Lifeguard (Winter 2021)

September 25 2021
Industries Public administration
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Markham, ON

The City of Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 353,000 residents, is Canada’s high-tech capital and most diverse community, enjoying a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Committed to being a model of public service excellence, with a workforce that is representative of the population we serve, we are looking for people who share our values and are champions of innovative practices. Diversity is one of Markham’s strategic priorities, and we strive to develop and maintain an environment that is inclusive and creates a sense of belonging for all.

Applications are now being accepted for the Lifeguard (Winter 2021) position in the Recreation Department, Community Services Commission. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume online by December 1, 2021.


The City of Markham's pool facilities offer public swim, swimming lessons, aquafit classes and rentals. We have indoor lifeguard roles open at Aaniin Community Centre & Library, Angus Glen Community Centre & Library, Centennial Community Centre, Cornell Community Centre & Library, Milliken Mills Community Centre & Library, Thornhill Community Centre & Library, Thornlea Pool and Pan Am Pool.

Join us and make a lasting difference!


Enjoy a positive and rewarding work environment with flexible scheduling options as you share your enthusiasm for aquatics. The
City of Markham has a variety of lifeguarding opportunities available to qualified youth and adults at its facilities across the City. Work close to home, build your confidence and leadership skills and stay active and fit doing something you love.


As a Lifeguard for the City of Markham Recreation Services Department, your primary role will be to maintain the safety of people using our swimming pool area. Specifically, you will:

  • provide excellent customer service and encourage pool users to practice safe and enjoyable swimming
  • patrol and observe the swimming pool area ensuring pool rules are being adhered to
  • check rescue equipment and discuss scanning approach with team
  • ensure correct patron-to-lifeguard ratios are met at all times
  • apply basic life support and first aid as required
  • complete pool deck set-up and clean-up
  • perform minor maintenance and cleaning
  • know emergency procedures
  • Excellent customer service skills and the ability to work well with other staff
  • Experience with cash management would be an asset


In addition to being at least 16 years old, you have the following
required current qualifications:

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard
  • Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR C w/ Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Lifesaving Society Airway Management


  • Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
  • Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
  • Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.

*Please include your Lifesaving ID number on your resume. Certifications that will expire during your work term must be re-certified prior to your start date. If you are registered for an applicable course, please list it on your resume along with the registration dates.

Note: All qualifications must be current from the beginning to the last day of each session. Qualifications that are due to expire during a session must be re-certified prior to the start of the season and staff will be required to provide proof of registration for the re-certification.


  • Pay: $15.66
  • Flexible scheduling: Since the pools are open daily 52 weeks of the year, we offer flexible scheduling including early bird and after-school shifts that accommodate students. Most facilities can accommodate specific requests allowing you a consistent schedule that works for you.
  • In addition to having free access to any drop-in aquatic program, you'll receive discounts on:
    • registration for courses to obtain or renew qualifications
    • a transit pass for York Region Transit/VIVA

Learn more about becoming a Lifeguard.

The City of Markham is committed to inclusive, accessible and barrier free employment practices and to creating a workplace that reflects and supports the diversity of the community we serve. Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure a barrier free hiring process.

Please respect our scent free area by not not using scented products when visiting the office.

The City of Markham has established a mandatory vaccination requirement for staff related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, should you be a successful candidate for a position with the City of Markham you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination upon a conditional offer of employment. Should you require accommodation in accordance with the Human Rights policy with respect to your vaccine status, you will be required to disclose that at the time of conditional offer so that an accommodation can be developed prior to your start date.

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