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Lifeguard – Seasonal

City of Fort Collins

This is a Contract position in Fort Collins, CO posted May 14, 2022.

The Community: The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry’s growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes: No. 2 Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America: American Water Works – June 2021 No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Livability.com Jan 2021 Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020 No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020 No. 1 Best Place to Live: Livability.com March 2020 No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019 No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019 No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019 No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019 No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018 No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018 No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018 The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017 No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: Realtor.com-June 2017 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance – March 2017 No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance – Feb 2017 No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017 Why Work For the City of Fort Collins? – Potential for paid personal leave and paid holidays – Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, and financial assistance – Wellness program, workout facilities – Personal & professional learning opportunities plus potential for career mobility- Collaborative work environment Summary: Performs in a lifeguard position protecting the life and well-being of each patron using the aquatic facility. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties and responsibilities and illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.Prevention of any accidents by eliminating the hazard or a hazardous behavior.Enforcing all rules involving pool policy and operation procedure.Knowledge of all rules and justification for the rules.Educated the swimming public to the habits and attitudes of safe recreation and encourages their cooperation.Maintains a level of physical fitness appropriate to the demands of life guarding required to fulfill any emergency procedure for any circumstance.Assists in the maintenance and care of the equipment, facilities, and environment including cleaning duties.Attends and participates in all required City sponsored clinics, workshops, and meetings.Informs the supervisor of any disciplinary problems as necessary.Performs any other related or similar duty as assigned.Supervisory Responsibilities: This position is not responsible for the supervision of employees. City CompetenciesDemonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.Qualifications:The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:Occasionally works independently without direct supervision.Establishes and maintains effective working relationship with co workers, participants and the public.Communicates effectively in both oral and written form with external and internal customers.Ability to show sensitivity in dealing with all age groups, persons with disabilities, and a diverse population.Basic computer knowledge and ability to operate a variety of office equipment. Ability to understand and apply department procedures and policies.Ability to handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy. Ability to use table and chair dollies, kitchen equipment, carpet vacuum, standard office equipment including copiers and computers.The Aquatics Department has a dynamic and changing schedule. Ability to work varying shifts is desirable, particularly weekends and holiday shift availability.Education and Experience: Minimum age is 15.Language Skills: Ability to read instructions and communicate with City supervisor and the general public. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from supervisor, user groups, customers, and the general public. Reasoning Ability:Ability to solve and implement practical solutions to problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Foresee and initiate proactive measures to insure program quality, customer service and safety.Certifications, Licenses, and Registrations: Current American Red Cross Lifeguard and First Aid Certifications required.Physical Demands:Bending, stooping, pulling, pushing, jumping, twisting, balancing kneeling, crouching, reaching and climbing.Physical activity required in leading/demonstrating classes.Lifting and carrying up to 25 poundsHand-eye coordination for operation of a computer keyboard.Ability to read written materials and to observe programs.Speech and hearing capabilities to maintain communications with employees and citizens.