Become a Lifeguard

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The Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department is now hiring 
Lifeguards for the 2016 Aquatics Season





Want to become a Lifeguard? Check out the information below to learn how to become a member of our Aquatics Team!
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What is it like being a lifeguard in Mesquite?
Watch the video to find out what you can expect when you decide to become a lifeguard for Mesquite Parks and Recreation, and what we expect from you. 

More about the position
  • Pools open May 28th and close on Labor Day, September 5th.
  • Starting pay is $8.67 per hour for a first year guard. *Pay increases with every year of experience, up to four years.
  • Promotional opportunities to Head Guard and Pool Supervisor available. 
  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Must have appropriate Lifeguard Training Certification from the American Red Cross or another agency of equivalent standing including First Aid, CPR, AED and blood borne pathogens. 
How do I become certified? 
Several agencies offer certification however, two local options are the American Red Cross and the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center. Enrollment into the Lifeguarding course is strictly limited to those who can successfully complete the following prerequisite swimming skills:
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing (can use freestyle or breaststroke, no sidestroke or backstroke)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
The Hiring Process
Apply online by filling out an application on the City of Mesquite Human Resources job postings page. Qualified applicants will be contacted to set up an in-person interview. Applicants who are offered a contingent offer of employment must pass a drug test, criminal history background check, and social security number verification. For questions contact the Human Resources department at 972.216.6218 or Aquatics Coordinator, Rachael Burks, at 972.216.6419.