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Aquatic/Recreation Specialist

  • Salary/Pay Rate:$15.69/hr - $19.61/hr
  • Posted Date:05/22/2019


Under the general direction and supervision of the Parks & Recreation Supervisor, the Aquatics/Recreation Specialist will be responsible providing administrative assistance and support to the Parks and Recreation Department.  This will include facility management, community interaction, provide some oversight and direction of recreation programs.  The Aquatics/Recreation Specialist will be responsible for all aquatic operations, including but not limited to assisting the lifeguards in their duties, to include, but limited to lifeguard (when necessary); first aid; CPR; AED administration; and oversight of staff and training.  The Aquatics/Recreation Specialist will enforce policies and procedures, to ensure efficient and effective operation of aquatic facilities including training.  This position will be included in the Department’s on-call schedule.  Will perform other duties as assigned.




  • Provide customer service.  Receive the public and answer questions; respond to inquiries from employees, citizens and others and refers, when necessary, to appropriate persons.
  • Prepare all work schedules for Aquatics personnel.  Ensuring the manager or head Lifeguard is on duty at all times the pool is open.
  • Chemical analysis and application. Track the chemical readings hourly when the pool is open and daily when the pool is closed.
  • Track chemical usage and associated cost.
  • Assist in the interviewing, selection and training of Lifeguards.
  • Conduct weekly training and safety meetings for Aquatic and seasonal personnel.
  • Record pool attendance.
  • Accept and receipt monies. Balance and reconcile cash tills.  Submit daily cash deposits to MSB.
  • Responsible for efficient and safe operation, care and appearance of assigned equipment.  Ensure proper operating condition of all equipment.
  • Handle first aid issues.
  • Enforce the City of Bay City Aquatics rules and regulations to staff and public. Review and provide necessary amendments to the pool rules and regulations.
  • Document and report all disciplinary problems and accidents to the Parks and Recreation Supervisor.
  • Maintain clean facilities including but not limited to bathrooms; facility grounds; and vacuum pool a minimum of 2 times per week, or as often as needed.
  • Oversee Learn to Swim Program.
  • Complete monthly and/or quarterly reports for Aquatics and Recreation Divisions.
  • Subject to after-hours call out as needed or for emergency situations.


  • Compose, type, and edit a variety of correspondence, reports, memorandum, and other material requiring judgment as to content, accuracy, and completeness.
  • Plan, organize and implement recreation programs.  Oversee a variety of sport and recreation programs.
  • Provide customer service.  Receive the public and answers questions; respond to inquiries from employees, citizens and others and refers, when necessary, to appropriate persons.
  • Responsible for overseeing activities at designated locations such as park and school facilities, baseball/softball fields and other public facilities.
  • Create forms, documents, and flyers for department.
  • Set up, take down, and work Parks and Recreation events and programs.
  • Work with minimum supervision and make decisions regarding the creation and implementation of recreation programs and activities.
  • Prepare routine and complex program plans and requirements.  Prepare reports that describe and evaluate programs at the completion of each activity, and identify areas of success and needed improvement.
  • Prepare and submit bi-weekly reports to the Parks and Recreation Supervisor.
  • Ensure proper routine maintenance of equipment.  Reports maintenance issues to Parks and Recreation Supervisor.
  • Inspect parks and facilities for hazards and report any hazards to the Parks and Recreations Supervisor as necessary.



  • Must have certifications in the following: American Red Cross Lifeguard, or the International Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard certification/license; Water Safety Instructor, AED and Oxygen Certified; Certified Pool Operator or Aquatic Facility Operator and Lifeguard Training Instructor or be able to able to obtain within six months of hire date.
  • Must have good communication skills; requires a calm demeanor in responding to customer questions/and or complaints, and dealing with the general public in everyday activities.
  • Must pass a medical physical examination and drug test.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Valid Class C Texas State Driver's License and safe driving record.
  • To perform this job successfully, the person in this position must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Desirable Requirements

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.



