Due to current events and the statewide shelter-in-place order,
all exam dates and locations are tentative. Applicants will be
notified as further information becomes available. Applicants
should also check their emailon a regular basis for updates.
Do you want to teach someone a lifelong skill they will never
forget? Become a Water Safety Instructor and teach the Oakland
community how to swim! The City of Oakland is currently recruiting
to fillpart-time Water Safety Instructor/Competitive Swimming Coach
positions inOakland Parks and Recreation Aquatic Centers for both
seasonal and year-round employment. Work hours will vary from week
Under direction in OaklandParks and Recreation, incumbents
perform a variety of duties at the City's pools including swimming
instruction, coordination of the Water Safety Instruction (WSI)
program, and other aquatic activities; and perform related duties
as assigned. Provide swim instruction to all ages and ability
levels using the American Red Cross water safety guidelines for the
Oakland community. Coordinate day-of swim lesson program and
provide direction to non-Water Safety Instructors. Lifeguarding
duties apply. Current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
(WSI) and Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certifications are
Selective certification may apply for some positions that may
require bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin. The
hiring list established from this recruitment may be used to fill
all vacancies (those that require bilingual skills as well as those
that do not) in this classification.
Click on the link below to see a video on what it's like to work
for the City of Oakland!
Working for the City of Oakland
Examples of Duties
* Ensure the safety and well-being of pool patrons. * Enforce
all pool rules. * Prevent accidents and render first aid as
necessary. * Give swimming lessons to all ages and ability levels.
* Review, evaluate, and direct Water Safety Aides in the
"Learn-to-swim" program. * Provide swimming instruction to
participants as outlined by the American Red Cross. * Assist Pool
Manager in the coordination and implementation of the Water Safety
Instruction program. * Complete all records and reports including
accidents, control and discipline, time slips, and leaves of
absence. * Assume custodial duties as assigned. * Assist in the
registration of patrons for swim classes and lessons. * Maintain
good public relations with the community.
Minimum Requirements for Application
Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent
to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable:
One year of aquatics experience.Previous experience as a swim
coach or competitive swimmer is highly desirable.
Current Red Cross certifications in Water Safety Instruction,
Lifeguarding,First Aid, and CPR forLifeguardswith AED or CPR for
the Professional Rescuer with AED.Please scan and
attachtheserequired certifications to your online application.
Failure to submit all required certificationsmay result in
disqualification from theselection process.
Candidates must be at least seventeen (17) years old or
Candidates who receive conditional offers of employment will be
required to submit fingerprints, undergo a criminal record
clearance, have drug testing and aTB screening.
Additional Qualifications: Bilingual skills in Spanish,
Cantonese, and Mandarin are highly desirable for certain
Minors will be subject to state guidelines and restrictions
governing their employment while employed with the City of Oakland.
This shall include work permits, records, hours worked, and time
reporting guidelines. Minors seeking information regarding work
permits should contact their local school district. When
applicable, work permits must be obtained prior to beginning
Working knowledge of:
* Lifeguarding skills. * Rules and regulations of pools. *
Stroke and swimming techniques. * Water Safety Instruction levels
of ability. * Specific instructional techniques for competitive
swimming. * First aid, CPR, and basic life support techniques.
* Oversee safety of patrons. * Perform first aid and CPR
procedures. * Learn and enforce rules and regulations. * Conduct
and implement group and individual swimming lessons. * Work
effectively with other aquatics staff. * Write reports as required.
* Maintain harmonious relations with the public. * Follow oral and
written directions. * Establish and maintain effective work
relationships with those contacted in the performance of required
The Selection Process
Stage I: The first stage in the selection process will consist
of a review of each applicant employment application, attachments
of the required Red Cross certifications, and signed supplemental
questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail).
Applications submitted without all required materials will not be
given further consideration. Be sure to scan and attach the
required certifications to your online application.
Stage II: The second stage will consist of an on-the-spot water
test and oral interview that will test the knowledge, skills and
abilities listed in the qualifications section. The list of
candidates to be further considered will be developed directly from
the results of Stage II.
The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection
process as necessary to conform to administrative or business
Next tentative Oral Interview and Water Test Date: Wednesday,
May 12, 2021
Candidates will be required to provide their original current
Red Cross certifications in Water Safety Instruction, Lifeguarding,
First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED at the
time of the scheduled oral interview / water test.
* Note: Subsequent Oral Interview and Water Tests will be
How to Apply
Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and
allow at least an hour to submit your application if you are a new
user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY.You may
apply and view current openings by visiting our employment
opportunities webpage at:
If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer
stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are
also work stations at the Department of Human Resources Management,
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Work
stations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
Our on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you
have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov's Live
Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627.
You may also call the City of Oakland Department of Human
Resources Management at (510) 238-3112 for information.
Applicants are required to submit criminal history information
upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If
the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner,
applicants will not qualify for further consideration.
The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.