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Anyone aged 16 or older, interested in becoming a lifeguard is welcome to participate.
Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver.
Bring a swim suit, towel and goggles.
For questions, email
or call 248.656.4657
What is a Spencer Park Lifeguard?
Spencer Park Lifeguards help keep an average of 120,000 park patrons safe every summer.
Our lifeguards work as a team to protect swimmers, maintain safety, and initiate first response medical. Lifeguards need to be at least 16 years old and have, or be able to get, Red Cross Lifeguard certified.
We often work with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department and Rochester Hills Fire Department to provide a high level of safety and security. We also work with camps, recreation departments and community groups to provide safety information.
Our guards stay in peak physical condition with daily and weekly training.
Lifeguards learn how to react in emergency situations by participating in weekly scenarios and through real life experience.
Lifeguards can work towards promotion to Lifeguard Captain learning supervisory skills.
A Spencer Park lifeguard will learn a variety of skills that will serve them for a lifetime throughout all of their endeavors. Our lifeguards commonly go on to work in fields requiring highly confident, fast thinking individuals such as law enforcement, fire fighting and medicine.
Hours & Pay
Spencer Park lifeguards work 8 hours shifts in a flexible 24 to 40 hours per week schedule, from May until September.
We work most weekends and holidays because that's when the park is busy, but it doesn't stop staff from coming together for barbecues, movie nights, and softball games.
Shifts can start as early as 8 am, and typically can go as late as 10 pm.
The Rochester Hills Department of Parks & Natural Resources has made it a goal to stay competitive with lifeguard wages. Our rate of pay is always near the top of those in the area, currently $12.70/hour! Additional perks include free fountain drinks, discounted concessions, free access to one of the nicest beaches in southeast Michigan, a fun, close group of coworkers, and you get to work outside all summer!
Becoming a Spencer Park Lifeguard
submit an application
! What could be easier? This will get the process started and you will be contacted with further steps.
All applicants must be 16 or older, and will have to pass a swimming and rescue skills test, as well as a written test. If you are a regular swimmer or have been certified as a lifeguard, you should do well on our tests.
We offer reimbursement for getting lifeguard certified! There are some requirements that we would be happy to explain if you are interested.
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