City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
September 8, 2023
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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"In accordance with Article 24 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Fort Lauderdale and Teamsters Local Union 769, for posting purposes this open-competitive job posting shall be considered as a simultaneous internal and external posting (it is open to both internal City employees and external applicants)." Additionally, this job classification is subject to the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Fort Lauderdale and Teamsters Local Union 769.

The City of Fort Lauderdale employees possess a passion for public service demonstrated by a high degree of enthusiasm, self-reliance, and job proficiency. They effectively convey the vision and mission of the organization and provide excellent service and satisfaction to our internal and external customers.

Maintains surveillance and enforces beach regulations to ensure and secure the safety of beach patrons. Rescues patrons who are in distress and responds to emergency situations as they arise. Administers First Aid and CPR as needed. Must be available to work weekends and holidays.

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The City offers a wide variety of benefits to their employees. The City participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) which will require a 3% contribution from employees. Employees will be automatically enrolled in FRS.

Essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of a function does not preclude management from assigning essential duties not listed herein if such duties relate to the position.

  • Patrols public beaches in the open water environment and warns swimmers of dangerous surf or other hazardous beach conditions; posts warning signs indicating hazardous conditions
  • Responds to medical emergencies on the beach and in surrounding areas
  • Enforces departmental rules and regulations, City ordinances and state statutes governing beach safety; reports missing persons to supervisor
  • Operates and inspects lifeguard vehicles, boats, rescue equipment and reports any damages to supervisor
  • Participates in the upkeep of facilities
  • Participates in continuing training and instruction in open water rescue techniques, first responder medical care, disaster response, occupational safety practices, public relations and a variety of other subjects related to lifeguarding
  • Measures and reports environmental conditions such as: wind speed and direction, air and water temperatures, surf and tide levels, beach erosion and visitor population
  • Conducts water safety lessons, presentations and educational programs for schools, organizations and the general public
  • Performs related work as required

High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalencySix (6) months paid work experience performing open water lifeguard duties is preferred.Must complete a 40-hour United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) lifeguard training program with Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue, or complete 40-hour United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) certified training with a nearby lifeguard agency with comparable conditions and geographic features before being assigned to a lifeguard duty. Possess a currently valid American Heart Association or American Red Cross BLS/C.P.R. card at time of appointment.Must possess an American Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder Certificate or a comparable certificate from a recognized training entity that follows National Emergency Medical Responder standardsbefore being assigned to lifeguard duty. State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification is preferred.Be able to successfully pass a performance test, which includes both simulated pool and ocean rescues prior to appointment. This test must be successfully passed every six (6) months after employment.All required certifications and licenses must be kept current and valid while employed in a position in this class. Special Requirements:
Essential Employees may be required to work during a declared emergency. The employee's Department Head will determine who will be required to work.

The position involves heavy physical demands, such as exerting up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects.

Exposure to hazardous conditions and potential life-threatening situations when performing rescues.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Depending on the number of applicants and the quality of their education and experience, the examination may consist of one or more of the following tests: Evaluation of Training and Experience, Oral Interview, Written Examination, or other assessment method. Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each part of the examination in order to qualify. All successful applicants may be required to take a medical examination and/or pass a drug screening prior to appointment.

An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination as provided for in the Florida Statutes. To obtain veteran's preference, candidates MUST submit a copy of separation papers and the City of Fort Lauderdale's veteran's preference claim form ( J204 ) at time of application.

The City of Fort Lauderdale offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular full-time employees including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and short-term disability insurance.

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Closing Date/Time: 9/18/2023 11:59 PM Eastern

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