Become a PDOP Lifeguard


    • Complete your application. No resume is required!
    • Look for your email invitation to our swim test – the next test is scheduled for Apr 7, 2024.
      • Swim test requirements: swim 100 yards, tread water for 2 minutes, retrieve brick from 12 feet
    • Upon passing swim test, you’ll receive an offer letter.
    • Prepare for training and showing professionalism during the interview. Licensing is to begin in May, details will be upon hiring.


    • 15+ years of age (must be 15 by June 1, 2024)
    • Able to pass three swim requirements offered through a swim test
      • Swim test requirements: swim 100 yards, tread water for 2 minutes, retrieve brick from 12 feet
    • Able to work 4-5 shifts, or approximately 30 hours per week, during the pool season (Memorial Day – Labor Day)


    • $15.75 hourly wage
    • 30+ hours per week, with flexibility to accommodate school and sport schedules
    • Job shifts ranging from mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends
    • Paid training and licensing provided by the Park District (lifeguard, CPR/AED and First Aid)
    • Unlimited life skills!

At the Park District of Oak Park, we’re committed to providing our community with the highest quality of lifeguard services in the area. We are recognized among the best in the world and have earned numerous awards for our training, expertise, and skills. To earn these top honors, we train our hires to a level of excellence to position them to succeed each and every day. In addition to superior lifeguarding skills, PDOP lifeguards earn life skills that will benefit them today and long into the future.

Work-readiness skills: PDOP’s lifeguard program is a great conduit to skill development. Our guards build leadership skills, understand the value teamwork, and learn responsibility, time management, and organizational skills as well! These life-long skills will serve them in life and future employment endeavors.

Community: Our staff aren’t just lifeguards—they’re a diverse group of determined youth who all bring something unique to this job as they serve the community. They spend the summer training, working, and having fun together which very often results in lifelong friendships. They respect and support one another and work together to keep Oak Park pools open.

Hybrid position options, and advancement opportunities:  You can split your hours between lifeguarding and swim instruction if you desire! This kind of flexibility option helps to keep things interesting.

Recognition opportunities: We have intrinsic award systems to congratulate staffers who go the extra mile! Earn recognition for number of saves, audits, drills, and more!

Opportunities for Growth: We welcome our lifeguards back summer after summer as long as they are willing and able. And, what’s more? There are opportunities to growth! Our lifeguards who share our mission have the opportunity to advance through employment, taking on more responsibility and leadership roles. Join our team and enjoy the path:


Kayla LindgrenContact
(708) 725-2315

Program & Operations Manager

What Our Lifeguards Have to Say:

See the Lifeguards in Action

Rehm Pool is opening Saturday, May 25! Ridgeland Pool opens Tuesday, May 28 for lap swim only. Click the button to view pool schedules.

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