Supervisory Recreation Assistant

Berlin, Maryland
Mar 20, 2023
Mar 27, 2023
Full Time

The incumbent of this position serves as the lifeguard operation's district supervisor. The employee plans work to be accomplished, sets and adjusts short term priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work assignments. Employee is responsible for directing, coaching and leading employees on daily district operational activities. Employee select team leaders for special assignment, produce work schedules, assure compliance with procedures, evaluate employees, approve and deny leave for employees, assigns work, hears and resolves complaints from staff, referring more serious problems to chief lifeguard. The employee plans work assignments for district staff including special training, in-service training, clean-up projects, data collection, data posting, and weekly and monthly safety checks on equipment. Provides training to subordinates in personal safety, equipment care and use, surf lifeguard skill, EMS, communication systems and reporting procedures. The incumbent recommends reassignment, promotion, or termination of individuals to chief lifeguard. The employee assists the chief lifeguard in the development of performance standards.

The incumbent serves as Recreational Assistant (Head Surf Lifeguard) that includes supervising park visitors, regulating visitor activity through enforcement actions and safety directions, signs and a safety flag system. Performs ocean surf rescues inside and outside the designated lifeguard area. The employee inspects, maintains, repairs, and is responsible for the condition and storage of assigned equipment and ensures that it is ready for immediate use. Stores appropriate equipment properly at the end of the day. Provides appropriate medical care to injured and ill park visitors at the emergency medical responder level or above. The employee coordinates and conducts search and rescue. The employee has a legal duty to act in emergencies within their scope of training. Employee operates off-road vehicles (ATV's) as one of their means of emergency response. Employee monitors and inspects various resources such as beach areas, surf zone areas, berm, beach-face and walkway accesses onto beach. Upon discovery of deficiencies, makes corrections whenever possible. The candidate reports uncorrected deficiencies to appropriate personnel. Employee provides visitor assistance and emergency response anywhere within the park when called upon.

Employee provides safety contacts and enforcement actions with the visitor, educating, informing and directing them on laws, rules, and regulations of the area. Assateague Island's lifeguard operation provides over 7000 visitor safety directions and enforcement actions annually. The employee coordinates, supervises and conducts surf safety presentations for the public. Employee conducts daily assessment of surf zone conditions and weather conditions, collects data, posts data, communicates and interprets information to the public and park staff. Educates and directs visitors on park policies dealing with human / wildlife interaction.

Maintains and submits an up-to-date and accurate weekly and monthly inventory of all district lifeguard equipment and first aid supplies. Incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all articles found by lifeguard staff are reported on a Form No. 10-166 (Lost-Found Report), are safeguarded and turned in to the responsible person in charge as soon as possible. Responsible for statistical records of beach operations for example, daily head lifeguard report, daily stand report and case incident records. Documents all protected beach and first aid incidents on the appropriate forms according to federal and agency guidelines.

Responsible for the pre and post season protected beach activities, i.e., assembling and disassembling equipment, performing minor maintenance and repairs on equipment, posting signs, organizing lifeguard office, setting up first aid kits, setting up and equipping lifeguard stands. Employee drives to and from district locations and main headquarters as directed

This is an open continuous vacancy announcement. Applicants will be referred periodically throughout the announcement period. Final application disposition will be completed once all positions have been filled or the announcement reaches the end of the open period stated in the announcement. The first cut-off date is February 6, 2023.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • Direct Deposit: Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • Incidental Driving: You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
  • Uniform: You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-04/14/2023-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience.

SELECTIVE FACTOR: This position performs Lifeguard Duties on an Ocean, and at least 90 days of experience working as a lead or supervisory lifeguard is required. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: This position performs CPR and Basic First Aid, and having CPR and Emergency Response Certification is required.
Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.
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To qualify for this position at the GS-05 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the
EXPERIENCE: Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for this position include but not limited to: Provide overall supervision for a staff of Recreation Assistants (Lifeguard) that may include subordinate Lead Recreation Assistants (Lifeguard) who are responsible for patrolling and providing lifesaving services to the public at a pool or beach facility, perform the duties and responsibilities of a Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard), that includes patrolling and providing lifesaving services to the public at a pool or beach facility, develop and conduct lifeguard and lifesaving training for a staff of Recreation Assistants (Lifeguard), managing a pool or beach facility that includes a staff of lifeguards. You must include hours per week worked.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


There is no substitute for experience with education for this position.

Additional information

A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Non-Competitive Rehire Eligibility: Temporary seasonal employees can only maintain their non-competitive rehire eligibility if they work no more than a combined total of Temporary NTE less than 1040 hours anywhere in the National Park Service (NPS) within their established service year. Accordingly, non-competitive rehire eligibility allows for re-appointment to the same position or another position appropriate for temporary appointment with the same qualification requirements (5 CFR 316.402[b][7]), based on series and grade, anywhere in the major subdivision (NPS).

If you have held a temporary seasonal appointment in the past 12 months and have already worked the maximum temporary appointment less than 1040 hours during that period, you are still welcome to apply. However, please be aware that exceeding the limit of 1040 hours in your established service year will result in the loss of your non-competitive rehire eligibility.

The limit can be exceeded by working multiple temporary seasonal positions that result in a combined total greater than 1040 hours. The limit also can be exceeded by working a single temporary seasonal appointment that exceeds 1040 hours, unless granted an exception by OPM.

Employment may be terminated at any time due to fluctuations in funding levels, project needs, employee performance, or other considerations.
Physical Demands: The work requires daily strenuous physical exertion including running ½ mile or more with heavy rescue equipment, swimming long distances against currents and strong surf with heavy victims in tow and lifting and carrying heavy persons through large breaking waves. The incumbent will be using various rescue devices such as rescue fins, rescue kayaks and rescue paddleboards in the ocean where they may be paddling, swimming and kayaking long distances. The work of the employee regularly includes long periods of sitting, standing, and running over uneven terrain. The employee will also be driving ATV's in adverse weather conditions.

Working Conditions: Most of the work is performed outdoors subject to weather variances such as extreme heat or cold, rainy conditions, and high UV indexes, cold water temperatures, large waves and marine organisms. The employee is frequently exposed to high risk and potentially dangerous situations when involved in emergency response situations requiring the use of a wide range of personal protective gear. Emergency operations will require entry into hazardous environments, exposure to dangerous persons, animals, substances and potential exposure to infectious diseases. The terrain can be uneven and consists of soft or hard packed sand mixed with seashells and other debris.

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