Lifeguard I (New Lifeguards)

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Date posted: January 12, 2023

Location: Oakland, CA, USA

Lifeguard I (New Lifeguards)

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East Bay Regional Park District – Various Locations, CA

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3/27/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

The Position
**NOTE: All applicants are required to complete a physical agility swim test. Dates for the swim test include: 3/11, 3/12, 3/18, 3/19, 3/25, & 3/26. Details regarding testing locations is found in the job details below.**

As an open water lifeguard, you have the opportunity to do something unique: You get to save lives in a variety of environments including pools, lagoons, lakes and/or the bay! You do this through educating the public on water safety, rescuing distressed swimmers, and providing first aid in a variety of situations. If you want to train every day, work outdoors, and make a real difference in the lives of people who visit our swim facilities, apply to be a lifeguard today!

Vacancy Situation: Based on the swim/physical test and application materials, approximately the top 50 new lifeguard candidates will be hired provisionally and paid to attend the Lifeguard Academy, beginning Saturday April 22nd, 2023. Upon successful completion of the Lifeguard Academy, lifeguards will be scheduled and assigned according to the District’s swim facility needs.

What You’ll Be Doing as a Lifeguard I: Under direct supervision, you will perform general lifeguard functions at a District aquatic facility. You may be called upon to teach aquatic and safety programs to youth and the general public, and do other work as required.

We’re Looking For Someone Who:
• Enjoys being challenged and is self-motivated;
• Enjoys public service;
• Appreciates the value of publicly accessible aquatic recreation;
• Wants to be an integral part of a well-respected and recognized organization that impacts the communities it serves.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job:
• Meaningful and valued work connected to our organizational mission;
• Paid training with valuable first responder certificates;
• Daily challenges as part of an excellent team;
• Ability to work outdoors in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.

• Respect: We honor each other, the park users we serve, and the land we steward.
• Resilience: We creatively adapt to change. We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.
• Relationships: Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.
• Responsiveness: We communicate openly, honestly, and reliably.
• Transparency: We hold the public’s trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and unfettered access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.

Essential Functions

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to:
• Performs the tasks necessary to promote public safety at an aquatic facility by life guarding;
• Monitors activities in aquatic areas to prevent accidents;
• Enforces regulations, cautions swimmers regarding unsafe swimming activities, rescues swimmers in danger of drowning, administers first aid, and maintains order in aquatic areas;
• Inspects facility for cleanliness, keeping aquatic area clean and free from hazards;
• Inspects and maintains equipment and materials in proper working order;
• Participates in training sessions;
• Takes reports from the public;
• Fills out medical incident reports, training logs, and other forms and paperwork as required;
• Instructs aquatic and safety programs, as required.

Minimum Qualifications

• New Lifeguards must successfully complete the District’s Lifeguard Academy;
• Must be sixteen (16) years of age or older as of April 22nd, 2023.

Desirable Qualifications:
• A current “Water Safety Instructor (WSI)” certificate from the American Red Cross or its equivalent;
• A current “CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Instructor” certificate from the American Red Cross or its equivalent;
• A current “Lifeguard Training Instructor” certificate from the American Red Cross or its equivalent.

Additional Information
Knowledge of:
• Lifeguarding;
• Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation, sufficient to write accurate reports and forms.

Ability to:
• Use a computer terminal.
• Ability to swim 550 yards (500 meters) over a measured course in ten minutes or less
• Operate and maintain lifesaving equipment;
• Effectively teach aquatic and safety programs to varying age levels;
• Walk, run, jump, climb, swim, dive, sit, lift, and carry equipment weighing up to 60 pounds, lift overhead and balance equipment weighing up to 40 pounds;
• Work outdoors in the sun for prolonged periods of time;
• Breath-hold dive to 15 feet and recover 150-pound person while wearing mask and fins in an open water environment;
• Understand and apply District and department policies, procedures, protocols, and pertinent local and state regulations relating to lifeguard operations and emergency procedures;
• Establish and maintain positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse public, with a focus on quality service to internal and external customers.

Conditions of Employment:
• New Lifeguards must successfully complete the District’s Lifeguard Academy prior to lifeguarding;
• Lifeguards are required to wear uniforms and may be required to work unusual hours, weekends, and holidays;
• Lifeguards may be required to work at aquatic facilities other than their assigned facility;
• Lifeguards must participate in a minimum of 16 hours of formal rescue skills training per season; and
• All East Bay Park Regional District employees are required to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.
Union Affiliation: East Bay Regional Parks Employees, Local 2428, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, represents this classification. Wages, hours, and other terms of conditions of employment are covered in an Agreement between the Park District and Local 2428.

