Parks and Recreation

Under general supervision from the Recreation Director, provides daily operation, supervision and maintenance of the Dilboy swimming pool. 

Essential Functions: 

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type 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. 

  • Assists the Director in hiring swimming pool personnel. 
  • Assists the Director in establishing policies, procedures and safety rules for pool Personnel and general public. 
  • Supervises approximately eighteen seasonal pool workers, including lifeguards, and front desk cashiers. 
  • Responsible for overseeing schedules of all workers, maintaining time sheets and records, and assist Director in performance evaluations on all employees at the facility. 
  • Responsible for collecting, counting and itemizing swimming pool receipts. Including deposits. 
  • Responsible for ordering chemicals and daily maintenance of the pool. 
  • Performs related duties as required by the Director, including painting and other general maintenance duties in the facility. 
  • Record and organize accurate records concerning attendance, accident reports, chlorine readings, and schedules. 
  • Handle routine disciplinary issues and communicate with the Director when necessary. 
  • Assist with the daily maintenance of pool and administer pump room procedures including chemical readings, balancing, and filtration. 
  • Monitor pool, equipment, decks, facility as a whole, locker rooms, patrons, and staff in order to maintain a safe environment. 
  • Assist with the planning of pre-season and in-service training sessions and participate in life-saving skill practices. 
  • Enforce all aquatics facility rules, policies, and procedures. 
  • Assist with facility set-up and break down on a daily basis. 

Supervision Required 

Under general direction, employee plans and prioritizes the majority of work independently, in accordance with standard practices and previous training. Employee is expected to solve most problems of detail or unusual situations by adapting methods or interpreting instructions accordingly. Instructions for new assignments or special projects usually consist of statements of desired objectives, deadlines and priorities. Technical and policy problems or changes in procedures are discussed with supervisor. Work is generally reviewed only for technical adequacy, appropriateness of actions or decisions, and conformance with policy or other requirements; the methods used in arriving at the end result are not usually reviewed in detail. 

Supervisory Responsibility 

Supervises approximately eighteen seasonal pool workers, including lifeguards, and front desk cashiers. 


The nature of the professional or technical work means that errors in analysis, techniques or recommendations would probably be difficult to detect. Consequences of errors, missed deadlines or poor judgment could result in excessive costs, delay of service delivery, severe injury, or legal repercussions to the municipality. 


The work requires examining, analyzing and evaluating facts and circumstances surrounding individual problems, situations or transactions, and determining actions to be taken within the limits of standard or accepted practices. Guidelines include a large body of policies, practices, and precedents which may be complex or conflicting, at times. Judgment is used in analyzing specific situations to determine appropriate actions. Employee is expected to weigh efficiency and relative priorities in conjunction with procedural concerns in decision making. Requires the understanding, and applying federal, the state and local regulations. 


The work consists of the practical application of a variety of concepts, practices and specialized techniques relating to a professional or technical field. Assignments typically involve ensuring users follow facility rules, notifying Director of safety concerns, 

Nature and Purpose of Personal Contacts

Relationships are primarily with co-workers and the public involving frequent explanation, discussion or interpretation of practices, procedures, regulations or guidelines in order to render service, plan or coordinate work efforts, or resolve operating problems. Other regular contacts are with service recipients and employees of outside organizations. More than ordinary courtesy, tact and diplomacy may be required to resolve complaints or deal with hostile, uncooperative or uninformed persons. 


Employee has access to confidential information obtained during the performance of the regular duties of the position. 


Recommended Minimum Qualifications 

Education and Experience: High school diploma or any equivalent of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Must be at least 21 years old. 

Certifications/Licenses: Valid driver’s license. Current Lifeguarding/First Aid/AED. Water Safety and Certified Pool Operator license preferred. 

Good knowledge of: life, safety, and health codes for public swimming pools; safety procedures for storing, handling, and using toxic chemicals. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

Ability to use basic hand tools, lubrication equipment, meters, electric hand tools, water tester, pool vacuum, power washer, and water test kits. 

Ability to work in safe and efficient manner. 

Must display leadership abilities, be able to command the respect of pool staff as well as patrons, and be able to delegate duties when needed. 

Must have effective decision making skills, public relation skills, and mathematics comprehension. 

Working Environment 

Spends time both indoors and outdoors with regular exposure to extreme hot, cold, or humid temperatures for one hour plus. Possible exposure to distracting/uncomfortable noise levels. Risk of bodily injury from mechanical parts, electricity, etc. Possible exposure to fumes, odors, etc. that may affect respiration and skin.

Physical Requirements 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions. 

Sitting, standing, walking, climbing/ladders, squatting/kneeling, reaching, grasping, pushing/pulling, twisting/bending, lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs. multiple times per shift, talking, hearing, and seeing. 

Motor Skills 

Duties are both mental and physical; the job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. 

Visual Skills 

Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Must possess adequate vision to distinguish colors and shades of color. 

The intent of this job specification is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this specification 

Application Procedure: 

Send your resume and cover letter by May 31, 2018 to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Part Time
$18-$23 an hour
Open Until Filled: 
Application Start Date: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Application End Date: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018