- Teenager Summer Job! Job at Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, MI

  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Traverse City, MI

Job Description

Pay: $17 per hour

At Great Wolf, Lifeguard is one of the most important positions in the lodge, as they are vital to ensuring the safety of our guests, their families, and anyone that visits our waterpark attractions. No matter the situation, Great Wolf lifeguards are trained to respond and ensure all guests enjoy a safe and fun environment.

Hiring immediately with full-time, part-time, and flexible scheduling – must be at least sixteen (16) years or older except for some locations and aquatics positions, such as lifeguard, where the requirement is at least fifteen (15) years or older.


Join our Pack: 

Grow your career : A great place to start or advance your career with cross-training, scholarship fund, and talent development programs at all levels

Great Perks : Take advantage of exclusive perks for you, your family, and friends – including discounted vacations and employee referral incentives

Learn While You Earn : Gain access to Great Wolf University for on-the-job training, functional, and leadership training

Prioritize Your Well-Being : We offer flexible scheduling, access to a holistic wellness program and technology, and support through our Employee Assistance Program and Employee Relief Fund

Celebrate Your Uniqueness : Join a team that cheers for diversity and inclusion through programs that make everyone feel welcome and recognized.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Telehealth resources
  • Life insurance
  • 401K with employer match
  • Paid vacation time off
  • Paid parental leave 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervises and provides surveillance of swimmers and guests during park hours, special events, and training sessions
  • Responds to emergency situations in assigned zone
  • Assists in communicating emergency situations outside of assigned zone
  • Administers and coordinates emergency first aid as necessary
  • Enforces the rules and regulations of the waterpark
  • Advises aquatics management of unsafe and unsanitary conditions
  • Provides superior customer service to all guests by assisting all in a polite and expedient manner
  • Performs daily routine chores and maintenance of waterpark to ensure neat and orderly appearance
  • Performing within Ellis Certification standards

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • No experience required, training provided
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Ability and willingness to achieve Certification in First Aid, CPR and Ellis & Associates Lifeguard Training
  • Successful completions of criminal background check and drug screen

Desired Qualifications & Traits

  • Good oral communication skills
  • Prior First Aid, CPR, AED experience
  • Prior lifeguard training and/or experience

Physical Requirements

  • Swim 50 yards in 4 ft. of water and retrieve a 10 lb brick from the bottom of pool
  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Capable of prolonged exposure to hot and humid environments
  • Ability to climb multiple flights of stairs
  • Minimum of 20/25 corrected or uncorrected vision and no permanent eye abnormalities

Application Instructions: 

Click on “Apply Now” or chat with a recruiter (bottom of your screen on Great Wolf’s website). After a brief application, all qualified applicants will be immediately invited to setup an interview or attend an upcoming hiring event.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities  

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c) 

Job Tags

Hourly pay, Permanent employment, Full time, For contractors, Summer work, Relief, Immediate start, Flexible hours,

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