Recreation Assistant (Lead Lifeguard)

Chesapeake, Virginia
May 05, 2021
May 14, 2021
Full Time


This position is assigned to the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Fitness, Sports, and Deployed Forces Support Branch; Fleet Readiness; Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC); North West Annex, Chesapeake VA. Incumbent provides lifeguard duties; is responsible for safeguarding the lives of persons at the assigned work area; assists with Aquatic training, education and general support at the installation.
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Pool and/or Waterfront Lifeguard duties comprise 60% of incumbent's duties and include but are not limited to:
  • Performs all pool and/or waterfront lifeguard responsibilities such as supervising swimmers/patrons and their activities, monitoring all natural water activities, applying first aid, enforcing safety rules and reporting safety hazards to supervisor, and performing water rescues as necessary.
  • Observers and documents conditions of area assigned (e.g., possible hazards, water/chemical conditions, marine life, wind and weather) to ensure a safe environment, removing hazardous materials when necessary (e.g., floating debris, glass, etc.)
  • Performs rescue work, promptly renders cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or emergency first aid, and calls for medical assistance as necessary.
  • Conducts and documents pool chemical testing results. Checks chlorine and pH levels on a scheduled basis; notifies Certified Pool Operator or supervisor of chemical imbalances; may adjust chemicals as directed.
  • Marks swim and surf areas with a flag system. (Waterfront Only)
  • Operates rescue vehicles (e.g., PWC rescue craft, patrol boats, automobiles), as needed. (Waterfront only)

General (includes but not limited to):
  • Administers aquatic assessment testing and certification in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON) and CNIC policy.
  • Provides introductory equipment orientations, when needed.
  • Checks identification cards for authorized patrons and collects usage fees, if applicable.
  • Checks identification cards for authorized patrons and collects usage fees, if applicable.
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the activity, security, medical departments, and Aquatics Program Manager during emergency situations.
  • Performs cleaning duties (e.g., basic janitorial services, vacuuming, skimming) and routine facility maintenance as assigned by Aquatics Program Manager.
  • Inspects stands, boards, ropes, safety gear and condition of the dressing rooms, ensuring they are within the condition required by environmental health standards. Informs supervisor of deficiencies.
  • Uses and maintains care of emergency equipment (e.g., specialized kits and bags, backboards, suction devices, splints, stretchers, monitoring equipment).
  • Enforces applicable policies and procedures of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) regarding the use of Aquatic facilities and waterfront operations.
  • Prepares accident/incident reports during emergency situations. Notifies management of all emergencies immediately.
  • Works with hazardous materials. (e.g., cleaning agents, pool chemicals.)

Lead duties comprise 40% of incumbent's time and include but are not limited to:
  • Leads and directs the work of three (3) or more lifeguard crew during work shifts, ensuring duties are performed in accordance with established safety regulations and policies.
  • Interviews and recommends selection of all lifeguard positions to the Aquatics Program Manager or Fitness Program Director, as needed.
  • Schedules, coordinates and conducts in-service training of assigned lifeguards and recreational swimming instructors. Orients new lifeguards to job duties and responsibilities.
  • Monitors and tracks all the lifeguards' training requirements and certifications to ensure they are current and/or competent in all rescue techniques to include first aid and CPR.
  • Monitors lifeguard rotation schedules, issues directives, and monitors work performance. Recommends personnel actions to the Aquatics Program Manager.
  • Assists with the scheduling of lifeguards to ensure adequate coverage of pool areas are maintained during operating hours. Notifies the manager of employee absences and issues.
  • Inventories and recognizes when supplies or equipment needs to be ordered and communicates the needs to the Aquatics Program Manager.
  • Interfaces with patrons regarding concerns, problems, or any other significant issues. Provides input and feedback while responding to problems.
  • Ensures the aquatics programs are occurring as scheduled and assist with the overall management of swimming events.
  • Monitors the functions of the aquatics activities and provides input to the Aquatics Program Manager.
  • Carries out the full range of work leader responsibilities to include performing in an acting capacity in the absence of the Aquatic Program Manager
  • Assists in the planning, coordination and scheduling of recurring activities, special events and community undertaking the maximize use of facilities and resources consistent with the military mission.
  • Teaches various swimming skills and water safety for all age groups. Prepares material for classes being taught. Ensures the safety of all patrons in the class.
  • Schedules use of lanes and aquatic spaces for patron use.
  • During emergency situations, assumes a leadership position and takes control of the emergency situation.
  • Performs opening and closing procedures of the facility.

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


Resumes must include information which demonstrates experience, knowledge, skills, and ability (KSAs) as they relate to this position. Applicants are encouraged to be clear and specific when describing their experience level and KSAs.

A qualified candidate possess the following:
  • Knowledge of pool and waterfront safety rules.
  • Knowledge of the beach environment, marine life, and beach and water hazard is required for waterfront lifeguard positions.
  • Knowledge of DoD, DON, CNIC, and MWR policies and procedures governing aquatic assessment testing and certifications and use of Aquatic facilities and waterfront operations.
  • Knowledge of cash handling procedures, if applicable.
  • Knowledge of and ability to conduct pool chemical testing, document the results, and adjust chemical imbalances, as directed.
  • Skill in an ability to provide training.
  • Skilled or proficient in surf lifesaving techniques and radio communications to perform a safe and efficient rescue operation.
  • Ability to appropriately identify hazards or hazardous situations and identify a patron's need for assistance immediately.
  • Ability to act decisively and immediately in any situation which could result in harm to a patron by identifying a patron in distress.
  • Ability to tactfully, but forcefully, provide instruction on water safety, facility rules and regulations, and enforce them.
  • Ability to conduct routine safety inspections of facility and pool area to ensure they meet environmental health standards.
  • Ability to exercise control over a large group of people.
  • Ability to perform the full range of work leader responsibilities.
  • Ability to work of subordinate staff and appropriately manager conflict.
  • Ability to schedule work, handle last-minute changes, and evaluate performance.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


List degree if it's a positive education series or if degree is a preference.

If not a positive education series add the following statement: This position does not have a positive education requirement.

Additional information

Conditions of Employment Cont.:

Must be able to pass an initial and recurrent physical agility test. Must be able to complete an ocean run swim run event (1/4 mile run, 500-meter swim, 1/4 mile run). (Waterfront Only)

Must be able to complete a 500-meter swim in less than 10 minutes in a controlled environment. (Waterfront Only)

Lifeguard Pool:

Must possess and maintain the following certifications:

Lifeguard Training Certification in accordance with CNICINST 1710.3; CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Providers; First Aid to include Automated External Defibrillator Certification; and Blood Borne Pathognes.

The following certification is preferred, in addition to the required certifications above:

American Red Cross Small Craft Safety Training.

Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

Some positions have special requirements. Selectee may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. Participation in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within the first 30 days of employment is required. We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee's eligibility to work in the United States. Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 60 days of issuance of selection certificate. 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.

Executive Order 12564 requires a Federal workplace free of illegal drugs. According to the Executive Order, all Federal employees are required to remain drug free throughout their employment. Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Command is a Drug-Free Federal Workplace. The use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated, and use of or intoxication by illegal drugs will result in penalties up to and including removal from Federal Service.

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 to ensure proper consideration is given. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required at the time of application:

A résumé

OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment

If current Federal Employee, a copy of your most recent Personnel Action Report (PAR) or SF-50 and evaluation report is required.

If claiming Military Spouse Preference, a copy of sponsor's orders and marriage certificate is required.

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

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 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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