Lifeguard/Instructor 3 (Head Guard) (2023-50)

  • Full-time
  • Department: Parks, Recreation & Culture
  • Vacancy Status: Full-Time

Company Description

Mission is located on the unceded, ancestral, and shared territory of the Stó:lō Peoples, specifically on Leq’á:mel, Semá:th, Máthexwi, Kwantlen, Sq’éwlets, and Katzie traditional territories in the lower mainland of BC. Nestled on the southern coastal mountain slopes overlooking the lush Fraser River Valley, Mission is a rapidly growing and dynamic community of approximately 41,500 residents, 20 kilometers north of the US border and 70 kilometers east of Vancouver. Although Mission is part of a broader metropolitan area, it still maintains its distinct and welcoming small-town flavor.

Job Description

The City of Mission’s Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is seeking energetic and motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal and communications skills for the role of Lifeguard/Instructor 3 (Head Guard) (2 positions). This role is a combination of administrative and hands-on duties.

In this role, you will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative and supervisory duties, such as monitoring the day-to-day operation of the aquatic facility, as well as performing life guarding and instruction duties in various aquatic activities, and, as required, maintenance in the pool area.  In the absence of the Supervisor, the Lifeguard/Instructor 3 (Head Guard) will be the designated leader during the allocated timeframe. This position will lead by example and provide guidance and direction to the Lifeguard/Instructors 1 and 2.

In addition to performing guarding and instructing duties, you will assist with supervision on deck, class instruction, daily maintenance, rentals and activities. You will help train and instruct the Lifeguard/Instructors 1 and 2 and provide support and mentoring to aquatic staff and volunteers.


The successful candidates will have graduated from high school and have a minimum of three years experience in guarding and instructing, and supervisory training and/or experience.

Required licences and certifications include: National Lifeguard Pool certification; Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor-Swim for Life and Canadian Swim Patrol; CPR  Level C certification (including AED); PoolSafeBC; OFA – Level 1; SEE Auditor; Aquatic Supervisor Trainer.  LifeSaving Instructor (LSI) is an asset but not required. If you have been unable to achieve any of the certificates due to timing of training offered, please apply and let us know that you are eligible to take the training at the next opportunity.

In order to be considered for employment, candidates must be available to participate in a wet exam on to be determined date. 

Additional Information

The 2023 rate of pay for this CUPE position is $31.03 per hour plus full benefits, including pension, upon completion of probation.  

The hours of work are on a 9-day fortnight, days/times as follows:

Position #1: Sunday to Thursday (alternating Thursday off); Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm; Monday & Tuesday:1:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Position #2: Tuesday to Saturday (alternating Tuesday off); Tuesday: 10:00am to 6:30 pm; Wednesday to Friday: 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm; Saturday: 8:45 am to 5:15 pm

Posting Closed: December 10, 2023

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