Beach Lifeguard Job Description Sample
The lifeguard oversees the general safety of the beach area, patrons, and must have thorough knowledge of the facilities rules, policies, and procedures. The lifeguard will take preventative measures through enforcement of rules and policies to ensure the safety of all patrons.
- Know and enforce all rules and regulations pertaining to the Evanston Lakefront
- Use proper surveillance techniques to guard the swimming area
- Identify patrons in need of emergency assistance and respond appropriately
- Maintain a clean and safe beach environment
The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity. The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).
All applicants for any of the lifeguard related positions must hold a current American Red Cross or Ellis and Associates, Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid and AED certifications prior to the start of the season. Lifeguards are required to be proficient swimmers, be comfortable in open water, run long distances, and assist in lifting a person. All pre-season training sessions are mandatory . Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Pre-employment Swim Test
You will be contacted via email regarding the swim test dates, usually there will be two dates offered in May. Please make arrangements to attend one of these dates. These will be the only dates offered. This test will include three timed events and four skill tests (below). If you have any concerns about your ability to pass, it would be in your best interest to attend the first date subsequently allowing yourself a second chance to complete any skills you didn’t adequately complete at the first test.
200yd swim (last 50 yards carrying a brick) 3:45.00
550 yard swim in 10:00.00 (to be conducted in the lake during training)
25yd sprint 0:21.00
25yd underwater 0:21.00
Spinal injury Pass/Fail
Surface Passive Facedown Victim Pass/Fail
Active Victim Pass/Fail
Passive Submerged Victim Pass/Fail
Fill out paperwork at Hiring Session (TBD)
Applicants must successfully complete all of the hiring forms correctly and promptly.
Interview/CPR practical exam
Upon successful completion of the swim test you will be scheduled for an interview at the Dempster St. Beach Office. After the interview you will have a practical exam of your CPR for the Professional Rescuer skills. This interview will be conducted sometime between mid-May and June.
Mandatory pre-employment drug/alcohol screening and Finger Printing
Upon successful completion of the swim test you will be scheduled for a drug test consisting of a breathalyzer and a urine sample. There will be multiple test dates to pick from; it is in the applicant’s best interest to sign up for the earliest available date because this will speed up the hiring paperwork allowing the staff to get entered onto payroll earlier.
Attend and successfully complete all pre-employment training and tests
All lifeguard based employee applicants will attend all preseason training and subsequently pass all of the testing during the training. This lifeguard academy for new applicants will be held from June 4th – June 8th (dates subject to change)
Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position. Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.
Beach & Pool Attendant (On Call - Lifeguard Or Water Safety Certification Required)
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