Seasonal Summer Employment

How do I become a member of the Magic Waters/Aquatics team?

We begin our hiring in December at our Summer Job Splash, at that time 90% of our open positions are filled with those applicants.

Lifeguard Qualifications & Training

The Rockford Park District employs nearly 250 lifeguards each summer at its four aquatic facilities: Alpine Park Pool, Harkins Aquatic Center, Magic Waters Waterpark, and Sand Park Family Aquatic Center.

Lifeguard Qualifications & Training

  • Age 16 or older
  • Able to swim 200 yards without stopping
  • Tread water for 2 minutes without using hands
  • Retrieve 10-lb brick from bottom of 12-ft pool
  • Able to work 32 hours minimum per week
  • Able to work evenings, holidays, and weekends
  • Complete a lifeguard certification course (there are 5 weekend courses offered March through May)

Your Lifeguard License

You will be trained through the International Lifeguard Training Program created by Jeff Ellis & Associates. This program is internationally recognized as an industry leader in lifeguard training.

For more information contact Terri Ekberg at 815-969-4093 or by e-mail at: