Lifeguard (Seasonal/Beach)

Village of Saranac Lake

Title:                                     Lifeguard

Facility Name:                    William Wallace Memorial Beach

Location:                             Lake Colby Drive, Saranac Lake NY

Jurisdictional Class:          Non-Competitive Class

Seasonal:                            40 hours per week

Application deadline:       Until position is filled

Hourly Rate:                        $16.00

Posting date:                      April 14, 2022

Residency:                          Residency is waived






The work involves responsibility for performing routine patrol work looking after the safety and welfare of the bathers at a swimming area. Duties are performed with strict adherence to established safety rules and regulations. There is, however, considerable responsibility for the exercise of sound judgement in emergencies.  An error in judgement might result in loss of life; therefore consequence of error must be the greatest consideration of a Lifeguard while on duty. The incumbent does related work as required.



TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)



  1. Provides close supervision over all swimmers while on duty standing watch or patrolling the pool or beach; keeping bathers within bounds and going to their aid when they are in difficulty;
  2. Applies resuscitation techniques and otherwise renders first aid;
  3. Instructs beginners in swimming;
  4. Inspects assigned life guarding and first aid equipment daily;
  5. Sweeps and disinfects pool deck or rakes beach, removing cans, glass, bottles, litter, and other debris;
  6. Keeps order among swimmers;
  7. Enforces pool or beach rules;
  8. During inclement weather, may, as assigned, assist maintenance crews in simple park maintenance such as lawn mowing, grounds trimming, picking up litter, sweeping and mopping  floors, cleaning lavatories and water closets, refilling paper towel and tissue dispensers, and simple maintenance and repair of beach equipment such as first aid boxes, life guard buoys, poles, paddleboards, boats and beach signs.







  1. Good knowledge of first aid, life savings and rescue work as applies to accidents in the water; ability to swim well; ability to deal with the public and to secure cooperation without unnecessary antagonism;
  2. Working Knowledge of pool or swimming area operation and maintenance; ability to make simple reports; good observation; mental alertness; good moral character; excellent physical condition.










Proof of certification is required at time of application.


  1. Possession of a valid American Red Cross basic life support for the professional rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate; and
  2. Possession of a valid lifeguard training certificate from a certifying agency (such as the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, YMCA) acceptable to the State Health Commissioner.
  3. Possession of the American Red Cross Water Front Life Guarding Certificate.



Please Note:



Annual CPR Recertification is required.

Lifeguarding Certification are valid for a maximum of three (3) years from the date of issuance.



  1. Please send an application and proof of certification to:


            Village of Saranac Lake

            Attn: Payroll Department

            39 Main St., Suite 9

            Saranac Lake, NY 12983


  1. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
  2. The Village will contact prospective applicants to schedule interviews; please do not call the office directly.



Available: Water Safety Instructor Course and Lifeguard Courses



Date Posted: 04-14-2022

Expire Date: Open until filled

Contact Name: Patrick Murphy, Deputy Village Clerk-Treasurer

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