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Job Title: Ocean Rescue Lifeguard
Category: Seasonal
Status: Open

                                     EXTERNAL JOB POSTING


March 7, 2017


The City of Fernandina Beach has openings for fifteen seasonal:


Title:                Ocean-Rescue Lifeguard

Department:    Fire

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Reports to:      Deputy Fire Chief

Pay Grade:      125 ($12.05 – $18.98)




Education and Experience

1.      Must possess high school diploma or GED, or currently be a student. 

2.      Must be at least 16 years of age. 

3.      Certified as successfully completing the Fernandina Beach Fire-Rescue/Division of Ocean Rescue 40 hour Recruit academy. 

4.      Complete one season as an Ocean-Rescue Lifeguard Trainee.

5.      Candidate must complete pre-employment physical test consisting of the following:

a.       500 meter swim in 10:00 or less

b.      Tread water for 5:00 minutes

c.       Underwater swim 15 yards

d.      Dive and retrieve object from a depth of 7-10 feet



1.      Valid Florida driver’s license required.

2.      Candidates must have valid 16 hour refresher course certificate.

3.      Candidates must possess a valid CPR (BLS) for healthcare providers’ card.

4.      Candidates must possess a valid American Heart Association first aid card.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

1.      Must have knowledge of USLA standards and procedures for lifeguards, knowledge of lifesaving techniques and procedures, and knowledge of proper safety and health procedures and precautions. 

2.      Must possess the ability to swim strongly and handle frightened victims in water, and the ability to swim 500 meters over a measured course in ten minutes or less. 

3.      Effective oral communication skills required.

4.      Must have above average physical endurance and possess adequate vision, hearing acuity, physical ability and stamina to perform the duties of an open water lifeguard.

5.      Knowledge of public beach accesses preferred. 

General Description

Responsible work ensuring the safety of swimmers by watching the ocean for swimmers in distress, dangerous currents, or marine life.  Perform rescues alone and with assistance and perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including the proper use of equipment in the performance of first aid.


Essential Functions


1.         Attends in-service training for rescuers.

2.         Sits for extended periods in a stand, monitoring the ocean.

3.         Enforces beach rules and regulations.

4.         Works with other guards in ensuring the safety of swimmers.

5.         Performs first aid and CPR.

6.         Rescues victims.

7.         Assists the public in a courteous but firm manner.

8.         Maintains assigned equipment.

9.         Performs safety checks on equipment in use.

10.     Provides guidance to less experienced lifeguards during shift.

11.     Attends and participates in administrative meetings as required.

12.     Reads and interprets manuals to ensure safe and efficient operation of equipment.

13.     Complies with OSHA Safety and Health rules.

14.     Performs other duties as assigned.


Essential Physical Skills


1. Acceptable eyesight and hearing (with/without correction), sitting, walking, running, standing, kneeling, bending, climbing, swimming, heavy lifting and carrying (up to 100 lbs.). 

2. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.


Environmental Conditions


Works outside in various weather conditions with exposure to ultra-violet radiation.



Any qualified applicant employee who is interested in applying for this position should submit a General Application to:


City of Fernandina Beach

Attention: Human Resources Director

204 Ash Street

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Publication Date/Time:
3/7/2017 12:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
Open Until Filled

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