University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Lifeguard/Sports Assistant

Lifeguard/Sports Assistant

University Sports Complex, Iffley Road, Oxford

Hourly rate: £12.49

Oxford University Sport is situated at the iconic sports ground where the world record four-minute mile was first broken.

We currently have opportunities for two full-time Lifeguard/Sport Assistants to join our friendly team and provide operational support to the Rosenblatt swimming pool and surrounding sports complex.

What We Offer

We are a key part of the University of Oxford and as an employer, genuinely care about our employees' wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

• An excellent contributory pension scheme

• 38 days annual leave

• A comprehensive range of childcare services

• Family leave schemes

• Cycle loan scheme

• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

• Opportunity for personal and professional development

• Trade prices for goods on sale in Centre

The University also runs an enormous number of social groups and sports clubs for those looking for more than just a great place to work.

About the Role

We are looking for team players to join the Sports Department team as Lifeguard/Sports Assistants working throughout the entire sports complex at our Iffley Road site.

As a member of operational staff, you will provide full support to the management team and support the day-to-day operation of facilities.

The posts are full-time working an average of 36.5 hours per week on a well- balanced 2-week shift rota which includes just three set days during the week and short Saturday and Sunday shifts on alternate weekends.

About You

You will need to hold a RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) or be a strong swimmer who is willing to obtain a NPLQ by attending and passing a course held within the UK which we will fund, together with associated expenses.

Owing to the nature of these positions, offers of employment with the University will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

For further information or to arrange an informal conversation about this role please contact Richard Taylor, General Manager: [email protected]

Applications should be made online and please quote Reference 171959 on all correspondence.

Please submit your application before 12:00 midday on Wednesday 10 April 2024.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 18 April 2024 at the University Sports Complex, Iffley Road, Oxford.

Contact Person : Richard Taylor Vacancy ID : 171959 Contact Phone : 01865 611477 Closing Date & Time : 10-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 2 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 23706 - 23706

Job details


Lifeguard/Sports Assistant


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


March 28, 2024

Application deadline

April 10, 2024

Job type




About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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