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Employment Opportunities

The aquatic programs at Penn State University offer a variety of employment and educational opportunities for University and high school students and experienced adults as well. All of our employment positions include both work-study and wage payroll opportunities.  Preference will be given to students with a work study award.



Lifeguarding at Penn State aquatic facilities is a great way to maintain your water safety skills and certifications while also earning some extra money. 

Applicants must be currently certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Oxygen Administration. (We offer reduced cost training in Oxygen Administration for those needing this certification).

Acceptable lifeguarding certifications include only the following programs.  If you were certified by a different program (e.g. Beach Rescue, USLA, RLSA), you would have to first complete one of the following approved courses in order to be eligible to work.

      • American Red Cross Lifeguarding / First Aid / CPR/AED
      • YMCA Lifeguarding
      • StarGuard Lifeguarding
      • Ellis & Associates Lifeguarding Certification**

        ** Note: E&A "Licenses" may not be automatically transferable There may be a process to "release" your license or issue you a certification at an additional fee. You will need to speak with E&A or your employer/instructor if you have an E&A license rather than an E&A Certification.

Our expectations for all Penn State lifeguards are very high. Our lifeguards are highly trained and work to polish their skills and abilities throughout the course of their employment. Once hired, lifeguards undergo a pre-service training program before assuming lifeguarding responsibilities. Then all lifeguards participate in an ongoing program of in-service training, for a total of four hours of training per month. Completion of this training is a condition of employment. It is this commitment to excellence that separates Penn State lifeguards from others. Please review our Code of Conduct as well as our Lifeguard Evaluation to get a better understanding of lfieguard expectations.

If you think you have what it takes to become a Penn State lifeguard, please download and review our Lifeguarding Application Packet. Completed applications may be returned to Meredith Stille at the McCoy Natatorium.

Pre-Employment Skills & Knowledge Test

Those applicants that meet our eligibility requirements will be invited to participate in a skills and knowledge evaluation (written exam) which includes lifeguarding and CPR/AED skills in addition to timed swimming events. This evaluation may take up to 3 hours to complete. We will then select our strongest applicants for individual interviews with our management team before a final selection is made.

Please come to the pre-employment test prepared with:

  • Original Lifeguarding / First Aid / CPR / AED certificate(s). Copies of certificates or letters from instructors are not acceptable. We must see the original certification / license.
    • If you completed a class but your certificates have not arrived, we will make every effort to work with you to see what options are available. However, we must maintain a copy of your certificate on file.
  • Proof of Eligibility to Work in the U.S. (Federal I-9 Form explained below)
  • Cancelled check or banking information - If offered a position you be asked to complete the Automatic Payroll Deposit Form for payroll purposes.
  • Bathing Suit
  • Towel
  • CPR Pocket Mask
  • Uniform deposit ($20 Cash/Check) - If offered a position, lifeguards will be required to contribute about 50% ($20) toward their Penn State lifeguard uniform. Each September thereafter, lifeguards will receive a $30 "Guard Cash" allowance to be applied to the purchase of additional uniform items.
Summer Pre-employment Skills Test
Wednesday, April 1st 8PM
Thursday, April 2nd 4:30PM
Monday, April 6th


Tuesday, April 7th 4:30PM
Friday, April 10th 9AM


If you are interested in working during the Summer of 2015, please email:

Meredith Stille for more information!



To reserve a space, please contact Meredith Stille Assistant Director of Aquatics.


Proof of Eligibility to Work in the U.S.

If offered a position, you will need to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the U.S. Various documents can be used to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S.  Most frequently, persons offered a postion will show an ORIGINAL

  • U.S. Passport (Current); or
  • BOTH a Driver's License AND Social Security Card.

Other documents are also acceptable.  For a list of other documents that the government will accept as proof of your eligibility to work in the U.S. please see the federal I-9 form which you will be asked to complete upon hire.

According to federal law, without ORIGINAL documents, employers are not allowed to hire you. Please come to school prepared with ORIGINAL documents. Photocopies or scanned images are not accepted.


Prepare for your skills test and written exam!


Many lifeguard applicants can perform the required swimming skills, but are very challenged with passing the knowledge components of the written exam. First Aid and CPR/AED seem to be areas where lifeguard applicants tend to be very weak. We strongly encourage you to review your lifeguarding and CPR textbooks in preparation for your written exam. This is even more important if you haven't looked at the books since the first time you took your lifeguarding class.

Below are free digital copies of the current American Red Cross lifeguarding participant manual as well as the NEW CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider course. The pre-hire exam is based upon the new ECC 2010 CPR Standards, in which there are a few significant differences from the old ECC 2005 Standards. Please review all materials carefully to maximize your test score.

Link to the NEW American Red Cross Lifeguarding participant manual:


Link to the NEW American Red Cross CPR Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers workbook:




If you have questions about working as a Penn State lifeguard, please contact Meredith Stille, Assistant Aquatics Director.