Smiling Cascade Bay Staff posing for all employee photograph

Cascade Bay is the area's best "fun in the sun" summer job! 

  • Have fun while serving the community
  • Gain leadership and guest services skills 
  • Work with friends and make new ones 
  • Experience a welcoming, fun work environment 
  • Enjoy flexible hours and competitive wages
  • Create safe summer fun for everyone  
Cascade Bay concessions staff grills food for guests

Each summer we hire the following positions: 

Returning Cascade Bay staff re-apply each year. If applying for the same position, you can use the Return Staff Application. If applying for a new position, you must apply for that position using the links above.

Cardio instructor guiding class with Cardio Bay class participants

Interested in becoming an American Red Cross Lifeguard or Lifeguard Instructor?

Interested in working as a lifeguard this summer? Throughout the year, Cascade Bay offers American Red Cross lifeguard certification courses at different indoor pools across the Twin Cities Metro. Employment with Cascade Bay is not required to participate in a Cascade Bay American Red Cross course, but tuition reimbursements are only applicable to Cascade Bay employees who meet the employment requirements. Upcoming Spring 2023 Courses:

Lifeguard (LG) Certification Course: March 25-26 at Minnetonka East Middle School or April 15 & 16 (Pool TBA)

**New March Dates!

  • Cost is $225 (see Lifeguard Pipeline information below)
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • In-Person training 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday
  • 10 hours of e-learning prior to the in-person/in-water training

Lifeguard Review Course: TBA

  • 9 hours of in-person training and LG skills review
  • Cost is $80 (see Lifeguard Pipeline information below)
  • Lifeguards must renew their LG Certification every 2 years
  • LG Review course must be taken within 30 days of certification expiration or the Full LG course is required. 

Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) Certification Course: May 27-29 at Minnetonka East Middle School

  • Cost is $200 per person (see Lifeguard Pipeline info below)
  • Minimum Age: 17
  • In-Person training 8:00 a.m. -3 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday plus homework 
  • 10-12 hours of e-learning prior to the in-person/in-water training
  • LGI Certification is required for Head Lifeguard and Deck Coordinator positions
  • LG Recertification available as part of the course as long as LG is current or no more than 30 days past certification date
Diverse group of Cascade Bay lifeguards posing in front of a pool

Cascade Bay Lifeguard Pipeline Program

Cascade Bay offers a tuition reimbursement program for American Red Cross Lifeguard (LG) and Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) certification training and review courses. The Pipeline program is available to participants who meet the Cascade Bay employment requirements. The Pipeline program offers 75% tuition reimbursement for LG certification courses and 50% tuition reimbursement for LGI certification courses and Review courses taken through Cascade Bay. New for 2023: Participants who take their certification/review course(s) through another American Red Cross program are eligible for up to 50% the course tuition with a maximum reimbursement of $100 per course. No reimbursement for any courses costing less than $80. All Cascade Bay Lifeguard Pipeline participants must meet the Cascade Bay employment requirements outlined below to receive a tuition reimbursement. 

Cascade Bay Lifeguard Certification: $225 before reimbursement/$60 actual cost after reimbursement if employment requirements are met.

Cascade Bay Lifeguard Instructor Certification: $200 before reimbursement/$100 actual after reimbursement if employment requirements are met (LGI Certification also includes Lifeguard certification renewal).

Cascade Bay Lifeguard Review Course: $80/$40 actual after reimbursement if employment requirements are met

Cascade Bay LGI Review Course: $120/$60 actual after reimbursement if employment requirements are met (LGI Re-Certification also includes Lifeguard certification renewal)

American Red Cross Lifeguard/LGI Certification/Review Courses from another ARC Facility: Up to 50% tuition reimbursement with a maximum reimbursement of $100 if Cascade Bay employment requirements are met (reimbursement does not apply to courses costing less than $80).

Cascade Bay Lifeguard Pipeline Employment Requirements:

  • Successfully pass the ARC certification course (LG, LGI or LG/LGI Review)
  • Complete application and hiring process for employment and are hired by City of Eagan to work at Cascade Bay Waterpark
  • Work a minimum of 225 hours over the course of the 2023 summer season at Cascade Bay Waterpark
  • Reimbursements are sent out mid-September for employees who meet the requirements
  • Early termination or disciplinary action may make an employee ineligible for tuition reimbursement 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Skills Prerequisites (tested at start of the LG class)

  • Complete a timed skill sequence including a 20 yard swim, retrieval of a 10 lb. object from 7 ft. deep, swim 20 yard carrying the object, and exit the water within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
  • 300 yard endurance swim using front crawl and breaststroke

If you are interested in taking a future Lifeguard Training course or if you have questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Aquatic Operations Supervisor, at (651) 675-5528.

Cascade bay lifeguard assists a water tubing swimmer

Interested in Working at Cascade Bay?

What is the minimum age to work at Cascade Bay?

  • 15: Age is based on position. 

What certifications do I need to have to work at Cascade Bay?

  • Lifeguards must be American Red Cross Lifeguard certified. Cascade Bay offers lifeguard classes prior to the start of the season and/or mid-summer.
  • Coordinators are required to be First Aid/CPR certified. Training is provided prior to the start of the season.
  • Deck Coordinators and Head Guards must also be American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certified (LGI).

How many hours a week can I work?

  • Coordinators are fulltime, 36 hours per week, seasonal leadership positions
  • Guest Relations Crewmembers, Lifeguards, and Pool Attendants, and Facilities Assistants work 20-30 hours per week.
  • Average is about 20 hours per week, while some employees choose to work more or less, depending on their schedule.

What are the shifts?

  • Shifts for Guest Relations Crewmembers, Lifeguards and Pool Attendants vary in start and end time, but are about 4.5 - 5 hours per shift (10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; with some shifts starting earlier or ending later due to special events)
  • Lifeguards are expected to work at least 5 Cardio Bay shifts per summer (1 - 2 per month). Cardio Bay shifts are early morning or evening hours.
  • All staff hired to work at Cascade Bay are expected to work daytime, evening, weekend, and holiday shifts. 
  • All staff are expected to attend trainings, in-services, and all-staff meetings.
  • Coordinator shifts vary from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and include weekends and holidays.
  • Facilities Assistants generally start between 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. and finish between 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. They alternate weekends.
  • Water Fitness Instructors work mid-morning and/or evenings

Can I work with my friends?

  • Because our staff is so large, employees are divided into teams and work with the same team throughout the summer.
  • Friend requests are considered for new employees. Ride sharing/siblings are priority, and scheduling conflicts don’t always allow for friends to be placed on the same team.
  • There are also sub spots and open shifts and any team member can pick up those spots.
  • Cascade Bay is a great place to meet new people and make new friends, so don’t worry too much about “who” is on your team!

What happens if I have a conflict and need time off?

  • Shifts are scheduled out at least a month in advance
  • We use an App that can be downloaded to a smart device and makes requesting a sub and swapping shifts easy.
  • We will work with you to help get your shifts covered, but ultimately you are responsible to fill your shift. The more notice we have, the easier it is to get your shift(s) covered.

When does the season start and how long is the season?

  • Cascade Bay is open early June through late August.
  • Staff training begins in mid to late May and staff training dates are offered evenings and weekends so staff can choose training times that work best with their schedule.
  • Staff go through 3 different types of training as well as “practice days” at Cascade Bay to make sure you know your duties.
  • You are partnered with another staff person to make the learning easier and fun!
  • Cascade Bay closes at the end of August. 

Didn’t find what you need?

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Aquatic Operations Supervisor, or call her at (651) 675-5528