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OCEAN LIFEGUARD I-RECURRENT / City of Huntington Beach (CA)

Posted on the 02 February 2017 by Firecareers

City of Huntington Beach (CA) are accepting apps for OCEAN LIFEGUARD I-RECURRENT.  Until: February 16, 2017. Salary $17.93 – $18.92 hourly.   For details about thousands of other fire departments looking to hire firefighters Join today…  Fill out your PROFILE and get access to thousands of career firefighter recruitment’s across the Country.  FREE 7 Day Pass


City of Huntington Beach (CA)

are accepting applications for:


OCEAN LIFEGUARD I-RECURRENT / City of Huntington Beach (CA)
Human Resources Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648



An Equal Opportunity Employer

$17.93 – $18.92 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 02/16/17 12:00 PM


The City of Huntington Beach is seeking to hire responsible men and women to provide first-line lifeguard protection at the City’s beautiful beaches. Ocean Lifeguards primarily perform ocean rescues, perform preventative actions and provide medical aid as needed.

Additional Compensation:

  • 5% is paid to individuals with EMT certification
  • 5% is paid to individuals with bilingual skills
All Recurrent Ocean Lifeguards are limited to working a maximum of 1500 hours per payroll calendar year.

Please submit a Performance Exam Form to Lifeguard Headquarters and also submit an on-line Employment Application by filing deadline, Noon on Thursday, 2/16/17.

The MARINE SAFETY DIVISION of the FIRE DEPARTMENT is responsible for responding to all aquatic emergencies within the city limits.
  • Over 16 million visitors enjoy the City’s beaches annually, during which the Marine Safety Division averages more than 4,500 rescues each year.
  • The division provides lifeguard services for approximately 4.75 miles of City-operated beach.
  • The Marine Safety Division may respond to mutual aids and other aquatic emergencies throughout Orange County.
  • All Recurrent Ocean Lifeguards work under the direct supervision of Marine Safety Officers who in turn report to Marine Safety Lieutenants and are under the direction of the Marine Safety Division Chief.
  • Approximately 170 Lifeguards are employed each year.


(See above)


  • Minimum Age: 17 by July 1, 2017 – Proof required  (Age 16 for HB City Beach Junior Guards who have received rank of Captain and are recommended by MS Management)
  • Vision: 20/40 uncorrected in both eyes or 20/40 corrected (by contacts only) in both eyes.
  • Health: Excellent, including good hearing
  • License: A valid CA drivers license with an acceptable driving record may be required.
  • Other: A pre-placement medical exam and drug screening will be conducted upon a conditional offer of employment.


  • Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Location: Lifeguard Headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA
  • Interested candidates MUST submit a completed Performance Exam Form to Lifeguard Headquarters AND also an on-line Employment Application, both by the application deadline of February 16, 2017 12:00 pm (Noon)
  • INTERVIEWS – Sunday, February 19, 2017 (by invitation only)

The performance exam tentatively consists of 3 physical events (subject to change):

  1. 1,000 yard ocean swim
  2. 500 yard ocean swim (surf sprint)
  3. 1,500 yard run-swim-run.

All events are conducted in prevailing conditions around and through the Huntington Beach Pier. Applicants must satisfactorily complete all phases of the performance exam to be eligible for further consideration.

  • Candidates successfully completing all components of the Performance Exam will be placed on a list based on time results.
  • The top qualified candidates will be invited to an assigned oral interview time between 8:00 AM and 6 PM on Sunday, February 19, 2017.
  • Based on the combined results of the performance exam and the oral interview, the top qualified candidates will be invited into the Lifeguard Academy.
  • Upon a conditional offer of employment, a pre-placement medical exam, drug screen and Live Scan DOJ fingerprinting must be completed with acceptable results. The employment physical will be conducted by a physician designated by the City.
  • Upon hire, employees are subject to further reporting from DOJ via subsequent arrest notification. Other background reports may also be conducted depending on the position.
  • Recurrent Ocean Lifeguards are “At Will” employees who work on a seasonal, as needed, basis. Hours vary and will include weekends and holidays.
  • Note:  A second recruitment may be conducted in May of 2017.  If  so, candidates may be required to resubmit applications/forms and may be required to participate again in the Performance Exams.


