Lifeguard (USU)

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Work type: Auxiliary
Location: Northridge
Categories: Temporary, Part Time


The University Student Union, as the heart of campus, uplifts and empowers students to achieve educational, personal and professional goals by providing leadership development, meaningful employment, and innovative programs, services and facilities. We promote equity, inclusion and well-being, while encouraging social justice advocacy to help Matadors feel heard, respected and connected to CSUN. Our facilities include a University Student Union and a 138,000 square foot Student Recreation Center (SRC). The SRC is a facility for exercise and leisure activity that promotes lifelong health and wellness.


One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor’s degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.


Under supervision of the Aquatics Supervisor, the Lifeguard is responsible for monitoring and ensuring the safety of patrons using the aquatic facilities, as well as enforcing rules and regulations regarding pool use.  Position completes routine and complex assignments requiring specialized knowledge and/or be responsible for assisting in the oversight of a critical operation, project or service.

The Student Recreation Center is a comprehensive campus recreation center that offers a diverse range of recreational programs and services to the CSUN community.


  • Maintain constant surveillance of members in the facility; act immediately and appropriately to secure safety of patrons in the event of emergency;
  • Enforce rules and regulations regarding pool use
  • Provide emergency care and treatment as required until the arrival of emergency medical services
  • Present professional appearance and attitude at all times, and maintains a high standard of customer service
  • Perform various maintenance duties as directed to maintain a clean and safe facility
  • Prepare and maintain appropriate activity reports
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



Equivalent to graduation from high school and/or a technical/vocational program.

Experience and Certifications:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard/Lifeguarding

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to swim 300 yards continuously using both front crawl and breast stroke
  • Must be able to swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10-pound object and remove it from the pool within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. Following an offer of employment, the appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. No applicant will be denied employment solely on the grounds of a criminal offense. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances and the relevance of the offense to the position(s) applied for will be considered.
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • Must attend required Student Recreation Center and USU employee orientation and trainings as well as department specific trainings and meetings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced First Aid Certification (Title 22, EMR, EMT) Preferred


  • React calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  • Follow routine verbal and written instructions
  • Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Maintain an appropriate professional appearance
  • Make independent decisions and make recommendations
  • Ability to adhere to work rules, follow directions, use time effectively and work productively without close supervision
  • Must possess an ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings, holidays, finals weeks, and during academic interim and break periods as needed
  • Must arrive at work on time for all scheduled work shifts
  • Ability to work in a culturally diverse, ethnically pluralistic environment


Work is typically performed outdoors in varying and occasionally extreme (hot) weather conditions. Must be flexible, adaptable, and readily able to adjust to changes in work environment. Position requires daily public contact. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally sit for extended periods and regularly walk around the facility; talk and hear.  The employee must frequently move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Supervision is provided by the Aquatics Supervisor.


This position is employed through the University Student Union (USU).

The regular wage range for this position is $18.12 - $19.37 per hour. 

HOURS: Part-time, up to 28 hours per week

POSITION TYPE: This position is considered a non-student position. Current CSUN students may apply but must be eligible and/or able to work up to 28 hours/week during the academic semester(s).

TEMPORARY: Temporary 6-month appointment, may be extended. Schedule varies based on department need. Work schedule to be determined by supervisor. 


Applications are currently being accepted for the Lifeguard position on a continuing basis.


Candidates should apply by completing the on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link: 


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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