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LIFEGUARD - Extra Help

Recruitment #20-GK1-01



Plus $2.00 / Hour Extra Help Differential. Swim Lesson Instructors (Lifeguard Instructors) receive a differential of $1.25 / Hour

THE JOB: Under supervision, provide swimming instruction and assistance; serve as a lifeguard at a swimming facility; maintain close surveillance over swimming activities; enforce water safety rules and regulations; perform rescues; perform first aid and resuscitation; maintain pool deck and adjacent areas such as locker rooms; notify supervisor of emergencies, disturbances or problems; prepare routine records and reports; instruct or assist in instruction of recreational aquatics classes; set up and tear down accommodations for special events, programs, and facility rentals; open and close swimming facilities; provide customer service; cashier; and perform other related duties as required.

Employment Standards

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: For Lifeguards and Instructors: Possession of a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate (LGT) AND a valid CPR Certificate AND First Aid for Public Safety Personnel, California Title 22 OR one of the following: Emergency Response, First Responder Medical Training, or Emergency Medical Training (EMT). Acceptable Lifeguard and CPR Certifications include: American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED OR American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid WITH American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer OR American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare provider OR American Red Cross CPR – AED for Lifeguards. Proof of certification must be submitted prior to performance assessment.

You must submit a copy of each certificate you possess with your application in one of the following ways: e-mail (personnel@santacruzcounty.us) / fax (831-454-2240) / or bring the copies to the Personnel Department address listed below.

POST-EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATION: Successfully complete the Santa Cruz County Instructor Training Program OR the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI.)


Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required for persons 18 and older.

SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; strong and unpleasant odors and fumes such as chlorine; noise from children; allergens such as poison oak, pollen, and bee stings; pool chemical fluctuations which might cause irritation to eyes and skin; and the possibility of administering first aid and resultant exposure to infections which could cause chronic disease or death.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of swimming hazards; lifeguard training techniques; first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Some knowledge of the techniques and principles of swimming instruction is required for some positions.

Ability to: Remain vigilant and act quickly in making rescues and rendering aid;  perform rescues under difficult conditions; enforce water safety standards and departmental regulations; work and lifeguard all swimming programs and events; maintain effective relations with the public and staff; communicate effectively with public and staff; maintain records and prepare periodic reports; perform simple arithmetic calculations to make change and record hours worked;  maintain a clean and safe work area; accept constructive criticism and direction from supervisors; effectively deal with stressful and emergency situations; swim 300 yards continuously; maintain knowledge and skills required to pass the lifeguard training course; perform tasks requiring physical strength and stamina to effectively rescue victims, administer first aid and CPR; perform work which involves frequent lifting, pushing and pulling of heavy objects; hear and distinguish a variety of sounds in a noisy environment such as participants in need of assistance, whistles, or co-workers requesting assistance in a rescue effort; see program participants in need of assistance within their zone of responsibility; speak loudly to warn program participants of impending danger; and successfully complete all training provided by the department.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: This recruitment is for extra-help (temporary) employment that is of limited duration. Extra-help employees are used for employment on short-term projects; on a seasonal basis to meet recurrent work peaks; employment on an as-needed basis to meet peak workload, emergency, or other unusual situations. Extra-help employees cannot work more than 999 hours in a fiscal year and are covered by Social Security.  


Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Candidates meeting minimum requirements will be forwarded to the Parks and Recreation Department for a performance assessment of lifeguard skills covered in the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course and a determination of employment duties (pass/fail). Candidates must have the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and CPR Courses completed by the date of the performance assessment. Eligibility will be valid for up to one year.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.  

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.  

 NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

County of Santa Cruz  

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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