Lifeguard - Extra Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Safety
  • Salary: $17.67 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Now Hiring Multiple Lifeguards!

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is hiring lifeguards to
work the 2021 Summer Season!

As a Lifeguard with Regional Parks, you're offered the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, and perform duties including:
  • Monitoring swimming beaches at Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon and Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach
  • Supporting family fun activities at Spring Lake Water Park
  • Providing swim lessons for kids, and water-safety training for parents through the Vamos a Nadar program
  • Patrolling the Russian River and visiting the beaches at Steelhead, Sunset, and Forestville River Access
For details about the various lifeguard work environments across the County, please visit

Between the hours of 9:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, weekends, and holidays, Lifeguards:
  • Rescue park visitors
  • Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other first aid
  • Enforce park regulations at County parks, beaches, or water areas
Certified Lifeguards may be assigned to the Junior Lifeguard Program, which teaches youth lifesaving techniques, strategies, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The typical work schedule is 32-40 hours per week. Regional Parks hires 15-20 Lifeguards/Supervising Lifeguards per season. Basic bilingual English/Spanish skills are desirable, but not required.

Important Note: As a United States Lifesaving Association Certified Agency, the County of Sonoma Regional Parks Department ensures Lifeguards are trained in over 80 hours of first aid rescue techniques, and swimming and physical fitness testing before being hired. If invited to testing, you will be required to bring running and swimming gear.


Seasonal extra-help employees augment permanent staff by performing duties that are required at certain times or seasons of the year. Seasonal, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the county retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Seasonal, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of six months in any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-Help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.
This recruitment is being conducted to fill multiple seasonal, extra-help positions in the Regional Parks Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of this list.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include some recent experience in water activities and water-related safety, such as swimming, boating, canoeing, and other related activities. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the ability to swim 550 yards (500 meters) in less than 10 minutes. Experience as a Lifeguard is preferred.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Lifeguard Academy: Within six months of hire and prior to any assignment of lifeguard duties, successful completion of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Lifeguard Academy, which includes obtaining the necessary certifications.
Desired Certifications: Possession of a valid American Red Cross/Lifeguard Training certificate, YMCA Lifeguarding Certificate, United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Lifeguard Training Certificate, or equivalent certification, AND an Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) card, AND American Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer, AND possession of a valid American Red Cross Emergency Responder or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: modern water safety practices and accepted lifesaving and lifeguarding techniques; current principles and the performance of first aid techniques.
Knowledge of: summer camp practices and methods of working with youth in a camp or program capacity; English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition.
Ability to: swim 550 yards (500 meters) in under ten minutes; swim for extended periods and accomplish swimming rescues; use appropriate rescue equipment; perform first aid treatments, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation; visually observe and evaluate emergency situations and to respond quickly in making swimming rescues; deal effectively and tactfully with the public in the enforcement of water safety and park regulations; read and write English and to speak clearly and effectively; operate radio and telephone communication devices effectively.
Willingness to: work weekdays, weekends, holidays, and irregular hours.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job announcement must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of the job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: JT
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map