Four young lifeguards point to their lifeguard shirts while posing in front of the pool

Work at Willamalane

Join the Team 

Parks and recreation play a critical role in community health and well-being, and that's exactly why the team at Willamalane is committed to making a positive impact in Springfield. Be a part of a group of passionate individuals who value collaboration, safety, respect, equity, and inclusion.

The Perfect Summer Job 

Ready to turn your summer into an adventure? Willamalane is seeking lifeguards, youth activity leaders, and summer camp activity leaders to join the team and make a difference in the Springfield community. So, make this summer unforgettable with a job filled with purpose and fun.


Lifeguard and Instructor Hiring Days

Join the pool squad at Willamalane! Come to monthly hiring events on selected dates listed below. You'll learn more, meet the team, and jump into the pool. You might even get a job offer on the spot if you're a good fit! Willamalane fully pays for all necessary certifications so you can be ready to save lives. The minimum age requirement is 15 years old. Bring a swimsuit and towel to the event. 

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Compensation and Benefits at Willamalane

Willamalane strives to ensure all employees receive an equitable compensation package based on their position, job performance, education, and experience following Oregon Pay Equity laws. 

In addition to competitive pay, eligible employees have access to Willamalane's exceptional activities, programs, and facilities, which may also include discounts for members of their immediate households. Benefits are specified in the job announcement postings.

Employee benefits include: 

  • Access Willamalane Park Swim Center or Splash! at no cost.
  • Access district fitness centers and group exercise classes at no cost.
  • Receive 25% off the district discount rate for eligible programs (when there is no waiting list) and may receive a 50% discount on tuition of specific childcare programs.
  • Receive 25% off personal training sessions. This program is an excellent option for staff because it is flexible around your schedule and can be customized to your needs, ability, and comfort. Personal training sessions are available at Bob Keefer Center and Willamalane Park Swim Center.
  • Merit increase (3%) upon successful completion of probationary period and then annually. 
  • Annual cost of living increase (up to 4% as approved by the Board).
  • Flexible scheduling so your job works around you.

Flexible Scheduling So Your Job Works Around You!

Balancing work and play is important! That's why Willamalane offers flexible scheduling when possible to accommodate your needs and allow you to enjoy your free time fully.

Earn Extra Money with Incentives

Not only will you make a difference, but new hires for lifeguards, program leaders, and activity leaders are eligible for a bonus of up to $200 upon hiring! Refer a friend to work at Willamalane, and you'll earn another $100 to $200. In addition, if you pass a Spanish language competency test, you will be eligible for an extra $1 per hour.

Join a team at Willamalane that values collaboration, safety, respect, equity, and inclusion.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Willamalane Park and Recreation District complies with all federal and state laws concerning the recruitment and selection of personnel. It is Willamalane’s policy not to discriminate against qualified individuals or protected classes due to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status or age in regard to recruitment, hiring, promotion, termination, compensation, training or other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. 

Employment Eligibility

  • Some positions have minimum age requirements based on occupational hazards.
  • All applicants offered a position at the district must successfully complete a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • In addition, all safety-sensitive positions require successfully completing a pre-employment urine drug test. Failure of a drug test will disqualify a candidate for employment and will be ineligible to submit another application for employment with the district for six months.
  • If hired, a new employee must present documentation sufficient to establish work authorization in the United States.

A Commitment to Inclusivity: Creating Access and Affirmation for All

At Willamalane, it's a priority to cultivate a work environment that is inclusive and respectful to all individuals, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other factors. Willamalane aims to eliminate systemic oppression and make Willamalane accessible, equitable, and inclusive. The district has a strategic plan to address these issues, which you can learn about here.

By being part of the Willamalane team, you will have access to various resources that support inclusivity, including:

  • Workshops that promote understanding and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Designated time for DEI-related initiatives and projects
  • Opportunities for feedback and data collection
  • Access to wellness and mental health resources
  • The option to display preferred pronouns
  • Inclusive hiring and vendor practices
  • Engagement with diverse community groups.

Together, we can create a more inclusive and respectful community.

ADA Compliance and Reasonable Accommodation

According to OAR 105-040-0001, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Willamalane is committed to fully including all qualified individuals. Applicants or employees who need a reasonable accommodation for any stage of the recruitment and selection process should contact the human resources director or designee to engage in the interactive process.

Protected Leaves

Willamalane complies with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA), Paid Leave Oregon (PLO), and Oregon Sick Leave laws

Veterans’ Preference

Oregon’s veterans’ preference law requires Willamalane to grant a preference to qualified and eligible veterans and disabled veterans at each stage in the hiring and/or promotion process. To be qualified for veterans’ preference, a veteran or disabled veteran must meet the minimum and other special qualifications for the position and must declare veterans’ preference on their application and provide certification (DD-214) that they are a veteran or disabled veteran as defined by Oregon law prior to the application deadline. If the veteran has passed the minimum qualifications and any necessary requirements, has transferable skills, and provided the appropriate documentation, the veteran will be granted an interview. Willamalane is obligated to hire or promote a qualified and eligible veteran or disabled veteran if they are equal to or better than the top candidate, after the preference has been applied.

Application Tips 

Apply now for exciting opportunities as a lifeguard, youth activity leader, summer camp activity leader, swim instructor, and more. To get started, find the job posting you're interested in and click the "Apply for this Job" button. Then, submit your application by 5 p.m. on the closing date to be considered for current job openings.

To be considered, all applicants must complete and submit an application online through our website. Applicants should answer the application questions thoughtfully and not refer to other application materials submitted. Resumes and cover letters are encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. If you are claiming Veterans’ preference, you must submit required documentation (DD-214) with your application. If you need assistance submitting your application, please contact

Not sure if you're ready to apply yet? Reach out to Willamalane’s talent acquisition team at with any questions.