Ocean Rescue Lifeguard

City of Boca Raton
Boca Raton, FL
United States
Job Description
Ocean Rescue Lifeguard

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Ocean Rescue Lifeguard


$19.35 - $26.33 Hourly


Boca Raton, FL

Job Type


Job Number



Recreation Services


Ocean Rescue 61/24627

Opening Date


Closing Date

12/25/2023 12:00 AM Eastern



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Job Description

Be a part of the team that helps make the City of Boca Raton one of the best places to live, work and play! We provide world class services, parks, beaches, and public safety. This can only happen when the best, brightest, and most committed individuals come to work for our City. We encourage like-minded individuals to apply and be part of our team! Come join us #WorkforBoca


Four (4) 10-hour days per week (DST) and Five (5) 8-hour days (EST). 40-hour work week. Varied days/times. Weekends and Holidays required.




CPR Certification (American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart CPR for the Health Care Provider).

First Aid Certification (American Red Cross First Aid or American Heart Heartsaver First Aid).

Lifeguard Training Certification (American Red Cross Lifeguarding, YMCA Lifeguard Training, or previous ocean lifeguarding experience).


Qualified applicants will be contacted and invited via email and required to participate in pre-employment swim and rescue testing. Testing will be held at 8:00am on To Be Determined Date. You will be scheduled for this testing after it has been determined that the minimum qualifications and licenses requirements have been met.

You will not be allowed to participate in the swim test if you have not been invited by Human Resources via email.


Performs responsible ocean rescue work, in accordance with established guidelines and policies; does related work as required. Work is performed under immediate supervision.


+ Monitors tide changes, water, and wind conditions and warns beach patron of changes.

+ Informs beach patron of various City ordinances and enforces same.

+ Responds to questions concerning ordinances and beach or ocean conditions.

+ Opens and closes lifeguard towers; ensures equipment is present and in good working order.

+ Records beach and ocean conditions on billboard.

+ Assists with programs, classes, and special events.

+ Participates in morning workout and physical fitness exercises.

+ Performs related tasks as required.

Essential Functions

+ Observes beach and ocean from tower for unusual and/or unsafe conditions and activities.

+ Signals boaters, surfers, and jet skiers to stay out of safe swimming areas.

+ Maintains an awareness of, prevents, and reacts to life-threatening situations.

+ Patrols beach on foot, warns beach patrons of dangerous conditions and situations.

+ Carries reserve boards, oxygen resuscitators and first aid kits to and from the beach.

+ Treats land patrons for minor first-aid injuries.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

General knowledge of the laws, ordinances and policies related to emergency services in ocean rescue.

General knowledge of ocean rescue services practices and procedures.

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports, ability to pass pre-employment and annual requalification tests.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications


+ High school diploma and previous ocean lifeguard experience.


+ CPR Certification (American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association CPR BLS Course "C") is required.

+ First Aid Certification (American Red Cross First Aid or American Heart Heartsaver First Aid) is required.

+ Lifeguard Training Certification (American Red Cross Lifeguarding, YMCA Lifeguard Training, or previous ocean lifeguarding experience) is required.

After initial employment training period, employee must meet training and certification requirements of United States Lifeguarding Association agency certification program. After initial employment training period, must possess American Red Cross Emergency Response Certification.


Possession of a valid State of Florida Class "E" driver's license with no more than six (6) points in a three (3) year period.

Essential for full time employee during declared storm emergency.

Abstained from the use of cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products for at least one year prior to their date of hire, and shall abstain from the use of tobacco products at all times during the period of their employment with the City while both on and off duty.


Must have 20/30 corrected vision in both eyes, correct color vision and depth perception. Must be able to lift and carry article weighing up to 50 lbs. Must be able to wear safety glasses, goggles, safety harness, gloves and face shield. Exposure to extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Exposure to electricity, heights up to 15 ft., noise, moving mechanical parts, confines spaces, vibration, dust, vapors, fumes, poisons, animals/insects, mist, gases, irritants, asphyxiates and bloodborne pathogens.


