Supervising Lifeguard - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Sonoma County, California
  • Mar 04, 2019
Variable Shift Parks and Recreation Public Safety
  • Salary: $20.26 Hourly

Job Description

Position Information

Are You an Experienced Lifeguard?
Join the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department as aSupervising Lifeguard!

Hiring Now for Multiple Positions!

As a Supervising Lifeguard with Regional Parks, you're offered the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, and perform duties including:
  • Monitoring swimming beaches at Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon and Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach
  • Supporting family fun activities at Spring Lake Water Park
  • Providing swim lessons for kids, and water-safety trainings for parents through the Vamos a Nadar program
  • Russian River Patrol, visiting the beaches at Steelhead, Sunset, and Forestville River Access
For details about the various lifeguard work environments across the County, please visit:

Between the hours of 9:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Supervising Lifeguards are responsible for:
  • Supervising lifeguards
  • Rescuing park visitors
  • Administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other first aid
  • Enforcing park regulations at county parks, beaches, and/or water area
  • Working weekdays, weekends, or holidays as needed
  • Participating in the Junior Lifeguard Program, which teaches youth lifesaving techniques, strategies, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
The typical work schedule is 32-40 hours per week. Typically Regional Parks hires 15 -20 Lifeguards/Supervising Lifeguards per season, and once hired, lifeguards have the opportunity to return for consecutive seasons.

Important Note: As a United States Lifesaving Association Certified Agency, the County of Sonoma Regional Parks Department ensures Lifeguards are trained in over 80 hours of first aid rescue techniques, and tested for swimming and physical fitness before being hired. If invited to testing, you will be required to bring running and swimming gear.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill multiple seasonal, extra-help positions in theRegional Parks Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of this list.


Seasonal extra-help employees augment permanent staff by performing duties that are required at certain times or seasons of the year. Seasonal, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the county retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Seasonal extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of six months in any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-Help employees who meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include 700 hours of experience as an open water lifeguard. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the ability to swim 550 yards (500 meters) in less than 10 minutes.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, including special endorsements as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Required Certificates: Possession of a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate, YMCA Lifeguarding Certificate, United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Lifeguard Training Certificate, or an equivalent certification, AND an Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) card, ANDAmerican Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate for the Professional Rescuer is required.
Desirable Certificates: Possession of a valid American Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Instructor's Certification, American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor Certificate, American Red Cross Standard First Aid Instructor Certificate, AND American Red Cross Emergency Responder or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate is highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: modern water safety practices and accepted lifesaving and lifeguarding techniques; current principles and the performance of first aid techniques.

Knowledge of: summer camp practices and methods of working with youth in a camp or program capacity;English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition.

Ability to: swim 550 yards(500 meters) in under ten minutes; effectively schedule, coordinate, assign, evaluate and supervise the work of a group of lifeguards engaged in lifesaving, lifeguarding, first aid activities, and Junior Lifeguard Program activities; swim for extended periods and to accomplish swimming rescues; use and train staff in the use of appropriate rescue equipment; perform first aid treatments, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation; visually observe and evaluate emergency situations and respond quickly in making swimming rescues; deal effectively and tactfully with the public in the enforcement of water safety and park regulations; read and write English and speak clearly and effectively; operate radio and telephone communication devices effectively.

Willingness to: work weekdays, weekends, holidays and irregular hours.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questions may be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal(pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department.The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation.Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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