Lifeguard Employment with Louisville Parks

Free Lifeguard Training

The Louisville Parks Aquatics Department operates 5 public swimming pools across Metro Louisville; one pool operates year-round. Lifeguard duties and employment application instructions are described below. For more information, or to inquire about cashier, concession and swim instruction employment opportunities, call 502/897-9949.

Louisville Parks provides free lifeguard training to those who work for Louisville Parks for one full season. The training is available to non-employees for a fee.

Lifeguards are required to take a drug test as a condition of employment.

The lifeguard maintains a safe environment for all guests of Louisville Parks swimming pools. Under management’s instruction, the lifeguard is responsible for all of the following duties on a daily basis:

  • Maintains order both in the water and on the pool deck, and enforces pool rules.
  • Attentively observes activity in the water and insures safe swimming conditions at all times.
  • Treats the public with courtesy and respect at all times.
  • Provides first aid treatment and artificial respiration when necessary.
  • Maintains proper certification, including the Louisville Metro Health Department certification, and maintains water rescue skills.
  • Attends all in-services and conditioning sessions as scheduled.
  • Performs daily clean-up or other necessary tasks as instructed.
  • Takes water test and accurately records results on pool log sheet.
  • Sits in lifeguard chairs, with the rescue tube in their lap, with whistle in their hand or around their neck at all times when they are responsible for the pool.
  • Reports to work 15 minutes prior to scheduled time in required uniform.

Please allow at least 3 weeks after all items listed below have been submitted for processing. An employee can not start work until the Louisville Parks Personnel Office processes the following:

  • Mandatory Drug Screening for Lifeguards
  • Lifeguard/First Aid Certification
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification
  • Louisville Metro Health Department Water Test & Written Test
  • Metro Parks application (a record check must be completed and approved before hire. This may take several weeks so send in your application early!) To download application forms, click here
  • Louisville Parks tax packet
  • Copy of Social Security Card & Photo ID
  • Birth Certificate if under 18 years old

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