Position Information

The Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) is hiring multiple temporary Lifeguards for the Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center to work shifts as primary guards in the facility and monitor two bodies of water, including a 50-meter pool and a leisure pool with a water slide and other play features. Lifeguards will work on deck or in lifeguard chairs and serve as the primary protection against water related injuries.

Specific duties include:

  • Monitoring water treatment and filtration equipment, m anaging swimming pool supplies and equipment, and p erforming minor pool maintenance;
  • Overseeing the collection of entry fees and pass sales;
  • Ensuring the safety of all patrons and the safe operation of the facility;
  • Ensuring compliance with County policies and procedures and Health and safety standards; and
  • Performing other job-related duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: This position may be filled at the full performance or trainee level depending upon applicant qualifications.

Trainee Level:

  • Some experience performing lifeguard duties; and
  • Obtain an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification within 90 days of hire.

Full Performance Level:

  • Some experience performing lifeguard duties; and
  • Possession of American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification at time of hire.

Desirable: Preference may be given to applicants with experience/credentials in one or more of the following:

  • Knowledge of lifeguarding and best practices related to pool safety;
  • Lifeguard in a recreational or competitive pool setting with many programs;
  • Possession of CPR/AED Certification;
  • Possess Lifeguarding for the Professional Rescuer Certification; and/or
  • Possess American Red Cross Water Attraction Credential for Lifeguards.

Special Requirements

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment, which may include the following: criminal record, driving record, education, reference check, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Staff hired may be required to obtain and maintain the following certification(s) during employment:

  • CPR//AED;
  • Lifeguarding for the Professional Rescuer; and
  • American Red Cross Water Attraction Credential for Lifeguards.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Up to 40 hour a week based on position. Schedule varies based on the facilities schedule of events. The position may be required to work morning, afternoon, nights, or weekend shifts.

The official job title is Lifeguard I. This is a temporary occasional position. Employee is eligible for sick leave.

Open Until Filled: This position is listed as open until filled. Applications will be considered continuously. This posting will close when the positions have been filled or when sufficient qualified applications have been received.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered – a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee’s age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What Temporary Lifeguard work schedule do you prefer?

  • Full-Time (Up to 40rs/weekly)
  • Part-Time (Up to 32hrs/weekly)
  • Both


Please select if you have the following designations/certifications (choose all that apply):

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  • Water Safety Training Certification
  • American Red Cross Water Attraction Credential for Lifeguards
  • Lifeguarding for the Professional Rescuer Certification
  • Active CPR/AED Certification
  • None of the above


How much experience do you have working as a Lifeguard?

  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months to 1 year
  • 1 year or more

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Agency Arlington County

Address 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511

Arlington, Virginia, 22201

Phone 703-228-3500


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