Lava Hot Springs Foundation Employment

Open Positions:

Lifeguard Job

Job Description: A lifeguard’s job is prevention. Lifeguards are able to caution swimmers and divers regarding unsafe practices and pool rules. A lifeguard is watchful, patient, and mature, and s/he can enforce pool policies in a polite, assertive manner. In addition, s/he will recognize and respond to emergency situations, including rescuing swimmers in danger of drowning, and follow established emergency action procedures. Lifeguards are able to accurately complete incident reports. S/he will have secondary duties including helping to keep facility clean and performing pool opening and closing duties. Lifeguards will also help in the swimming pool office as needed. Lifeguards will operate slides and may assist with ground keeping duties if interested. The positions are available from mid-May through Labor Day, and shifts are approximately 11am until 8pm. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and utilize emergency response skills.

Requirements: Applicants demonstrate comfort in the deep water and are able to swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl and breaststroke. Within a time limit and without goggles, applicants can retrieve a 10 pound brick from deep water and exit the pool at the edge without using a ladder or stairs. Candidates have a strong swimming kick: able to tread water with head above water and hands in armpits for two minutes. Candidates will be at least 15 years old and hold certificates in first aid, CPR, AED use, and lifeguarding. Lifeguards are able to work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when needed.

Compensation: $9.40/hour with the opportunity to work up to 40 hours/week.  As a Lava Hot Springs Foundation employee, a lifeguard is given free entry to the Olympic Swimming Complex and the World Famous Hot Pools for his or herself, spouse, and dependent children.

Get Certified: American Red Cross Lifeguarding Classes to be held in Lava Hot Springs for as little as $50. For more information about becoming a certified lifeguard please contact:

Karen, Aquatics Manager
(208) 251-5230 or Email Us 
*Taking this course does not guarantee employment.


General Job Application Instructions:

ATTENTION: PDF must be downloaded and opened with the latest version of Adobe Reader on all devices. Just clicking on the Employment Application link may open it within your browser and you may not be able to submit it. We recommend using a computer for the best experience and results.

  1. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader for ComputerAndroid,  iPhone & iPad.
  2. Computer: Right click on this link Employment Application and choose "Save Link As" from the drop down menu.
  3. Android/IPhones: If you MUST use an iPhone or iPad: Tap the application link above. When it downloads tap the document and tap "Open in". Tap "Open in Adobe Acrobat". Adobe Reader should open if it is installed.
  4. Fill out the application.
  5. Click the "Submit by Email" at the bottom of the form. Attach any relative or current certifications to the email. 
  6. Print it and sign it and mail it with copies of any relative or current certifications to:

    The Lava Hot Springs Foundation
    Attn:  Employment Applications
    PO Box 669
    Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246

  7. Or drop the completed application by our main office at the World Famous Hot Pools at 430 E. Main Street in Lava Hot Springs.
  8. You may also pick up an application at our office.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Courses Offered at the Indoor Aquatic Center

Class planned for May 30, 2020. Limited to 10 per class.

*Taking this course does not guarantee employment.

Contact instructor with questions.  Pre-registration preferred.  

(208) 776-5221 x 11003 / Email us


Lifeguard Re-certification Course - must be currently certified

Total of 13 hours 

Cost & Location

  • $75 per person for non-LHSF employees—includes pool time and certification fees.
  • 195 N. Center Street, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho 83246

*Prerequisite Skills

  • Candidates demonstrate comfort in deep water and are able to swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl and breaststroke (no time limit).
  • Within a time limit of 1 minute 40 seconds and without goggles, candidates can swim 20 yards to retrieve a 10 pound brick from deep water, swim 20 yards on his or her back to the starting point (while holding the brick with both hands and with face above the surface of the water for breathing), and exit the pool at the edge without using a ladder or stairs
  • Candidates are able to tread water for two minutes using only legs (head is kept above water and hands are in armpits).

Other Information

  • Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be certified in CPR, AED use, first aid, oxygen administration, and lifeguard. 
  • Certificates are valid for 2 years.

Contact instructor with questions.  Pre-registration preferred.  

(208) 776-5221 x 11003 / Email us


Returning Staff - Summer Help at Olympic Swimming Complex

If you worked for the Foundation in previous years, left in good standing, and are interested in working for the Foundation the summer, you must…

  • Contact office for return staff agreement by May 30, 2020.  If we do not receive the contract by this date, we will assume you do not want to work at the Foundation this summer.
  • Be available to work at least two (or more) of the following holidays or holiday weekends:  Memorial Day, July 4th, Pioneer Day, and Labor Day.
  • LGs:  Attend ONE at least one of the In-Services
  • Be up-to-date in your CPR and/or LG certifications.
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