Ocean Lifeguard Captain - Delaware State Parks

Recruitment #111022-MGCZ04-400300


The Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol is an elite group of men and women responsible for ocean rescue and beach safety at Delaware's award-winning state park beaches. Our beach patrol members receive advanced, nationally certified training, work in some of the most beautiful locations in the state, meet lifelong friends, compete in lifeguard competitions, and serve the people of Delaware, all while getting paid and having fun! 

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Summary Statement

The position manages the Lifeguard Program which includes recruiting, hiring, training, and ensuring certification of lifeguards employed by Delaware State Parks.  This position will build an effective team of lifeguards at each beach location to ensure the safety of individuals in an open water environment. The position will travel for recruitment during the off season and will coordinate with waterpark management to ensure adequate staffing, safety, and training of lifeguards at the waterpark.  Other duties will be to supervise, schedule and evaluate daily lifeguard operations at beaches across multiple locations in the State, and are responsible for related water safety programs, ensuring all state park lifeguards meet national certification standards including training, maintaining proper equipment and preparedness, and that appropriate water safety standards are maintained.  The position will also coordinate and lead in-classroom education year-round.  During the off-season, focus will be on recruitment efforts and planning to ensure continued success of the Lifeguard Program.

Preferred Qualification

Applicants who do not possess the preferred qualification will still be eligible to compete for this position if job requirements are met.

  1. Six months experience in public speaking which includes gathering, preparing, and presenting information to the public or media groups.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Supervises the work of seasonal lifeguards which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, evaluating, hiring, firing and discipline.
  • Ensures proper coverage of lifeguard services at all state park locations.
  • Reviews and evaluates program operations and recommends corrective action plans to ensure all safety and certification standards are met.
  • Leads recruitment of lifeguards including social media and marketing efforts, and organizing and managing try-outs and the Junior Lifeguard Program.
  • Coordinates, schedules, and conducts first aid, emergency medical responder training and open water rescue training.
  • Performs regular safety and maintenance inspections of facilities and equipment to reduce hazards and to provide maximum safety to patrons.
  • Manages and procures equipment, vehicles and supplies including stocking and reordering medical supplies for first aid stations.
  • Prepares detailed records and reports of lifesaving statistics and forms.
  • Represents Delaware State Parks at various recruitment events in the community.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Ocean Lifeguard Captain
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six months experience as an open water lifeguard.
  2. Six months experience in CPR/AED, first aid, and emergency medical responder training.
  3. Six months experience in presenting training or education courses which includes using a variety of training methods such as lecture, e-training, structured exercises, role play or group discussion as well as the use of training materials such as overheads, PowerPoint, handouts or videos.
  4. Six months experience in preparing and developing training or education courses which includes designing learning objectives, curricula and materials.
  5. Six months experience in program management such as making recommendations for continuation or changes to staffing, operations, programs, services, policies or procedures based on findings.
  6. Six months experience in using recruitment strategies such as marketing and advertising techniques, utilizing social media or other outreach tools.
  7. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, instructing, reviewing and evaluating the work of others.
  8. Possession of a Valid Drivers License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.

Criminal background check: A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire. The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

As a condition of hire, applicants must successfully complete all required training to obtain a United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Instructor Certification in open water rescue by the end of the one-year probationary period. Incumbent will also be responsible for keeping certification current.


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at StateJobs.Delaware.gov.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.