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Swim Instructor/Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Salary: $20.00 per hour

Mohawk Valley Community College provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our students. We are the community’s college, committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment.

The College is looking for exceptional colleagues to join the MVCC community. We are currently seeking a part-time Swim Instructor/Water Safety Instructor (WSI) in our Center for Corporate & Community Education . The Swim Instructor/Water Safety Instructor (WSI) will teach the Red Cross Swim program levels guiding individuals of diverse age groups in mastering essential swimming techniques. The Swim Instructor/Water Safety Instructor (WSI) conducts comprehensive assessments of each student's performance, offers constructive guidance, and maintains detailed records of attendance, progress, and incidents. This position will oversee the upkeep of swimming aids and equipment, ensuring their optimal functionality. We have shifts available for: Saturday mornings (9:30am - 1:30pm) and weekday evenings.

Key responsibilities for this position include:
  • Instructs students with diverse swimming abilities on swimming techniques, various strokes, and essential water safety protocols;
  • Provides guidance and support to proficient swimmers to further enhance their swimming capabilities;
  • Evaluates students' advancements regularly and adapting instructional strategies accordingly;
  • Maintains a vigilant watch over students to forestall potential accidents and injuries;
  • Enforces specific guidelines for every swimming session to guarantee a safe and productive learning environment;
  • Designs comprehensive swimming lessons that cater to individual capabilities and gradual progress;
  • Identifies and rectifies improper swimming techniques to ensure students' continuous improvement;
  • Completes required paperwork in a timely manner. Maintains regular communication with parents/guardians of young students on child's progress and development in swimming skills;
  • Upholds cleanliness and orderliness in the swimming pool and associated facilities, including equipment storage space;
  • Other related duties as assigned.
MVCC offers free lessons for the children of our instructors as an additional perk!


Required Qualifications:

  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or Basic Swim Instructor (BSI), CPR, and First Aid certifications
  • Two (2) year’s swim instructor or lead instructor experience
  • Sound knowledge of proper swimming techniques and water safety rules
  • Strong swimming abilities
  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexible availability including evenings and weekends
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current American Red Cross (ARC) or equivalent Lifeguard Certification
  • Associate degree (or a minimum of 60 completed college credits)
Special Instructions to Applicants: Official academic transcripts required upon hire.

Review Start Date: 4/8/2024

Mohawk Valley Community College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and diversity. MVCC maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and global worldview. We value the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in a world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, different abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or on the basis of disability.


Mohawk Valley Community College

The College
Mohawk Valley Community College, a member of the State University of New York system, was established in 1946 to help train and educate veterans returning from World War II and was New York State's first community college. In the years since, it has evolved to become the largest college between Syracuse and Albany and the region's primary provider of college education and non-credit training.

MVCC has campuses in Utica and Rome, N.Y. The college offers students two-year associate degrees and certificates to prepare its 6,500 full- and part-time students for technical and semi-professional careers in business, industry, social service, healthcare, and many other fields, and for further college study.

MVCC has community at its core and is a leader in the Mohawk Valley.

The Region
The Mohawk Valley is composed of Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery, Herkimer, and Oneida counties, and boasts some of the best scenery in the nation, with near and distant mountains and hillsides and a stunning valley bisected by the Mohawk River.

The City of Utica has a population of about 60,000. Its cultural and recreational advantages are many. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute maintains an excellent art gallery and museum, there are numerous public parks, 10 golf courses (one of which is municipally owned and operated) as well as city swimming pools, a zoo, public tennis courts, and picnic grounds.

Rome, a city of approximately 35,000, was the starting point for construction of the Erie Canal. Fort Stanwix was important in the American Revolution and is located in the heart of the city. Delta Lake State Park is nearby.

Utica and Rome are centrally located in New York State, and are served by the New York State Thruway, along with bus and train lines. Close to the Adirondacks, the area is rich in recreational activities including a variety of water sports, camping, hunting, skiing, and snowmobiling.

MVCC Philosophy

Mission Statement
Mohawk Valley Community College provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our students. We are the community's college, committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment.

Vision Statement
Transforming lives through learning.

Statement of Purpose
As a diverse institution with a global view, Mohawk Valley Community College provides opportunities for affordable education, with support from Oneida County and the State of New York, and offers career, transfer and transitional education, programs for personal and cultural enrichment, and supports community and economic development.

Values Statement
I believe in you, so that you can believe in yourself. I am MVCC.


MVCC By the Numbers

  • 18:1 Student-Faculty Ratio
  • Awards more than 425 scholarships annually
  • 18 Intercollegiate sports
  • 24 team championships / 169 individual championships / 529 NJCAA All-Americans
  • More than 50 student clubs of varying interests
  • More than 75 lectures, concerts, movies, comedians, and events each semester
  • 6,500 students
  • 170+ transfer agreements
  • 90+ degree options / 30+ certificate options

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