Become a Lifeguard


The Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department is now hiring lifeguards for the 2023 Aquatics Season

Lifeguard Referral Program 

$50 for 1 Referral | $75 for 2 Referrals | $100 for 3 or More Referrals

*For qualifications and more details call: 972-216-6260

Want to become a Lifeguard?

Check out the information below to learn how to become a member of our Aquatics Team!


More about the position

  • Lifeguard Certification paid for by the City ($250 value)
  • Starting pay is $15.00 per hour for a first-year guard. *Pay increases with every year of experience, up to four years
  • Promotional opportunities to Head Guard and Pool Supervisor available 
  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • Must have obtained or be able to obtain appropriate Lifeguard Training Certification
  • Pools open May 27, 2023 and close on Labor Day, September 4, 2023

How do I become certified? 

Several additional agencies offer certification as well, two local options are the American Red Cross and the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center

Enrollment into the Lifeguard course is strictly limited to those who can successfully complete the following prerequisite swimming skills:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing (can use freestyle or breaststroke, no sidestroke or backstroke)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps

The Hiring Process

Apply online by filling out an application on the City of Mesquite employment page. Qualified applicants will be contacted to set up an in-person interview. Applicants who are offered a contingent offer of employment must pass a drug test, criminal history background check and social security number verification. For questions about summer aquatic positions please contact Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 972-216-6260 or the Human Resources department at 972-216-6218