  • Training classes are conducted at the Lifeguard Headquarters from 8 AM to 6 PM, March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2017.
  • New Hires are required to attend all scheduled classes.  Any absences must be pre-approved by the Marine Safety Division Chief or designee.
  • Lifeguards will be compensated during training at the rate of $17.93 per hour.
  • New Hires will receive lifeguard equipment (i.e. uniform, fins, sunglasses, etc.) and an annual beach parking pass.

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguard Academy, candidates will receive certification by the Red Cross in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Emergency Medical Response.PHYSICAL TASKS & ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Must have physical strength, endurance, and ability required to perform the essential functions of the job, including: swimming, running, walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, pulling, pushing, sitting for extended periods of time and the ability to drag up to 150 pounds. Must be able to withstand prolonged exposure to the beach and ocean environment, including prolonged exposure to cold weather, water, and sun. May be exposed to hazardous materials and communicable diseases.  Employees of this classification must be able to demonstrate upon hire and annually thereafter the ability to swim 1,000 yards within 15 minutes.


Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program; due to the performance of field duties that may require operation of a City vehicle.

The HBFD has a policy that applies to the general appearance of staff, which includes limitations in tattooing on areas of the body that would cause the tattoo(s) to be readily visible while wearing a line uniform.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.


  1. Applicants are required to submit a completed on-line Employment Application by February 16, 2017, 12:00 PM (Noon).  You may find the on-line Employment Application by following the link “Apply” above.
  2. Applicants are also required to submit a completed Performance Exam Form with signed waiver by February 16, 2017 to: Lifeguard Headquarters, 103 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA.  The form may be obtained by clicking  (HERE).

OCEAN LIFEGUARD I-RECURRENT Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. Will you be at least 17 years of age on July 1, 2017?


* 2. If selected for hire, are you prepared to provide your current Driver License Record, obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, to Human Resources prior to completing other pre-placement processes?


3. If you answered “No” to the last question, please explain:

* 4. Are you a CalPERS RETIRED Annuitant?


* 5. Please describe your prior ocean experience. (If you do not possess this type of experience, enter “N/A”.)

* 6. Describe any prior work experience (volunteer or paid), athletic participation, or certificates which would make you a more desirable candidate to become an Ocean Lifeguard. (If you do not possess any prior work experience, athletic participation, or certificates enter “N/A”.)

* 7. Why do you wish to work at Huntington City Beach?

* 8. Why should you be hired over some of the other applicants?

* 9. Do you have at least 20/40 uncorrected vision in both eyes? Answer “Yes” or “No”. If your answer is “No”, please explain.

* 10. You will be required to swim 1,000 yards in less than 15 minutes while in the Lifeguard Academy. Can you swim 1,000 yards in less than 15 minutes?


* 11. Do you have any tattoos, scarification, or body modifications that will be visible while wearing only a swimsuit?


* 12. I understand that in order to be eligible for further consideration, I must satisfactorily complete the Performance Exam on 2/18/2017. I also understand that to participate in the Performance Exam, I must submit a completed Performance Exam Form to the Lifeguard Headquarters and an employment application online by February 16, 2017.


* 13. I understand that if I am selected to participate in the Lifeguard Academy, I will be required to attend EVERY training class scheduled from March 25-April 30, 2017. Any absence must be pre-approved by the Marine Safety Chief or his designee.


* 14. Are you available to work weekdays, weekends AND holidays? (Answer “Yes” or “No”. If your answer is “No”, please explain.

* 15. The City of Huntington Beach requires a minimum amount of staffing through Labor Day Weekend (through 9/4/17). If selected for hire, are you able to commit to being available to work through Labor Day Weekend (or later)? Please answer “Yes” or “No”. Also indicate the last date this summer/fall that you would be available to work.

* 16. Have you completed in full every relevant section of the application, including listing References with contact phone numbers?(Note: You may add additional information to your application at this time by selecting “Save Work in Progress”, then selecting the link for Step 1 “Job Application” and editing or adding information to the appropriate section. Then navigate back to Step 3 to complete the application process).

 Yes, I have completed the application in full
 No, I have not completed the application in full and understand that if deemed incomplete my application may be disqualified from further consideration.

* Required Question


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