Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) - Full Time

University of Leeds - Commercial & Campus Support Services, Facilities Directorate

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Section: Sport & Physical Activity (SPA)

Category: Operational Support

Interview Date: Thursday 12 January 2017

You will be responsible for providing a safe environment to customers at our fitness and sport complex at the University of Leeds. The University has recently invested £1.2M to expand ‘The Edge’ sports facility and provides state of the art fitness and class equipment, offering a range of classes and aquatics activities and 25 metre 8 lane swimming pool.

Working as part of a small team, this role is critical to ensuring that the environment is safe for use and that a high level of customer service is maintained at all times. Alongside your responsibility for lifeguarding, additional duties will include undertaking cleaning tasks and ensuring that sport areas and equipment is set up and moved safely. You will also be required to cover for the Senior Recreation Assistant and other members of the team when requested. There will also be a requirement for you to cover reception duties at some of our smaller sites which would include taking bookings, cash handling, using our leisure management system and directing and providing information to customers as and when required.

You will have a current Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS) lifeguard qualification (or equivalent) and ideally have experience working as a lifeguard. You will have excellent communication skills and have a helpful attitude towards customers, with the ability to work independently and also as part of a team. You will also be able to maintain a positive attitude, whilst working under pressure and during challenging situations.


You will be required to work a 35 hour week on a shift basis which will include the requirement for you to work days, evenings and weekends. Shifts would typically start at 6:00am and finish at 2:30pm for early shifts, and start at 2:30pm finishing at 11:00pm for late shifts. Weekend shifts would typically start at 8:00am finishing at 3:00pm or start at 2:30pm finishing at 9:30pm.

Informal enquiries may be made to Gemma Smales, Duty Manager, tel +44 (0)113 343 5097, email

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