Ocean Lifeguard (On-Call)

City of Boynton Beach, FL
January 22, 2023
Ocean Ridge, FL
Job Type


Purpose of Classification The purpose of this classification is to protect lives by overseeing and ensuring the safety of visitors to the beach.

Must be able to work a minimum of four (4) weekdays and one (1) weekend day a month for a total of five (5) days a month. Each shift will be eight (8) hours a day.
Essential Functions The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Oversees the activities of visitors to the beach; supervises swimmers in area; takes preventive safety actions; provides emergency first aid; performs CPR; makes rescues; contacts appropriate medical or emergency personnel when necessary; assists boaters in distress.
Sets up and breaks down lifeguard tower; evaluates and informs public of ocean conditions.
Observes ocean conditions. Swims in rough water and strong surf to assist swimmers and make rescues as needed.
Provides emergency first aid. Utilizes basic life support equipment including bag valve masks, suction
Units, and automated external defibrillators; performs CPR.
Operates rescue boards, rescue buoys, rescue boats, and other rescue equipment as needed.
Assists in locating missing persons.
Provides information; answers patrons' questions.
Maintains high physical fitness level through mandatory workouts.
Maintains training in medical rescues.
Prepares incident reports.
Keeps beach free of dangerous debris.
Assists in maintaining equipment.
Helps injured wildlife.
Answers the telephone.
Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED; supplemented by vocational/technical training in lifeguarding/professional rescue practices; and
  • Two (2) months previous experience involving lifeguard training; and
  • Must possess and maintain certification as a professional lifeguard, and certification in CPR; and
  • Must attain First Responder Certification or above (EMT or Paramedic) within the first year of hire.

Requires the ability to compile, assemble, copy, record and/or transcribe data according to a prescribed schema or plan. Includes judging whether readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics are similar to or divergent from prescribed standards, procedures or routines.
Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.
Requires the ability to start, stop, operate and monitor the functioning of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive data and information.
Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Requires the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form.
Involves semi-routine standardized work with some latitude for independent judgment concerning choices of action.
Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
Physical Ability : Tasks require the regular and sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that generally involves lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials; occasionally heavier items (100 pounds and over).
Sensory Requirements : Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors : Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.
Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in the City's hiring process. Additionally, certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements in employment by the City.

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