  • Endurance/Moving About: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Move from location to location.
  • Endurance/Overall strength: Heavy work. Exerts force and/or lifts or carries objects weighing up to 100 pounds occasionally.
  • Walking: Constantly (up to 2/3 of the time). Move about on foot.
  • Sitting: Frequently (1/3 or more of the time).
  • Lifting/Carrying: Periodic. Lift by manually raising or lowering an object from one level to another (including upward pulling), and/or carry transport and object, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder.
  • Pushing/Pulling: Periodic. Push by exerting force on an object so that it moves away from the force or worker (including slapping, striking, kicking, and treadle actions); and/or pull by exerting force on an object so that it moves toward the force or worker (including jerking).
  • Controls: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Use one or both arms and/or hands and /or one or either feet or legs to move controls on machinery or equipment.
  • Climbing Periodic. Ascend or descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, ropes, and the like using the feet and legs and /or hands and arms.
  • Balancing: Periodic. Maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces.
  • Bending/Stooping: Periodic. Stoop by bending the body downward or forward by flexing the spine at the waist, and /or bend by extending the spine backward or from side to side.
  • Kneeling/Crouching: Periodic. Kneel by bending the legs at the knees to come to rest on the knee or knees, and/or crouch by bending the body downward and forward by bending the legs and spine.
  • Crawling: Periodic. Move about on the hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Reaching: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Extend hands and arms in any direction.
  • Handling: Constantly (up to 2/3 of the time). Seize, hold, grasp, turn or otherwise work with the hand or hands.
  • Rotation: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Twist and turn the spine or a ball and socket joint such as the shoulder or hip.
  • Talking: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to clients or to the public and convey detailed spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Hearing: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Perceive the nature of sounds by the ear.
  • Seeing: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Obtain impressions through the eyes of the shape, size, distance, motion, color or other characteristics of objects.
  • Reading: Read water meters, written reports and instructions.
  • Writing: Able to accurately record water meter readings, record information and summary of events.



  • Location: Both inside and outside. Work is spent inside (where there is protection from weather, but not necessarily from temperature changes) and outside (where there may be no effective protection from weather).
  • Extreme Cold: Endure temperature(s) sufficiently low to cause marked bodily discomfort unless exceptional protection is used.
  • Extreme Heat: Endure temperature(s) sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort unless exceptional protection is used.
  • Wet Conditions: Endure contact with water or other liquids.
  • Noise / Vibration: Periodic. Occasionally endure noises, either constant or intermittent, or work sites.
  • Smell: Fumes chemicals, or toxic substances.
  • Shift work (including weekends and holidays) may be required.


Responsible for the oversight of Lifeguards and seasonal personnel.



Receive direction from the Parks and Recreation Supervisor and/or the Director of Parks and Recreation.



Normal working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with one hour for lunch.  Overtime may be required.  In emergencies may be called into work and work schedule will be adjusted during the emergency.



  • Support City and Department goals and objectives.
  • Serve and meet the needs of our citizens during routine or emergency situations.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team, demonstrate team skills, and perform a fair share of team responsibilities.
  • Plan and organize his/her work, time and resources, and, if applicable, that of subordinates.
  • Contribute to the development of others, to the Department, and the City.
  • Produce desired work outcomes including quality, quantity and timeliness.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, supervisors, subordinates and people to whom service is provided.
  • Understand and value differences in employees and value input from others.
  • Consistently report to work and work assignments prepared and on schedule.
  • Consistently display a positive behavior with regard to work, willingly accept constructive criticism and be respectful of others.



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City of Bay City and the employee and is subject to change by the City of Bay City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.  The City of Bay City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In compliance with the American’s with Disability Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Formal application or letter of interest, rating of education and experience; oral interview, reference and criminal background checks, and drug screens are required.  In addition, job related tests may also be required.

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