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Hillsborough County Government

Head Lifeguard (#HDLGRDGENJ) GENJ
$14.22-$22.59 Hourly / $2,464.80-$3,915.60 Monthly / $29,577.60-$46,987.20 Yearly


Performs supervisory duties patrolling and protecting swimming patrons and enforcing rules and regulations at aquatic and open water swimming areas, and collecting entry and other related fees.


Graduation from High School or possession of a GED Certification; and
Two years of experience as a lifeguard.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and
Possession of a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of American Red Cross lifeguard training methods and techniques, aquatics safety procedures and actions, First Aid and CPR techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of individual and team recreational aquatic sports programs including rules, strategy and equipment use.
  • Working knowledge of county and departmental policies, rules and regulations, pertaining to the operation of county aquatic facilities.
  • Working knowledge of cleaning supplies and equipment.
  • Skill in administering First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Ability to swim.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to operate and maintain recreational facilities and equipment.
  • Ability to train subordinate personnel.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to interact with the public in a firm but courteous manner.
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts to include weekends and holidays.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Supervises the work of subordinate staff by assigning and reviewing work; providing training and counseling; developing work schedules; and evaluating performance.
  • Conducts American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training classes for assigned lifeguard personnel and the general public.
  • Provides patron surveillance of swimming areas to enforce established policies, procedures and rules to ensure the safety and well being of patrons.
  • Rescues distressed swimmers and drowning victims and provides First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
  • Performs maintenance tasks such as painting and minor repair of boardwalks, docks and fences; rototills beach sand; and performs basic groundskeeping duties.
  • Cleans and resupplies restrooms and shelters; collects and disposes of trash.
  • Submits equipment requisitions and purchases routine supplies and materials.
  • Prepares, submits and maintains reports, time and attendance sheets, and safety check records.
  • Travels to various locations to provide training.
  • Collects entry and other related fees.¬†
  • Performs other related duties as required.


A background investigation upon initial hiring or promotion. Successful completion of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certificate within six months of the probationary period.

CLASS: HDLGRDGENJ; EST: 2/15/2006; REV: 4/25/2012;