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S.T.E.P. into Employment!

The City of New Westminster is excited to pilot a new Scholarship Training Employment Program (S.T.E.P.) for Lifeguard and Swim Instructor positions. We are looking for applicants 16+ years from all walks of life: students, parents returning to the work force, retirees looking to keep social and active etc.

Successful applicants will be provided training to acquire certification in Standard First Aid, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, National Lifesaving, and Breaking Waves Learn to Swim Instructor. All courses or certifications required by the posting will be paid for by the City. After candidates complete their courses they will be hired and employed by the City. In return, S.T.E.P. employees are required to work a minimum of one regularly scheduled weekly shift during four operational seasons within a two year period.

Lifeguards and Swim Instructors are invaluable to our community aquatics programs. These positions provide a safe and enjoyable experience to pool patrons and teach participants of all ages lifesaving skills through our Breaking Waves Learn to Swim Program. Please encourage the friendly, available to work, strong-swimmers you know to apply, yourself included!

Requirements to apply, the training process, and deadlines can be found below.

Applications close March 22.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Must be 16+ years  
  • Must be able to commit to the training dates provided in the S.T.E.P. posting
  • Must have a swimming ability of Swim for Life - Swimmer 9, Red Cross - Swim Kids 10, or Breaking Waves - School Age 11.
  • Must be able to meet the swim test requirements from bronze Medallion (400 m in 12 minutes) and Bronze Cross (400 m in 11 minutes)
  • Has a demonstrated financial need as a barrier to participating in required certification courses.
  • Committed to work set scheduled shifts based on employee’s seasonal availability. At a minimum the employee will be available one regularly scheduled shift per week for four operational seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall) within the two year period immediately following completion of certifications. Seasonal commitments are determined by the availability of the candidates.
  • Looking for growth, learning, and skill development opportunities within the City of New Westminster

Completing the S.T.E.P. process:

Step 1 - Look for City of New Westminster Employee Opportunities that have S.T.E.P. cited in the position and competition number.

Step 2 - Apply for a S.T.E.P. job posting and training timeline that works for you.

Step 4 - Selected applicants will be contacted to participate in an interview process.

Step 5 - Successful applicants will be required to complete a Police Information Check (paid for by the City) and complete the training certification courses stated in the S.T.E.P. job posting.

Step 6 - S.T.E.P. candidates will go through an established City of New Westminster onboarding process:  references, orientation, and paperwork – including signing of a S.T.E.P. contract, and become a City employee.

Step 7 - S.T.E.P. employees fulfill their contract and work, at minimum, one regularly scheduled weekly shift in four operational seasons within a two year period. Scheduled shifts will be determined by employees’ availability submission each season. 

Date posted:March 9, 2023