Photo Courtesy of Scottsdale Aquatics

With summer fast approaching, Scottsdale’s four pools are revving up for another fun-filled summer of swim lessons, recreation swim and dive teams, lap swim, and of course, open swim at the waterparks.

To offer all these activities, Scottsdale is looking to fill 74 lifeguard and swim instructor positions to safely and appropriately staff its four city pools. If minimum lifeguard levels are not met, it could lead to a reduction in pool hours of operation or elimination of lessons, lap swim or waterpark access altogether.

To help fill these important positions, Scottsdale is piloting an incentive pay program. From Sunday, May 22 through Saturday, August 27, the minimum base pay for all city of Scottsdale lifeguard/instructors will increase from the current minimum of $12.90 an hour to $14.50 an hour. Scottsdale provides training and certification, which will be reimbursed after a lifeguard has worked for the city for 90 days.

“We look forward to hiring incredible lifeguards,” says Nick Molinari, Scottsdale parks and recreation director. “Scottsdale is known for its outstanding pools with a focus on fun and safety. Our certified and trained lifeguards are what make our summers fun and successful. While lifeguarding is a serious job, it’s rewarding, and every day is different and exciting. I encourage anyone interested to apply and take a training course. We’d love to have you work with us in Scottsdale.”

Learn more about the steps needed to become a city of Scottsdale lifeguard this summer, including the required certification course, by visiting