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Seasonal Hourly Shift

Head Lifeguard Ocean/Tidal (Assateague, Gunpowder & Sandy Point)

Recruitment #23-002292-0025


*Returning staff for the 2023-2024 season will receive an additional $0.25/hour 


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Vacancies for this position are currently located at the following locations:
  • Sandy Point State Park (Anne Arundel County)
  • Gunpowder Falls State Park (Harford/Baltimore County)
  • Assateague State Park (Worchester County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Head Lifeguard Ocean/Tidal (Assateague, Gunpowder Falls, Sandy Point) is a supervisory-level position responsible for overseeing waterfront operations and staff. Work is performed primarily outdoors under various weather conditions. Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays as scheduled.

Duties generally include, but are not limited to: 
  • Monitor swimmers, either on shore or in a stand 
  • Monitor beach and surf conditions 
  • Participate in daily or weekly skills trainings, which may include daily physical training, swimming and skills testing 
  • Maintain beach area and equipment 
  • Provide information and assistance to visitors 
  • Respond to emergencies, making rescues as situations allow 
  • Responsible for recruitment of new guards 
  • Prepare, lead and participate in daily trainings and exercises 
  • Oversee beach area and equipment, including conducting regular inspections 
  • Supervise, mentor and provide feedback to other lifeguards 
  • Responsible for scheduling guards to ensure adequate coverage of swim areas 
  • Review and compile reports 
  • Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds 
  • Work can be physical in nature, requiring the ability to walk and stand for long periods of time, lift and carry heavy objects, do repetitive bending and stooping, and climb ladders


Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

  • Must have at least twelve (12) months of lifeguarding experience as indicated on application.
  • Must be currently certified or previously certified by a national agency in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR, as well as pass a physical evaluation, swim test and written test (upload certificates). Candidates may be recertified after hire, however continued employment is contingent upon re-certification prior to May 1. 


Preference will be given to applicants that are certified as a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) or Water Safety Instructor (WSI). 

In ocean settings, preference will be given to applicants with previous ocean lifeguarding experience.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle, UTV or golf cart. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland and five points or fewer on their current driving record.

Employees in this classification must be currently certified by a national agency in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR. Candidates may be certified after hire, however continued employment is contingent upon certification prior to May 1.


Applicants selected for employment may undergo an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to:  employment reference check, education verification, driving record check (if the position requires employees to drive a vehicle) and a criminal history check including fingerprinting.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

*Should benefits be available, this information will be discussed at the time of hire


The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Emilee Knott at 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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