Pay Step Increases: A lifeguard will be considered to have completed one year of service in a classification after working for a minimum of 350 hours. If the lifeguard works 350 hours by the end of the season, the lifeguard will advance to the next pay step at the start of the following season. If the lifeguard works less than 350 hours, the lifeguard will remain at the same pay step at the start of the following season.

Hourly Salary*: Please note this position will receive a 3% increase starting April 1st, 2023.

Lifeguard I
Step A: $20.17
Step B: $20.67
Step C: $21.20
Step D: $21.72
Step E: $22.27
Step F: $22.82

Swim Facility Locations: All Park District swim facilities operate depending on weather, water level, water quality, staffing availability and visitation. For specific lifeguard service dates, please refer to the Swim Facilities page of the Park District website. The District’s swim facilities are listed below:

Ambrose Aquatic Center, Pittsburg
Antioch High School Pool, Antioch
Camp Arroyo, Livermore
Crown Beach, Alameda
Cull Canyon, Castro Valley
Deer Valley High School Pool, Antioch
Del Valle, East Beach, Livermore
Del Valle, West Beach, Livermore
Diablo Foothills, Walnut Creek
Don Castro, Hayward
Lake Anza, Tilden Park, Berkeley
Lake Temescal, Oakland
Quarry Lakes, Fremont
Roberts Pool, Oakland

Application materials for this position consist of two (2) required parts:
1. A current East Bay Regional Park District job application submitted online; and
2. Completed Supplemental Questionnaire (included in job application).

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. If you have previously applied to a recruitment on, please take care to update your existing profile. Applications are accepted online only. Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have any problems while applying online, please contact the NeoGov Help Desk toll-free at (855) 524-5627.

Selection Process: The application material for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for interview or testing. The District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment devices before or after the interview process. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment. The individual(s) chosen for hire must be able to pass a background check, District medical examination prior to employment and continuous skill audits.

**Swim/Physical Test Dates**: In an effort to keep everyone safe, adherence to all local, state, and federal health orders will be followed throughout all components of the testing. Specific details of the procedures and protocols will be provided prior to any in person activities. Candidates will be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of these expectations.
• Saturday March 11th, TBD – Antioch Area
• Sunday March 12th, TBD – Livermore Area
• Saturday March 18th, TBD – Castro Valley/Hayward Area
• Sunday March 19th, TBD – Alameda/Oakland Area
• Saturday March 25th, TBD – Antioch Area
• Sunday March 26th, TBD – Livermore Area

Testing Locations:
Locations for testing sites are to be determined. Staff will be selecting a number of locations throughout the two Counties that we serve in an attempt to accommodate to availability and accessibility of each site.

The Swim/Physical Test consists of the following:
• A rescue board carry;
• A timed surface dive/retrieval of ten-pound object;
• Underwater swim to retrieve three (3) dive rings;
• Tread water for two (2) minutes with legs only;
• and a timed 550-yard swim in a heated pool.
• Candidates will then review their application materials with a department representative.

Lifeguard Academy: New Lifeguard candidates are required to participate in the Lifeguard Academy. The Academy is conducted at various District Facilities in the East Bay area. Upon successful completion of the Lifeguard Academy, continued employment as a Lifeguard will be conditional based on District needs. The following American Red Cross certificates will be awarded upon passing the provisional hire status:
• Administering Emergency Oxygen;
• First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22);
• Lifeguarding / First Aid/CPR/AED; and
• Waterfront Skills.

Lifeguard Academy Dates:
All times for each day are 9am—5:30pm.
• Saturday, 4/22/23
• Sunday, 4/23/23
• Saturday, 4/29/23
• Sunday, 4/30/23
• Saturday, 5/6/23
• Sunday, 5/7/23
• Saturday, 5/13/23
• Sunday, 5/14/23
• Saturday, 5/20/23
• Sunday, 5/21/23

Special Testing Arrangements: If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at 510-544-2154 no later than five (5) business days prior to your swim test examination date.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The East Bay Regional Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects a diverse workforce and community. It is committed to promoting an equitable and inclusive workspace that is welcoming to all. Applicants from all backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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