Join Our Team

Join our team and we will pay for certifications! If you are willing to commit to six months of employment, we will offer the training for free (up to a $250) value.

Not a great swimmer! We have positions for you to work, and we will work with you to improve your swimming to pass the test!

Interested? Just complete a job interest card, and a management staff member will contact you. It is that easy:)!

Why work with us? Lifeguarding is a great job to work around your academic and school activities. It is also a great job in college with work study opportunities.

Other Information

The Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Pool District (The District) continually builds a high-quality workforce, fosters a positive work culture and promotes a learning environment.  Training and certifications are available to ensure delivery of exceptional customer service to our District and surrounding communities.

The District is continually looking for committed individuals to join our team. We have many opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. All current opportunities are listed below. If you don’t see something currently of interest, you are welcome to submit an application and cover letter at any time. Your application will be kept on file for one year and you may be contacted as positions come available.

The District is located in Des Moines, which is a suburb of Seattle. It is on the Puget Sound with views of the Olympics and Mount Rainier. For more information on Des Moines, click here.

Please specify the position or type of position you are interested in.

To be considered for hire we require:

Please submit it to:

Jared Wold, Aquatics Coordinator
22722 19th Avenue So.
Des Moines, WA 98198
Or email:

Below are positions that are now available.


Lifeguarding & Other Part-Time Positions


Certification and Training Opportunities (Updated 3/20/2024)

The District continually offers Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Certifications. We are building an interest list for potential candidates. If you are interested in signing up for our notification list of upcoming trainings, please email Emmitt Sevores, Lead Head Lifeguard at or call him at (206) 824-4722.


    • SWIM INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: Click here to sign up for notifications of next class. We plan on having a training in Early Summer(June) and more future dates to be announced. Exact dates and times for all classes are to be determined. All participants must be able to meet the following physical requirements:
      • Must be 16 years or older at completion of course
        • Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke – 25 yards
        • Butterfly – 15 yards
        • Back float for 1 minute (floating or sculling)
        • Tread water for 1 minute
    • LIFEGUARD TRAINING: Click here to sign up for notifications of next class. We plan on having a training the week of Highline School District Winter Break and Spring Break (April), Early Summer(June) and Late Summer (August). We may add or cancel a class time depending on interest. Dates for all classes are to be determined, as they are dependent on applicant and instructor availability. All participants must be able to meet the following physical requirements:
      • Must be 15 years or older at completion of course
      • Swim 300 yards continuously
      • Tread water for two minutes using only legs
      • Complete a timed event in 1 minute 40 seconds (Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.)
      • NEXT CLASS: (Updated 03/22/2024) The next class is June 27-29, 2024.  Click here for more information.  Please call Emmitt at (206) 824-4722 or email him at  for more information.
    • LIFEGUARD REVIEW: Click here  to sign up for notification of next class. Lifeguarding Review classes are designed to update your skills and to renew your current Red Cross Lifeguarding certification valid for another 2 years. 
    • FREE CERTIFICATION ELIGIBILITY: Free certifications are available for those that are willing to commit to working with the Mount Rainier Pool. Contact us for more detailed information. This program is sponsored by the Legacy Foundation.
      • ADULT SWIM LESSONS: Teens (15+) and adults that are interested in lifeguarding and swim instruction may audit adult swim lessons to improve their skills to take lifeguard and swim instructor certification courses. All audited swim lesson classes must be approved by management and have open spots. Contact us for more information.
    Full-Time Positions


    • No positions open at this time.
    Board Vacancies


    • There are no board vacancies at this time.
    Public Notice

    The Des Moines Metropolitan Park District does not discriminate in its employment practices or in admission to its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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    May 19 Schedule Update (Expanded Hours). Click here for more information.