Chautauqua Institution

  • RECREATION: Pool Lifeguard *Minor Friendly*

    Job Locations US-NY-Chautauqua
    Posted Date 2 months ago(2/8/2019 2:15 PM)
    # of Openings
    Recreation: Aquatics & Lifeguard
  • Overview

    The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue.


    Chautauqua Health & Fitness is a year-round facility located at Chautauqua Institution.  We offer various memberships for use of the facility as well as Personal Services such as private personal training and swim lessons/coaching.  We also offer a variety of group exercise classes throughout the year. We have a wide variety of cardiovascular and strength machines and equipment as well as an indoor pool.    See our website at for facility brochure, personal services brochure and program guide.

    We are a single lifeguard facility during the off-season (Fall, Winter, Spring) and a two guard facility during the summertime.  Fitness Center is always staffed when pool is open and fitness staff are additional responders in event of a pool emergency.  Shifts in the off-season are typically 2.5 hours long.  During the summer a shift can be 3.5 hours to about 8 hours. 

    We have and regularly practice an Emergency Action Plan for our facility, basic rescue and CPR/AED skills. Uniform and equipment provided.

    • Insuring safety of swimmers.
    • Supervising conduct of participants.
    • Keeping accurate records/documentation of work hours, swim log, safety & maintenance checks, discipline/incident reports.
    • Properly opening and securing pool area and locker rooms.
    • Regularly inspecting lifesaving and first aid equipment before opening facility.
    • Checking for proper equipment storage prior to and after each shift.
    • Clearly and professionally conveying rules to patrons and enforcing all regulations courteously but firmly.
    • Arriving to work early, reliably, well equipped and physically ready to perform expected duties (well-rested, not intoxicated or hung-over, proper attire, arrangements for meals and hydration).
    • Administering first aid, deep-end tests, performing appropriate rescues and follow-up procedures.
    • Presenting and maintaining professional appearance and demeanor appropriate of the level of training completed and the institution of which a representative.
    • Maintaining adequate level of physical fitness.
    • Attending mandatory orientation and training sessions prior to working and during employment.


    • Minimum age of 16 years of age (proper working papers required if under age of 18)
    • Possess current Waterfront Lifeguard, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications accepted by NYS Health Department


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