• Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $26.70 - $35.01 Hourly USD

Job Description





May 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. (PT) - This examination will remain open until the needs of the department are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

Performs lifeguard and ocean rescue duties on an assigned section of ocean beach.

Positions allocable to this journey-level class work under the administrative and technical supervision of an area officer and under the technical direction of an Ocean Lifeguard Specialist. Incumbents provide continuous surveillance from a station or tower or assist in patrolling an area of beach and adjacent ocean utilizing a four-wheel drive vehicle, observing for such things as violations of beach ordinances and rules, ocean hazards, and patrons who are potentially or already in need of rescue or assistance. Positions in this class exercise basic knowledge of first aid, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), hazardous materials, swimming and lifesaving techniques, beach ordinances and rules, and ocean conditions such as tides, currents, ocean floor conditions, and wave actions and their effects in order to protect life, environment, and property in an assigned area of ocean beach. Incumbents must possess the physical strength, stamina, running, and swimming skills to execute rescues in any ocean water conditions.
Essential Job Functions
  • Conducts continuous surveillance of assigned beach and ocean for signs of swimmers in distress and potential hazards such as rip currents, high waves, and backwash.
  • Executes single and multiple rescues in all ocean water conditions using rescue cans or rescue boards; using department approved techniques, secures and swims victims back through the surf or releases them to a rescue boat.
  • Administers first aid to victims of near-drowning, heart attack, seizure, heat exhaustion, broken bones, lacerations, or other medical emergencies; releases seriously injured victims to senior lifeguards or paramedic personnel.
  • Opens lifeguard tower at beginning of shift, checking equipment such as rescue cans and rescue boards, radio, first aid box, resuscitators, oxygen, face mask; reports malfunctions, beach and water conditions and number patrons to area officer.
  • Enforces beach ordinances and rules prohibiting activities such as use of illegal flotation devices, boats too close to shore, and surfboards in swimming areas; reports other incidents such as: dogs on the beach, drinking alcoholic beverages, or fights to area supervisor.
  • Responds to questions from patrons regarding matters such as tide tables, weather conditions and forecasts, and ocean conditions.
  • Maintains log book by entering information regarding rescues, first aid rendered, and other unusual events; writes a narrative account of major incidents.
  • Engages in the physical fitness program established by the department in order to maintain sufficient capability to perform ocean lifesaving duties.
  • Drives vehicles in performance of routine and emergency duties as needed.

Candidates must meet all of the following requirements in order to qualify:
  • Graduation from high school* or its equivalent
  • A valid 2021 Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard Training Certificate*
  • A valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Certificate*
  • A valid California Class C Driver License(* and **) is required to perform job-related essential functions.
Positions assigned to this class must successfully complete the annual swim recertification program by swimming a minimum of 500 meters in the ocean within thirteen minutes.

At least 18 years of age.

At least 20/30 in each eye without correction.

There may be no greater than a 25 dB loss in the better ear as averaged over the test frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz. There may not be a peak loss at any of the test frequencies greater than:
30 dB at 500 Hz
30 dB at 1000 Hz
40 dB at 2000 Hz
40 dB at 3000 Hz

There may be no greater than a 35 dB loss in the worse ear as averaged over the test frequencies, and no peak loss greater than 45 dB at any of the test frequencies. In the case of a questionable, unusual, or borderline hearing loss, the applicant's record will be reviewed by the Occupational Health Service consultant in otolaryngology who will make a recommendation as to the applicant's employability and forward it to the Medical Director for final disposition.

4 - Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

*Applicant must attach legible copies of their high school diploma or its equivalent, valid California Driver License, valid 2021 Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard Training Certificate, and valid BLS Healthcare Provider Certificate to their application at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting your online application.

**Candidates offered positions that require driving must show proof of a California Driver License before appointment and will be required to obtain a copy of their driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of the driving record must be presented at the time of appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. An applicant whose driving record shows four (4) or more moving violations within the last two years will not be appointed.
Additional Information

The examination will consist of an evaluation of training based on application weighted 100%.

The candidate's final score will be based on the final grade received from the Ocean Lifeguard Training Academy.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Note: Candidates are responsible for providing a valid email address on their application. This email address must be able to receive email notifications from fire.lacounty.gov. Candidates must review their inbox and junk/spam mail to verify if email notification was received.

Notice of Non-Acceptance and Final Result letters will be sent by email. Test scores cannot be given over the telephone.


Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, the names of candidates receiving a passing score on the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of 12 months following the date of promulgation. No person may participate in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.


The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill Ocean Lifeguard vacancies in the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Any Shift - Appointees must be willing to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Applications must be filed ONLINE ONLY. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of applications, although resumes and supporting documents may be uploaded as attachments to the online application. Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website. If you are unable to access the website, you may enter the following link to access your profile: http://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty .

NOTE: We must receive your application by 5:00 pm, PT, on the last day of filing and all required documents must be submitted at the time of filing OR within fifteen (15) calendar days of application submission. Please check your application to ensure that the required documents are uploaded by logging onto the County of Los Angeles Department of Human Resources website and reviewing your submitted application. If you are unable to attach required documents, you may e-mail them to Fire-Examination@fire.lacounty.gov or fax the documents to (323) 264-7159 at the time of f iling or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting your online application . Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection. Please include your Name, the Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the faxed and/or e-mailed documents.

Your a ppl ication will not be accepted if any of the required information and/or documents, which include a valid California Driver's License, a valid 2021 Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard Training Certificate, and a valid BLS Healthcare Provider Certificate, are omitted. The application must indicate the California Driver License Number, Class and expiration date.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements. Please fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any related education, training, and job experience. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your actual job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, total number of hours worked (full or part-time). Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for this job. Your application will be rejected if it is incomplete. We may reject your application at any time during the selection process.

Email Communication
All applicants must enter a valid e-mail address at the time of application submission. Entering an invalid e-mail address may result in the disqualification of your application during the examination process. Notifications will be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided on your application.

Applicants have the ability to opt out of emails from LA County. If you unsubscribe, you will not receive any email notification for any examination for which you apply with Los Angeles County.

Regardless of whether you choose to unsubscribe, you can always check for notifications by logging into www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty and viewing your profile inbox, which saves a copy of all emailed notices.

It is your responsibility to take the above steps to view correspondence. Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notification to be a valid reason for late test administration or rescheduling of a test component.

Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made. FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT. Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.


It is important that you provide your own Social Security Number (SSN) at the time of filing to ensure your application is processed accurately. Please include your SSN for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a SSN.

For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, you may borrow laptops and Wi-Fi hotspot from some public libraries throughout Los Angeles County to complete job applications. Please note that service hours and capacity may be limited at some public libraries.

If you do not already have an account/profile with the County of Los Angeles, you will need to create one. All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using someone else's user ID and password will erase the original application record.

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment . The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

ADA Coordinator Phone: (213) 466-5500
TeletypePhone: (800) 735-2922
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Department Contact Name: Fire Examination Section
Department Contact Phone: (213) 466-5500
Department Contact Email: Fire-Examination@fire.lacounty.gov
Department FAX: (323) 264-7159
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