City of San Diego’s swimming pools staffing up for summer

With summer approaching, Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting pool lifeguards and managers

SAN DIEGO – Summer is approaching and the City of San Diego’s 15 swimming pool facilities are working to staff up for the influx of seasonal visitors during warmer months when kids are out of school. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is currently hiring seasonal and year-round pool guards – some positions that come with benefits – and will be conducting a series of hiring events to assist interested candidates through the application process.

Aquatic recruitment is necessary to ensure that pools have sufficient staff to maintain open hours and programming opportunities. Pools are required to maintain a certain number of certified Pool Guards on deck during all hours of operation, so hiring in the spring is critical to ensure that summer operations are not impacted.

A hiring fair is scheduled for this Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Allied Gardens Pool, 6707 Glenroy St. Candidates will be tested on water skills to meet prerequisites for hiring. Hiring fairs are intended for Pool Guard I or Pool Guard II candidates who have already applied for the position online.

“Jobs in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatics District are not only a lot of fun but give employees the opportunity to ensure public safety while providing space for community members to exercise, learn new skills and enjoy their communities,” said Nicole McNeil, Assistant Deputy Director for the Community Parks II Division. “If you’re looking for a great summer job or want to start a career in public service, come check out the Aquatics District – we’ll even provide the training and certifications!”

To encourage more applicants for Pool Guard positions, candidates who meet the age requirements for the Pool Guard I position can apply on a continuous basis and practice in advance of hiring events at any of the City of San Diego swimming pools for free during lap swim hours. Successful candidates will be offered training and required certifications once hired. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.

The city’s Personnel Department will be on site at the Hiring Fair to provide on-the-spot application support and assistance, as well. To view open positions at the City of San Diego, visit

(City of San Diego Release)

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