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Reports To: Fire Captain assigned to Marine Safety Division, Beach Lifeguard Lieutenant, Beach Lifeguard II
Designation: Seasonal Temporary Position
Salary Range: $13.10* - $15.92* per hour 
Final Filing Date: Ongoing during Spring

Job Application
Release of Liability

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.

Basic Function:
Under close supervision, this uniformed position works with other lifeguard employees and reports to Beach Lifeguard II's. As part of a team, the Beach Lifeguard I provides ocean safety and emergency medical assistance to the public. Employees assigned to operations will guard an assigned area of beach, provide public safety, and detect and rescue persons or vessels in distress. Employees assigned to the Junior Lifeguard Program will work as a program instructor and report to the Junior Lifeguard Lieutenant and Beach Lifeguard II.

Primary Duties:

  • Guards a designated section of beach and water from an assigned tower.
  • Protects the public and warns them of hazardous conditions.
  • Rescues persons and vessels in distress.
  • Answers questions and provides information pertaining to the beach and ocean environment.
  • Renders emergency medical aid including CPR.
  • Removes hazardous objects from sand and water.
  • Takes charge of lost/found children.
  • Interprets beach rules and regulations to the public pertaining to safety and conduct.
  • Performs other related work as required.
  • Maintains a professional and courteous relationship with the public and co-workers.
  • May be assigned to teach, educate and coach children ages 6 through 17 ocean awareness and aquatic safety as part of the Junior Lifeguard program.

Proof of Safe Driving Record Required:
Candidates must attach to their application a recent (not more than 30 days old) copy of their DMV driving record. This can be obtained at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 4200 Capitola Road, Capitola or 90 Alta Vista Avenue, Watsonville, (800) 777-0133. DMV charges a fee for this service. Application must include a driving record printout. If you do not attach this to your application, your application will not be accepted.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age (by December 31). 
  • Must provide a copy of valid CPR Certification (Pro or healthcare provider).
  • EMT certification is highly desirable.
  • Excellent health.
  • The ability to meet and maintain a 1000m ocean swim time of under 20 minutes.
  • Vision 20-30 corrected.
  • California Drivers License (valid).
  • A safe driving record as determined by the City's Personnel Department.
  • Criminal history and fingerprint check.
  • Candidates who are hired as beach lifeguards must be available for full-time employment (40 hours per week) for the summer season (May through September). This requirement may be waived for extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
  • Successful completion of Santa Cruz Marine Safety Division Lifeguard training program (80+ hours) after initial hiring process is completed. Successful completion and maintenance of required medical training certificates.
  • Proof of negative tuberculosis test or clear chest X-ray must be presented within 14 days of hire - No exceptions.

Ability To:

  • Swim in adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Adopt effective course of action in an emergency situation.
  • Maintain constant observation of an assigned area for hazardous conditions and take appropriate action to protect the public from those hazards.
  • Interact in a professional and courteous manner with the public and other emergency service employees.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and accept constructive criticism from supervisors.

Selection Procedure:
Beach Lifeguard Tryout. A City application is required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience, or skills relevant to this position. (Note: the following process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Chief of the Fire Department.) Applicants must complete a physical test described below. Those candidates who perform within the allotted time will be assigned an interview time following the physical. Successful candidates will be hired as a probationary Beach Lifeguard I and will attend mandatory 80+ hour Open Water Lifeguard Training (includes Title 22 First Aid).

Required Documentation:
Candidates must bring a completed City Employment Application form (available at the Fire Department Administration building, 230 Walnut Avenue) to the physical test along with a current DMV printout, photo copy of California's driver's license (or ID card if not licensed), and physical agility test waiver (parent or guardian signature required if under 18). Applicants with a corrective lens restriction must provide a physician's note. Candidates not in possession of these items will not be allowed to participate in the physical test.

EVENT/MAXIMUM TIME ALLOWED 1000 meter swim / 20 minutes. 200 meter run - 400 meter swim - 200 meter run / 10 minutes. 2000 meter rescue board paddle / 15 minutes.  Wetsuits are permitted, no swim fins.

Oral Exam:
Interview schedules will be assigned following the physical test.

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Last updated: 3/6/2012 4:35:04 PM