Ocean Life Guards - Seasonal

ApplicationOcean Life Guards - Seasonal

You may apply by fax 904-242-3498, Email Human Resources, by mail, or in person at the City of Atlantic Beach City Hall located at 800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach, Florida.

If you cannot apply through one of these means, we would be more than happy to mail an application to you which can be completed and returned by mail.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Must not have utilized tobacco products within the past twelve months. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check that includes, but may not be limited to:
    • Reference checks from both prior employers and personnel
    • Criminal history check
    • Driver history check 
  • Must complete two physical fitness tests consisting of a pool swim and an
    ocean swim/run test. (see Phase 2, Employment Process) 
  • Successfully complete and maintain the requirements for an Open Water
    Lifeguard per USLA, Guidelines for Open Water Lifeguard Agency
    Certification. (see Phase 4, Employment Process) 
  • Lifeguards without a First Responder certificate must obtain a First Responder certificate
    prior to continued lifeguard employment. (see Phase 4, Employment Process) 
  • Must complete a pre-employment physical to verify that you can perform the essential
    functions of the position 
  • Must complete a pre-employment drug screen

Employment Process

Phase 1. New Lifeguards: A City of Atlantic Beach New Ocean Lifeguard Application form
Application must be submitted prior to the advertised date if you did not work for the City of Atlantic
Beach during the last lifeguard season.

Returning Lifeguards: A City of Atlantic Beach Returning Lifeguard Application form Application  must be submitted prior to the advertised date if you worked for the City of Atlantic
Beach as a lifeguard during the last lifeguard season.

Phase 2. Must complete two physical fitness tests consisting of a pool swim and an ocean swim/run
test. The pool swim test requirement is to swim 500 meters (550 yards) in the pool in 10
minutes or less. After successfully completing the pool swim test, applicants will report to
the beach in front of the Atlantic Beach Lifeguard Station, 1 Ahern Street, Atlantic Beach, for
the ocean swim/run test. The ocean swim/run test consists of running approximately 1/2 mile
on the beach with a buoy, entering the ocean, swimming approximately 1/2 mile in the ocean
while towing the buoy, exiting the ocean, and returning to the starting point in 30 minutes or
less.

  If not already provided, the following forms and documents must be brought to the testing: 

 - Drivers license
- Social Security Card
- Certificates of training and/or documentation of any lifeguard related training such as EMT,
First Responder, first aid, etc. 

Phase 3. Those applicants that satisfactorily complete Phase 1 and 2 above will be considered by the
department and the best qualified candidate(s) shall be given a background check. 

Phase 4. Those given a conditional offer of employment must: 

  - Successfully pass a pre-employment physical and drug screening 

 - Take a Hepatitis B Vaccine (optional but recommended) 

 - Successfully complete and maintain the requirements for an Open Water Lifeguard per
USLA, Guidelines for Open Water Lifeguard Agency Certification. This is an approximately
48 hour classroom and on-the-job training course taught by Atlantic Beach free of charge.
Lifeguards will be paid while attending this course. 

 - Lifeguards without a First Responder certificate must obtain a First Responder certificate
prior to continued lifeguard employment. A First Responder class of approximately 43.5
hours is offered by Atlantic Beach with classes normally held at night or on weekends.
Lifeguards may obtain a First Responder certificate by completion of this class or they may
  obtain a First Responder certificate through other training offered in the Jacksonville area.
If required, a CPR certificate will also be obtained during First Responder training. Lifeguards
will not be paid while attending this course.  

Application

Although optional, all applicants are also requested and encouraged to complete an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Survey Form