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Lifeguard certification is not required in order to apply. If you have a certification, please make sure to list it in your resume.

As a part of the in-person interview, we will be assessing the applicant's swimming capabilities. The applicant must:

  • Have a swimsuit.
  • Be able to swim 100 meters (two laps) continuously, utilizing either front crawl or breaststroke
  • Be able to retrieve a brick - Swim one length of the pool, go down 3 feet, retrieve a 10lb brick from the bottom of the pool, and swim it back to the start in under 50 seconds.
  • Be able to tread water for 2 minutes without using your hands and touching the bottom of the pool

As a condition of hire, you must attend and pass an American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguard Course. This course is being offered in person from April 18,19, & 20th. There are no additional costs to take this course. 

If you are not able to pass the in-person skills tests interview and attend this course, then you cannot be hired. 

Interview dates/times: Now - September 8. Interviews are in person.

If hired, you must attend:

  • April 1-4: Interviews
  • Lifeguard Course: April 18,19,20th
  • April 23 and 24: Department Orientation


Please visit our Campus Recreation Student Employment page for more information about the application and hiring process. Here is some information to review before applying.

  • Applicants must submit a resume with their submission and fully complete the application process which includes submitting a supplement applicant information
  • You must click apply externally in Handshake AND complete this Qualtrics questionnaire in its entirety by the deadline to be considered for this position. Applicants will have to answer three questions in the external application which are below.
  • Once you click "apply Externally", please return to Handshake and click "Yes" to the question that asks, " Did you finish your application?". Once you answer yes, you will see the words "Application submitted," and the process will be complete.
  • If you are a work-study student, please apply for the work-study job posting. If you aren’t sure if you have work-study please visit the work-study webpage on the financial aid website.
  • You will need your work-study work permit if you are hired. Go ahead and begin getting it if you don't already have it. Visit the financial aid website.
  • We recommend utilizing Career Development for help with your resume and interview skills
  • You must apply to each Campus Recreation position on Handshake that interests you.


Hiring requirements for all Campus Recreation positions

  • Must be a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce who is currently enrolled or pre-registered in classes holding at least part-time status of 6 hours for undergraduate and 3 hours for graduate.
  • Must pass State of Texas background check


Job requirements for all Campus Recreation positions

  • Student workers can only work up to 19 hours/week while classes are in session. (This applies to all positions worked on campus.)
  • Attend mandatory meetings, training, and in-services
  • Follow and enforce all Campus Recreation policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of and ability to promote Campus Recreation programs
  • Serve as an integral role in the Campus Recreation Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  • Possess excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work well with members of the A&M-Commerce Community
  • Must be in good academic standing with the University
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the University

Summary of Responsibilities:

The lifeguard position monitors and ensures patrons' safety in the Great OutRoars facility’s pool, spa, basketball courts, and outdoor seating areas.

Supervision: Coordinator of Aquatics and Facility Operations

Starting Pay rate: $12/hour

Hours/Week: Up to 19 hrs a week during the semester

Level: Entry

Primary Duties:

  • Enforce all Great OutRoars, Campus Recreation, and University policies and procedures
  • Maintain facility cleanliness and safety
  • Activate facility Emergency Action Plan (EAP) when necessary and provide appropriate care
  • Perform American Red Cross lifeguarding life-saving rescues
  • Perform other duties as assigned