The background check process for this position may include:

+ Criminal Background Check

+ Employment Verification

+ Motor Vehicles Report (MVR) Check

+ Workers' Compensation

+ Certification/License Verification

+ Physical

+ Drug and Alcohol Screen

The City of Boca Raton is an Equal Opportunity (https://www.myboca.us/1226/Equal-Employment-Opportunity) , Inclusive, Veteran's Preference Employer and Drug Free Workplace. It is the policy of the City of Boca Raton to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.


SEIU Employees

ANNUAL LEAVE: Shall accrue prior to an employee attaining permanent status in the classified service, and may be used after six (6) months of employment at the sole discretion of the Department Head, but it shall not be paid out upon resignation or termination unless the employee has attained permanent status (one full year). The maximum accrual is 360 hours.

0 to 5 full years 8 hours per month

5 to 10 full years 10 hours per month

10 to 15 full years 12 hours per month

15 years and over 14 hours per month

CASH OUT OF ANNUAL LEAVE: Employees who have attained permanent status shall be permitted to cash out up to forty (40) hours of accrued and unused Annual Leave, either in a single lump sum payment or two or more partial payments, each fiscal year., each fiscal year.

SICK LEAVE: 8 hours per month. Any hours in excess of 960 will be paid off annually at 50%. Upon retirement, employees with a minimum of 5 years continuous service will receive 50% of sick leave balance. Termination for reasons other than retirement shall be entitled to payment for accrued, but unused sick leave, as follows:

Continuous years of service Percentage

Less than 2 full years 0%

2 to 5 full years 10%

5 to 10 full years 20%

10 full years or more 30%

Retirement (normal, early or disability) 50%

HEALTH INSURANCE (Premiums): Employee Medical (Base Plan) - Paid 100% by City. Employee contributions are required for the buy up employee coverage plans. Employee contributions are required for Employee Dental and Vision Plans, as well as Dependent(s) Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans.

CONTINUOUS SERVICE BENEFIT: Continuous Service is determined on December 1st of each year. Payment is issued during the month of December based upon years of service as follows:

5 to 10 full years $600 annually

10 to 15 full years $800 annually

15 full years and over $1,000 annually

RETIREMENT PLANS: The two pension/retirement options are listed below:

+ The option to enroll in a Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. The Defined Contribution Plan will not require a mandatorycontribution on your part. The City will contribute seven (7%) percent of your annual base wages to this plan. The vesting period forthis plan shall be one (1) year from your date of hire in the classified service, which coincides with your one-year probationary period.

+ An option to enroll in a Defined Benefit Plan option available to you that will have a ten (10) year vesting period with a multiplier of 2.00% at normal retirement and a mandatory seven and three-quarters (7.75%) percent contribution.

+ The two (2) options will be fully explained to you prior to your selection.

Optional: 457 Deferred Compensation Savings Plan is available.

HOLIDAYS: 14 per year: 11 recognized holidays and 3 floating holidays which are allocated for the fiscal year starting October 1, to all 8 hour per day employees. Employees hired between October 1 and March 31 shall receive 3 floating holidays. Employees hired between April 1 and September 30 shall receive 1.5 floating holidays. Non-task employees working 10-hour days receive 10, 10-hour paid holidays but do not receive floating holidays.

FUNERAL LEAVE: Up to 3 work days - In State Up to 5 workdays - Out of State

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: A performance review(s) is given to new hires during the first year of employment and an annual review on their anniversary date. Every employee is evaluated on their anniversary date. The current ratings are: Requires Improvement, Meets Expectations, Exceeds Expectations, and Significantly Exceeds Expectations.

TUITION REIMBURSEMENT: Full-time employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement as outlined in the City’s Tuition Reimbursement Policy which is available in Human Resources and subject to the availability of departmental funds.

MILITARY LEAVE: Members in military reserve units who attend annual training are entitled to paid leave not to exceed 30 days each calendar year.

???????EAP: Employees, spouses, and eligible dependents have access to five (5) face-to-face sessions with a counselor through Cigna's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Services include assistance with legal, financial, parenting, elder care, pet care, and identity theft.