Supervising Lifeguard - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Safety
  • Salary: $27.11 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Are you an experienced lifeguard?
Join the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department as a Supervising Lifeguard!

Multiple Positions Available.

As a Supervising Lifeguard with Regional Parks , you're offered the opportunity to work in a variety of environments, and depending on location, responsibilities will include:

  • Supervising lifeguards
  • Monitoring swimming beaches at Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon and Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach
  • Enforcing regulations at County parks, beaches, or water areas
  • Supporting family fun activities at Spring Lake Water Park
  • Lifeguarding the Vamos A Nadar water safety program
  • Educating the public on the Russian River Water Safety Patrol visiting the beaches at Steelhead, Sunset, and Forestville River Access
  • Performing water rescues and administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other first aid, when needed
  • Scheduling lifeguards, conducting ongoing skills training, and facilitating staff meetings
Additionally, Supervising Lifeguards may be assigned to the Junior Lifeguard Program, which teaches youth lifesaving techniques, strategies, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Lifeguards work between the hours of 9:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, weekends, and holidays. The typical work schedule is 32-40 hours per week.

For details about the various lifeguard work environments across the County, please visit:

Regional Parks hires 15-20 Lifeguards/Supervising Lifeguards per season. Basic bilingual English/Spanish skills are desirable, but not required. As a United States Lifesaving Association Certified Agency, the County of Sonoma Regional Parks Department ensures Lifeguards are trained in over 80 hours of first aid rescue techniques.

Important Note: If selected, candidates will be required to participate in swimming and physical fitness testing before being hired, which includes swimming 550 yards (500 meters) in under 10 minutes.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.
This recruitment is being conducted to fill multiple extra-help positions in the Regional Parks Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of this list.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include 700 hours of experience as an open water lifeguard. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the ability to swim 550 yards (500 meters) in less than 10 minutes.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Required Certificates: Possession of a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate, YMCA Lifeguarding Certificate, United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Lifeguard Training Certificate, or equivalent certification, AND an Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) card, AND American Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer certificate is required.

Desirable Certificates: Possession of a valid American Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Instructor's Certification, American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Instructor Certificate, American Red Cross Standard First Aid Instructor Certificate, AND American Red Cross Emergency Responder or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate is highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: modern water safety practices and accepted lifesaving and lifeguarding techniques; current principles and the performance of first aid techniques.

Knowledge of: summer camp practices and methods of working with youth in a camp or program activity; English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition.

Ability to: swim 550 yards (500 meters) in under ten minutes; effectively schedule, coordinate, assign, evaluate and supervise the work of a group of lifeguards engaged in lifesaving, lifeguarding and first aid activities, and Junior Lifeguard Program activities; swim for extended periods and to accomplish swimming rescues; use and train staff in the use of appropriate rescue equipment; perform first aid treatments, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation; visually observe and evaluate emergency situations and respond quickly in making swimming rescues; deal effectively and tactfully with the public in the enforcement of water safety and park regulations; read and write English and speak clearly and effectively; operate radio and telephone communication devices effectively.

Willingness to: work weekdays, weekends, holidays and irregular hours.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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HR Technician: KK

IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits described herein do not apply to Extra Help positions.


These are some of the excellent benefits the County offers:

Paid Time Off :Competitive vacation accrual and sick leave accruals; additional management leave annually; 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year; and may be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment.

Health Plan :Choice of five health plans (a PPO, EPO, HMO, and two deductible HMOs) with a County paid premium contribution.

Retirement :Fully integrated with Social Security.For more information regarding eligibility, retirement contributions, and reciprocity with prior public service, please visit .

IRS 457 Plan :Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum.

Retiree Medical :County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits.

Plus excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development, and more.

For answers to specific questions regarding the employment process and more details about benefits or retirement, please contact Human Resources at (707) 565-2331.Additional details about benefit and compensation packages can be found in the MOUs located at . For specific information about health and welfare benefits including plan options, coverage, and premium amounts go to or, contact the Human Resources' Risk Management-Benefits Office at or (707) 565-2900.

*IMPORTANT NOTES: Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

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