Join our award-winning aquatics team in this multi-faceted role where you lead departmental trainings and supervise our outdoor community pool sites. This position will help you gain more supervisory and leadership skills and put your passion for training on display with all levels of staff. Our ideal candidate possesses excellent communication skills and is an interactive trainer who enjoys training staff to the highest safety standards. We are looking for an experienced candidate who can make a splash with our summer operations and utilize their prior experience with seasonal staff supervision, training, and relationship building. If this sounds like the ideal job for you, apply today!
ABOUT THIS ROLE: The Aquatics Specialist is responsible for ensuring the safe and effective delivery of aquatics services while supervising the three community pool sites of Birchdale, Hammill Mill, and Graham Park, and assisting with aquatics training within the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, which also includes Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center, the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center, Splashdown Waterpark, and Waterworks Waterpark and Veterans Park Pool. The main charge for the position is to assist with training and development of all aquatics staff to the highest safety standards to ensure safe operations across all aquatics sites and keeping meticulous training records for aquatics trainings and CPR/First Aid training for other departmental staff.
About Prince William County: Located 30 miles outside the District of Columbia, Prince William, Virginia is the 2nd largest county in Virginia and the 4th fastest growing county in the Commonwealth. Known for its diverse population (the first majority-minority county in Virginia), quality schools, and gorgeous cultural and natural resources, Prince William has become a Community of Choice for families and professionals in the D.C. Metro area. The County boasts two national parks, including the largest protected natural area in metro D.C., the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Jiffy Lube Live outdoor music venue, 20 craft breweries and wineries, the George Mason University Science and Technology campus, the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and NOVA Community College—the second largest systems in the United States. In the face of accelerating population growth, the County is planning exciting new re-development areas in which to concentrate mixed-use development for vibrant live-work-play communities.
About the Department: The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism has a mission to create recreational and cultural experiences for a more vibrant community and envisions itself as a lead collaborator in delivering holistic solutions for community transformation. The department’s service portfolio includes 57 parks and facilities spread across 5,000 acres, two waterparks, four community pools, three indoor aquatic and fitness centers (including one operated by George Mason University), three community centers, three golf courses, 50 miles of trails, 15 historic sites, and over 200 athletic fields. The department has an operating budget of over $42 million including enterprise and restricted tourism funds and boasts a 40% cost recovery (70%+ for recreation services). The department is proud to be the largest employer of youth in Prince William County and partners with numerous leagues to serve approximately 35,000 youth and adult sports participants annually.
The department is currently managing nearly $40 million in capital improvement projects with exciting new investments on the horizon. In 2019, voters approved a $41 million bond referendum for new parks and trails. The department is undergoing exciting foundational changes such as a recent update to its comprehensive plan and master plan utilizing a new level of service methodology rooted in equity and accessibility and sets a goal to double county’s parkland acreage from 5,000 to 10,000 acres. In addition, the department was recently accredited as the 13th agency in Virginia by the Commission for the Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies. Together with the office of Tourism and Historic Preservation, the department boasts three accredited entities under one unified structure.
Recent external recognitions for the department include the attainment of E3 status from the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program for a commitment to environmental stewardship in operations, a gold medal from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for the Neabsco Boardwalk project, numerous Golden Guard awards and “Exceeds” audit scores from Ellis and Associates, the department’s aquatic safety program. The department is supported by four advisory boards and two foundations. The department is uniquely employee-centered and follows a leadership philosophy that believes in leadership at all levels. To that end, all employees are invited to participate in day-to-day problem solving, system improvement initiatives, and strategy setting. The department believes that employees thrive when they are trusted, included, respected, and supported at all levels.
PREFERENCES: The ideal candidate would have 2+ years of experience working with both indoor and outdoor pools with a valid LGI Certification. The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, Business Management/Administration, Public Administration or related field. This person would have 1+ years of supervisory experience; experience with Ellis & Associates a plus. Local government experience, Ellis & Associates LGI Trainer a plus. The ideal candidate would have proven experience in training aquatics staff, recruiting seasonal staff, and assisting with multi-site operations.
SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: Typical schedule varies based on operational needs but is usually between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday - Friday, with weekend and holiday work required based on operational and event schedules and on-call schedule; during the summer operations this position will work on site managing community pools over weekday and weekend hours. This position is classified as exempt and can adjust hours to meet operational needs. A portion of on-call time is subject to additional compensation.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The Department of Parks and Recreation conducts DMV record checks on all licensed employees and criminal background checks on all hires 18 years and older. Fingerprinting may be required.
May operate a county owned vehicle or personal vehicle for business, valid driver’s license is required.
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Lifeguard Certification; First aid certification; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification.
Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, inadequate lighting, workspace movement restrictions, and intense noises.
Internal Number: 201206514
About Prince William County Parks, Recreation and Tourism
The Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is the primary provider of recreation services to the residents of Prince William County. Citizens can find a wide variety of recreation alternatives at any of our Recreation Centers, Water Parks, Community Centers and Community Swimming Pools, Skateparks, Sports Fields and Trails.