Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

Naval Base, Virginia
Apr 16, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Full Time


The primary function of this position is to provide lifeguard duties in a variety of situations throughout the MWR Department. This position is located at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, VA.
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The incumbent will be responsible for safeguarding the lives of persons at the assigned work area. The incumbent observes activities of patrons to ensure that safety rules are followed. Provides information to swimmers regarding safety rules and procedures. Enforces applicable policies and procedures of MWR regarding the use of the pool, beach, or water park, within the regulations found in BUPERSINST 1710.19. Ensures that only authorized personnel use the facilities. Rescues swimmers and administers first aid and CPR as certified. Assists in keeping assigned areas clean and free from hazards. Consistently observes conditions of area assigned, i.e. possible hazards, water/chemical conditions (pools), wind and weather (beach/water park), ocean bottom, surf, tides, and currents (beach). Makes recommendations to the Senior Guard or Aquatics Coordinator on appropriate actions to take. Maintains all appropriate logs and records as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of employment


Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Lead Lifeguards Only:

Acts as primary liaison between the activity, security, medical departments and Aquatics Coordinator during emergency situations.

Assists with coordinating lifeguard schedules and activities including: training, appearance, and professional conduct. Conducts ongoing training programs, including running, swimming and rescue drills.

During the assigned shifts, incumbent directs the work of lifeguards. Provides input to lifeguard performance evaluations. May be required to make rounds of various facilities to ensure adequate staffing, spot check for facility/area cleanliness, and to ensure lifeguard services are appropriately provided.

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Only:

Provides water safety instruction as certified. May also be assigned Leader duties.


Lifeguard: Must possess all special requirements along with sufficient maturity to focus on the importance of due diligence of patrons at all times; ability to exercise control over a large group of people; ability to appropriately identify hazards or hazard situations; and identify a patron's need for assistance vice general play immediately. Must act decisively and immediately in any situation which could result in harm to a patron-either by identifying a patron in distress, or by the ability to tactfully but forcefully provide instruction on water safety and facility rules and regulations, and enforce them.
  • Senior Lifeguard: Must have all the qualifications for lifeguard PLUS: Must have a minimum of one (1) year previous experience.
  • Lifeguard (Beach): Must have all the qualifications for lifeguard PLUS: Must have a minimum of one (1) year previous experience and meet the requirements of BUPERS Instruction 1710.19. Must be a mature individual with leadership abilities who can exercise control over a large group of people.
  • Lifeguard (Water Park): Must have all the qualifications for lifeguard PLUS: Must have a minimum of one (1) year previous experience. Must be a mature individual with leadership abilities who can exercise control over a large group of people.
  • Lifeguard (Water Safety Instructor): Must have all the qualifications for lifeguard PLUS: Must have a minimum of one (1) year previous experience. Must possess and maintain a valid Water Safety Instructor Certificate.
  • Lead Lifeguard: Must have all the qualifications for lifeguard PLUS: Must have a minimum of one (1) year previous experience. Must be a mature individual with leadership abilities who can exercise control over a large group of people. Must be able to direct the work of subordinate staff, deal appropriately with conflicts, possess the ability to schedule work, appropriately deal with last-minute changes and make appropriate alternate arrangements, and evaluate performance.


Must possess and maintain lifeguard certification provided by the American Red Cross or the YMCA. Must possess and maintain current certifications in Standard First Aid and CPR. As a condition of employment, the employee must obtain the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) vaccination or complete the HBV declination form prior to first day of work due to possible occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. Must be in good physical condition and be able to successfully perform and pass a Physical Agility and Skills test. This position is subject to an irregular schedule, requiring weekends and holidays.

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


Additional information

We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee's eligibility to work in the United States.

Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

For positions requiring travel more than twice per year, selectee may be required to obtain and maintain in good standing a Government-issued Travel Card for official government travel purposes.

The Department of the Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they may require reasonable accommodations should email their request to nsapplications@ to ensure proper consideration is given. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

This activity is a Drug-Free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace, and Sailors, their family members, and all other customers have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All resumes will be reviewed to determine if they meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement, and will be rated based on the information provided in the resume to determine the level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. Using the qualifications of the position, a predetermined rating criterion of knowledge, skills, and abilities will be used for each resume. Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews.

Click the following link to preview the applicant questionnaire: Preview Applicant Questionnaire .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

USAJobs Resume

Proof of education (transcripts/copy of degree/high school diploma), if applicable to position requirements.

If claiming Veteran's Preference, a legible copy of DD-214 (page 4) as well as any other supporting documentation (disability, proof of service, SF-15, etc). is required.

If claiming Military Spouse Preference, a copy of sponsor's orders is required for NF-03 and below or equivalent.

If claiming Department of Defense (DOD) Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) Business Based Action (BBA) Priority consideration, submit a copy of the notice of separation.

If you are a current federal employee, submit your most recent Personnel Action Report (PAR) or SF-50.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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