Marine Safety Division

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Lifeguard HeadquartersMarine Safety Jet Ski
#1 Municipal Wharf

Lifeguard service is provided daily during the Summer usually from 10:00 - 7:00, but may vary depending on the weather conditions.  Lifeguard services are also provided on the weekends in the Spring and Fall. Service area is from Cowell’s Beach to the San Lorenzo River.

Fires are not allowed on any City Beaches, which include Cowells Beach, Main Beach & beaches along West Cliff Drive.  See where you can have beach fires and BBQ's.

Ocean Safety

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Note: The regular ocean lifeguard physical agility test is extremely challenging. Candidates should have solid ocean swimming skills and train regularly before the scheduled tryout dates.

Beach Lifeguard I (Closed) $15.6388 - $17.2429/hour -  Under close supervision, works with other lifeguards and staff to provide ocean safety and emergency medical assistance to the public (Jr. Lifeguard Instructors must first apply as a Beach Lifeguard I).

Physical Agility Test:  Must attend one of the following dates:    Applicants should report to Lifeguard Headquarters at 7:30 am with wet suit along with application and other documents identified in the job announcement.
Training Dates: 

Beach Lifeguard II & JG Lifeguard II  (Closed) $15.9066 - $19.3368/hour  -  Under supervision, acts as a lead position for other seasonal lifeguards and assists with supervising, coaching and training of Beach Lifeguard I employees. Assignments may include dispatch, vehicle and break shifts. The incumbent is required to possess an EMT/AED certification and will respond to medical emergencies in the beach area. 

Beach Lieutenant  (Closed) $16.5958 - $20.1729/hour - Under general supervision, assists in supervising, planning, organizing and coordinating the daily activities and operation of the Marine Safety Division.

Junior Lifeguard Lieutenant with Parks & Rec (closed) $16.59 - $20.17/per hour - Under supervision of the Recreation Supervisor, the position of Jr. Lifeguard Lieutenant (JG Lt.) hires, trains and supervises all JG I & JG II instructors. JG Lt. plans, organizes, coordinates and supervises the entire operation of the Jr. Lifeguard program including competitions, special events and daily activities.

Marine Rescue Unit Member (OPEN until August 15th) Drop application at Fire Admin or Lifeguard Headquarters $50/24-hour shift (Hourly wage for training and emergency response: $15.03-$16.57/hour) This unit provides 24-hour response to ocean related emergencies and rescues throughout the year. Employees are required to live within a 10-minute response time to the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and have a strong aquatic background. Prior ocean lifeguarding experience is highly desirable. Applications are accepted year round. Testing is held and positions are filled as needed.

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