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There's nothing like working at the Y!  We're here to make kids feel welcome, try new things and make new friends.  We help kids grow and show them all they can accomplish when they believe in themselves. 

As a Lifeguard, you will have the opportunity to provide everyone with a safe place to swim, learn, grow and play. You will maintain a safe swimming environment in the pool, on the pool deck and the surrounding areas. You will be able to relate to people in a positive manner to build relationships with all who enter the pool. EVERY position positively impacts others at the Y - JOIN US, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Help positively impact children and families in our community and SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT YOUR OWN LIFE - experience, knowledge, satisfaction and joy are just some of the ways you'll grown, learn and thrive. 

We are currently hiring for lifeguards at several of our branch locations.  Enter "lifeguard" in the Keywords field to view our current openings.   


1.    Enforce rules and procedures.

2.    Keep pool and pool deck free of obstructions and safety hazards.

3.    Maintain constant surveillance of the water and pool deck areas.

4.    Handle equipment as assigned to ensure safety.

6.    Record chemical readings.

7.    Know emergency procedures and is able to demonstrate them.

8.    Maintain emergency equipment.

9.    Respond to all emergencies.

10.  Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor or designated staff person.

11.  Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Association as embodied in the mission statement and values.


1.    Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical functions

2.    Online New Employee Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)

3.    Online New Employee Safety Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)

4.    Y Leaders Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program)

5.    American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications approved

       by the YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program)

6.    American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the

       YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program)

7.    American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

8.    Must be at least 16 years of age

To positively impact others, Y Staff Team Members exemplify CAUSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP competencies:


Demonstrates in word and action the Y's CORE VALUES of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and a commitment to the Y's mission, in all matters at all times


Delivers the benefits of good health, strong connections, greater self-confidence, and a sense of security to all who seek it


Tells the Y story to help others understand the impact of the Y; develops relationships with members to support fundraising; supports fundraising efforts


Values all people for their unique talents and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion and cultural competence


Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y's work


Listens for understanding and meaning, seeks to understand the other person's point of view and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience  

Skills required

First Aid
Occupational Safety And Health
Automated External Defibrillator


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The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Though the world may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain – the Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, secure and connected children, families and communities.

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