Aquatics Program Specialist

City of Missoula, MT

Aquatics Program Specialist

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Aquatics Program Specialist


$25.75 – $28.30 Hourly


Missoula, Montana

Job Type

Regular, Full-Time

Job Number



Parks & Recreation


P&R Aquatics

Opening Date






Do you love the water? Missoula Parks and Recreation Aquatics Programs celebrate a community connected to the water by providing safe, healthy, fun, water-related programs. The Program Specialist will respond to a variety of customer needs and requests while providing expectational customer service and support to facility users and visitors.

Details: Applicant screening will begin onThursday, November 16, 2023 . The priority deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm. Please apply b y this date to ensure timely consideration of your application. Applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established and the position is filled.

To Apply: All applicants must submit theC ity of Missoula Application.

Resumes will not be reviewed. All details should be entered on the application.

The posted wage range is the starting wage range only. The full range for the position is $25.75 – $30.00/hour and will increase each year for longevity and cost of living adjustments.

Essential Functions

Create and maintain multiple innovative and inclusive aquatics recreation programs.

Train, direct workflow, schedule, and monitor performance of assigned program staff.

Develop proposed program budgets, and fee schedules; apply for and administer grants.

Oversee program and event schedules, facility rentals, participant communication, marketing and community outreach, on-site evaluations of programs and special events, including coordinating volunteers for events and other programs.

Lead and facilitate programs, special events, and staff safety trainings.

Monitor adherence to safety and risk management policies and procedures; assist with coordinating safety and training for aquatics and recreation programs.

Conduct follow-up evaluations with program participants and staff; assess program success rates and recommend future changes.

Oversee safety and sanitation of facilities and equipment; manage inventory and purchase equipment and supplies.

Perform other duties, as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, including budgets, planning, program development, fundraising, and directing and training staff and volunteers.

Knowledge of and ability interpret and promote departmental safety considerations, City safety policies, OSHA standards and guidelines, and the Americans for Disabilities Act.

Knowledge of the technical operations and skill in designing and facilitating multiple aquatics recreation and educational programs and special events.

Skill in using various computer software and databases, including Microsoft 365, and the ability to learn job specific applications and equipment.

Skill in maintaining various aquatics facilities, indoor/outdoor pools and splash decks, etc.

Skill in managing multiple projects while prioritizing tasks with shifting priorities and timeline demands.

Skill in communicating, in person and writing, with the proven ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with diverse individuals.

Ability to resolve conflict with facilitating outcomes while maintaining a calm demeanor.

Ability to learn City and departmental policies, procedures, and practices.

Ability to learn program specific technical components, such as: pool chemistry, disinfectant systems, pumps, and filtration.

Working Conditions:

Work environment may involve occasional exposure to unavoidable weather conditions, occupational hazards, and physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

Position involves substantial contact with citizens and considerable travel from site to site.

Position involves frequent submersion in swimming pool water as part of operating aquatics programs.

Qualifications and Additional Application Materials

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to five (5) years of aquatics or recreation program lead experience or another relevant field.

Must have a valid Montana drivers license with a verified acceptable driving record, or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.

Must have First Aid/ CPR, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.

Must have a Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.

Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor certification, preferred.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. The City of Missoula will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

This summary outlines the benefit programs; actual benefits may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

The City of Missoula will reward your contributions to our community with competitive compensation and generous benefits, including but not limited to:

Market-Competitive Salary

Work/life balance, including the possibility of flexible schedules and remote work opportunities

$0 premium for health and dental coverage for employees and affordable premiums for family coverage

$10,000 Employer-sponsored Accidental Death and Dismemberment Life Insurance Policy

Options for supplemental life, disability, critical illness, and accident

Constitutionally guaranteed retirement plan ( with the City contributing 8.77% of salary on your behalf and the ability to contribute to a supplemental deferred compensation program

Generous paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays

Pre-tax flexible spending accounts

The City of Missoula may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Look here ( to learn more and understand whether you may be eligible.

Additional benefits package information is available here ( .


Are you American Red Cross (or other nationally recognized certifying organization) Water Safety Instructor certified?




How many years have you taught swim lessons?


How many years have you worked as a lifeguard?


How many years have you worked as a lifeguard or swim instructor manager?

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City of Missoula


435 Ryman Street

Human Resources

Missoula, Montana, 59802





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