Park Authority Rec Centers

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927
Fairfax, VA 22035

Brian Laws,
Operations Manager

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  • $100 net sign up BONUS*
  • $100 net retention BONUS*
  • FREE summer access to all 9 Rec Centers with fitness centers, pools and more. A $100+ value!

*FCPA will provide a $100 net sign up and $100 net retention bonus for any summer seasonal employee who works from Memorial Day OR the start of the program through Labor Day OR the end of the program.


Interested in becoming a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor? These courses covers skills and knowledge necessary to become a certified Lifeguard or Swim Instructor. Contact your Rec Center for more information.

Lifeguard Job Description

Position Title: Lifeguard

Overview: The Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring enthusiastic, responsible, friendly, communicators dedicated to providing outstanding customer service, all while maintaining the highest level of safety for our customers and staff.

Location: We’re hiring Lifeguards at all our Rec Centers in Fairfax County, Va.

Audrey Moore Rec Center

8100 Braddock Road

Annandale, VA, 22003

Cub Run Rec Center

4630 Stonecroft Blvd.

Chantilly, VA, 20151

George Washington Rec Center

8426 Old Mount Vernon Rd

Alexandria, VA, 22309

Lee District Rec Center

6601 Telegraph Rd

Alexandria, VA, 22310

Mount Vernon Rec Center

2017 Belle View Blvd

Alexandria, VA, 22307

Oak Marr Rec Center

3200 Jermantown Rd

Oakton, VA, 22124

Providence Rec Center

7525 Marc Dr

Falls Church, VA, 22042

South Run Rec Center

7550 Reservation Dr,

Springfield, VA, 22153

Spring Hill Rec Center

1239 Spring Hill Road

McLean, VA, 22102


  • Opening and midday shift times vary between 6am to 4pm.
  • Weekday evenings shift times vary between 4pm to 9:30pm.
  • Weekend shift times vary between 7:30am to 7pm.


  • Weekday opening and midday positions start at $15.00 per hour.
  • Weekday evenings and weekend positions rage from $11.00 to $15.00 per hour.

Duties Include:

  • Prevents accidents and drownings and performs rescue and emergency care as needed.  Ensures the health and safety of individuals in the pool/spa, locker rooms, and surrounding areas through enforcement of park policies, pool/spa rules, and local health department regulations, as well as application of safety standards and pool surveillance (10/20 rule).
  • Performs daily cleaning and maintenance duties relating to the pool/spa, locker rooms, and surrounding areas as well as equipment associated with these areas.
  • Provides excellent customer service.  Assists patrons daily with lost and found, locker problems, phone calls, questions, etc., daily.
  • Administers First Aid to public and staff as needed.
  • Maintains water and rescue skills at “test ready” levels through required in-service training and attendance at monthly staff meetings.
  • Participates in set-up, breakdown, and cleaning associated with special events and rentals held in the pool area.
  • Completes other duties and tasks assigned by Head Guard, supervisor, or Duty Manager, as well as assists Park staff with other site operations and events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be at least 15 years of age to apply.
  • Applicants are required to pass a lifeguard certification course, which is provided at no cost.
  • Course prerequisites include:
    • Swim 100 yards continuously using a front crawl or breaststroke.
    • Retrieve a 10-pound dive brick from the deepest part of the facility’s pool.
    • Tread water without hands for one minute.


  • Free unlimited use of the Rec Center where you work.
  • Free lifeguard training including a license and CPR & First Aid (a $250 value!).
  • Those seeking advancement could be promoted to a Lifeguard II and then a Head Lifeguard.
  • This position is great entry level training for those seeking careers in police, military, medical, and fire and rescue.

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date.  Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process.  New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.  

Note: We are hiring to fill seasonal and part-time benefits eligible positions.

  • Seasonal positions may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for benefits and are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay. 
  • Part-time benefits eligible positions are scheduled to work a minimum 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year. This position is eligible to receive limited benefits, including Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance Coverage, Flexible Spending Program, and Deferred Compensation.

Fill out the below form to apply!

If you have any questions, please email or visit our Jobs webpage.

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