The City of Newport is seeking a professional and experienced individual to fill the position of Aquatic Specialist. This position will provide leadership to lifeguard staff on and off the pool deck. Ensures the safety of patrons of an aquatic facility by preventing and responding to emergencies. Provides for health, safety and welfare of all patrons at all times. Assist with the development, preparation, and execution of aquatics programs. Assist with pool and facility maintenance.
This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties as described. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be a high school diploma or equivalent, AND two (2) years job-related aquatic experience, and one (1 ) year of programming experience.
KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of principles, terminology, techniques, methods, supplies, equipment, basic rules and skills involved in a variety of aquatics programs. Practices and techniques of CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED), First Aid, and oxygen administration. Knowledge of the philosophy and objectives of the recreation profession, and the purpose, use, and benefit of various elements of specific programs. Basic accounting and business knowledge. Knowledge of state health and safety regulations related to the staffing and operations of an aquatics facility.
SKILLS: Skill in the use of personal computers, various related software programs, standard office equipment, swimming pool equipment, and parks and recreation equipment. Strong time management, analytical, organization, and prioritization skills. Customer service orientation and skills. Effective team-building skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communications skills with a variety of audiences. Must have strong organizational skills and competence in business English, spelling, and punctuation. Strong reasoning, analysis, decision making, and problem-solving skills, combined with excellent judgment and professionalism.
ABILITIES: Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with city management, employees, Council members, other entities, and the public. Ability to effectively interact with, and lead, staff and establish and maintain effective working relationships with all employees and city officials. Ability to instruct and supervise aquatics and other recreation programs efficiently. Ability to work independently and within a group structure. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups. Ability to communicate complex material in a simple, understandable manner. Ability to elicit information and cooperation from individuals and groups. Ability to learn and perform the duties associated with being a Certified Pool Operator. Ability to effectively function in a work environment with numerous interruptions and conflicting demands, and use sound judgment in following and applying appropriate laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. Ability to honor the confidentiality required of this position. Requires the physical ability to perform the essential job functions. Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends. Requires the physical ability to perform the essential job functions. Requires the ability to properly extract victims from the pools to the deck. Ability to perform the following: swim four (4) lengths of the pool (100 yards), tread water for one minute without the use of hands, retrieve 10-pound brick from the bottom of the pool, position requires proficient swimming ability and endurance, and perform proper application of rescue and first aid techniques. This position requires the ability to properly extract victims from the pools to the deck. Maintain fitness standards capable of meeting the physical demands of all aquatic areas.
CPR/First Aid and lifeguard at time of hire
StarGuard Instructor within six (6) months of hire
Certified Pool Operator or Aquatic Facility Operator within three (3) months of hire
Bachelor's Degree in Recreation
Swim Lessons Program Instructor
The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility, including the ability to frequently lift or move materials up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift or move materials up to 60 pounds. The position requires the ability to operate a motorized vehicle. Manual dexterity and coordination are required approximately 60% of the time to operate such equipment such as computers, keyboards, telephones, standard office equipment, and recreational equipment. The position requires the mobility to interact with and use parks and recreation equipment. The employee risks harm from physical hazards, including chemicals, fumes, wet and slippery surfaces, and swimming pools. Must be able to perform the following: swim four (4) lengths of the pool (100 yards), tread water for one minute without the use of hands, retrieve 10-pound brick from the bottom of the pool, position requires proficient swimming ability and endurance, and perform proper application of rescue and first aid techniques. This position requires the ability to properly extract victims from the pools to the deck. Maintain fitness standards capable of meeting the physical demands of all aquatic areas.
WORKING CONDITION/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work location is primarily indoors where most work occurs in a recreational/swimming pool setting. Work conditions will vary depending on assigned programs, and will involve considerable exposure to humidity, water, and an environment where chemicals are present. Employee must wear uniform and proper footwear while on duty.
Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application. Only completed applications will be considered. Please do not fax, mail, or e-mail any documentation. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.
The City of Newport is an EEO and Veteran's Preference employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under state, federal or local law.
The City of Newport follows Oregon law regarding Veterans' Preference in Public Employment. If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, you must complete the Veteran's Preference Form and attach a copy of your DD214/ DD215. If you are a disabled veteran, you must also include a copy of your Veteran's Administration benefit summary/award letter with your application.
All offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check, reference checking, and in the case of safety sensitive positions, drug, and alcohol testing.