4031C) - 32420 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

How do you define a quality life? Recreational Sports helps each individual pursue that answer by providing a wide variety of fitness and wellness programs. Supporting this larger mission requires a focus on daily activities, consistent values, and the continual pursuit of a long-term vision. We're committed to providing an atmosphere and an environment that is accessible, accommodating, and inclusive for a wide range of people and a wide range of abilities.

The Department of Recreational Sports offers members of the UC Berkeley community an extraordinary experience to live active and meaningful lives while on campus.

Programs and services range from group fitness, aquatics, adventure trips, drop-in fitness and recreation, intramural sports, sport clubs, personal training, WorkFit, and many other activities. Recreational Sports is enhanced by its indoor and outdoor facilities, including three indoor locations, four pools, five tennis courts, and an outdoor adventure center at the Berkeley Marina.
Our Purpose
Inspiring healthy futures together - one step, one experience, one journey at a time.Our Vision
To be the benchmark for collegiate recreation and campus well-being.Our Mission
Recreational Sports is a campus leader in proactively advancing the well-being of the Berkeley community.
We provide facilities and dynamic, innovative programs that inspire engagement, enrich student well-being, and bolster retention through experiential learning and leadership development.

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture contributes to the shared campus priority of a thriving, socially conscious global community.
Our Guiding Principles
Empower Growth - We encourage self-discovery and a lifelong pursuit of excellence.
Challenge Convention - We innovate by taking informed risks and embracing failure in pursuit of excellence.

Positive Intent - We treat each other with civility and respect. We encourage diverse opinions and welcome meaningful feedback.

Amplify Connections - We celebrate the individual and embrace the collective in an inclusive, diverse community.

Selfless Leaders - We foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate community, oftentimes putting greater interests above our own

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 21, 2022.


  • Maintain a proper and professional surveillance of the pool and the patrons in and around it.
  • Maintain a high level of concentration and vigilance.
  • Provide information, assistance and service to patrons.
  • Make proper referrals for guests as needed.
  • Resolve conflicts or confrontations with guests.
  • Defuse patron confrontations and customer services issues in a professional manner
  • Enforce safety rules and regulations governing use of swimming areas.
  • Prevent accidents from occurring.
  • Provide Immediate First Aid and Emergency Response Care as needed.

  • Review all manuals and informational items (memos, brochures, flyers, etc.) to provide guests with accurate information.
  • Attend required training courses and staff meetings.
  • Maintain certifications.

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of aquatics / lifeguard activity practices and procedures.
  • Requires verbal and written communication in the English language, active listening, dynamic flexibility, critical thinking, multi-task and time management skills.
  • Able to exercise independent sound judgment and employ reasoning skills.
  • Client service minded, entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking.

  • Current American Red Cross certifications includes:
    • Lifeguard Training & First Aid
    • CPR: For the Professional Rescuer & AED
    • Title 22 First Aid (California State Law)
    • Lifeguard Certification

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn campus policies and procedures.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is $17.82. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information
  • This is a 100% full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract (temporary) appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.
  • Recreational Sports is recruiting for 30 lifeguards.
  • This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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