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JG Coordinator/Lead City Lifeguard

  2019-01-10     City of Capitola     420 Capitola Ave., Capitola     $19.81 to $22.94 hour  


Under the supervision of the Recreation Supervisor, the Capitola Junior Lifeguard Coordinator/Lead City Lifeguard is responsible for supervision and planning of daily activities and operation of the Junior Lifeguard Staff and program, and coordination with contract tower lifeguard staff.

The Coordinator/Lead City Lifeguard duties may include:

  • • Assisting in hiring Junior Lifeguard Instructor/Beach Lifeguard Staff;
  • • In collaboration with Central Fire Protection District, assists with training for Junior Lifeguard Instructor/Beach Lifeguard Staff
  • • Conducts annual inventory of program equipment and supplies to ensure USLA Minimum Equipment Standards are met. Maintains equipment and communicates any ordering needs for the program.
  • • Work with City staff to plan, organize and implement activities; coordinating daily use of the beach; developing a weekly calendar; handling issues as they arise; completing all required paperwork.
  • • Informs JG staff of safety hazards and ocean conditions and is proactive in preventing rescue situations.
  • • Assist Santa Cruz Marine Safety Division, if necessary, in search and operations.
  • • Incumbent works closely with other allied public safety agencies, and Junior Guard Parents Club as directed by the Recreation Supervisor.
  • • Promotes workplace employee safety by adhering to established safety protocols and polices.
  • • Identifies and corrects problems whenever possible and informs supervisor through the chain of command if unable to remedy.

The Coordinator/Lead City Lifeguard will work closely with the Central Fire Protection District, Recreation Department administration, Santa Cruz Marine Safety Division, Capitola Police administration, and all allied public safety agencies. The Coordinator/Lead City Lifeguard must interact in a professional and courteous manner with the public and other emergency service employees.


  • • USLA Open Water Lifeguard Certificate or written verification from last USLA employer.
  • • 18 years of age
  • • Must provide a copy of valid CPR Certification (Pro or healthcare provider).
  • • Work experience of cumulative total of 1,000 hours of in no fewer than two seasons as an open water lifeguard at a lifeguard agency which meets the standards of the USLA is highly desirable.
  • • EMT certification is highly desirable.
  • • Physical ability and stamina to perform the duties of an open water lifeguard
  • • The ability to meet and maintain a 500m ocean swim time of under 10 minutes
  • • Vision 20-30 corrected.
  • • Training or experience in working with children
  • • Criminal history and fingerprint check.
  • • Applicants must have at least one season as an instructor in a Junior Lifeguard program.
  • • Successful completion of required lifeguard training program after initial hiring process is completed. Successful completion and maintenance of required medical training certificates.
  • • Meet the minimum requirements for a USLA open water lifeguard.
  • • Proof of negative tuberculosis test or clear chest X-ray must be presented within 14 days of hire - No exceptions.


  • • Ability to effectively supervise the activities of the Junior Lifeguard Instructor/Beach Lifeguard Staff.
  • • Ability to effectively coach and evaluate the performances of subordinate personnel.
  • • Willingness to maintain discipline, confront problems and take appropriate action with staff or participants.
  • • Ability to pursue an effective and prudent course of action in emergency situation.
  • • Willingness to work weekends and varying irregular shifts.
  • • Swim in adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time.
  • • Interact in a professional and courteous manner with the public, JG Parents and other emergency service employees.


  • • First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) Certification.
  • • A safe driving record as determined by the City’s Personnel Department
  • • Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor or other aquatics training
  • • Experience in supervising staff and providing feedback


The JG Coordinator/Lead City Lifeguard is a Part-Time/Seasonal position from March-September, not to exceed 960 hours in a calendar year. Candidates for JG Coordinator/City Lifeguard must be available for full-time employment (40 hours per week) from April through September.


Applicants are required to submit a City application in addition to resume and any relevant documents. Applicants with corrective lens restrictions must provide a physician’s note, dated within 30 days, to verify current vision. Those candidates who most closely meet the requirements of the position will be invited for a swim test and oral interview. Successful candidates must attend mandatory training scheduled in June.  The City of Capitola employment application and recruitment notice can be found on the City's website at


Candidates must complete 200 meter run - 500 meter swim in the ocean in 10 minutes. Wetsuits are permitted, no swim fins.

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