Testing for National Park Service Lifeguard Jobs

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Date: January 5, 2009
Contact: Brian Feeney, 718-354-4606

Over 100 positions available in New York and New Jersey

Strong female and male swimmers are being encouraged to take the pre-employment test scheduled locally to qualify for summer 2009 lifeguard jobs with the National Park Service at Jacob Riis Park, Queens; Great Kills Park, Staten Island; and Sandy Hook, New Jersey. All three are units of Gateway National Recreation Area.

Lifeguards with the National Park Service work five, eight-hour days each week.

Hourly pay for these lifeguard jobs will range from $13.19 to $22.73 per hour.

Applicants for these positions do not need prior lifeguard experience, but all applicants must pass a five-part pre-employment performance test. First, applicants must swim 600 yards in under 10 minutes. Second, in under four minutes, they must perform a simulated rescue, swimming 50 yards to retrieve a dummy, towing that dummy 50 yards, getting out of the water and carrying a 150-pound person 50 feet, and then performing rescue breathing on a CPR training manikin for a minute.

Third, they must swim underwater for 125 feet, surfacing exactly four times. Fourth, they must break free from the grip of another person underwater. Finally, they must run 1½ miles in under 12 minutes.

In addition to passing all five parts of the performance test in one test session, applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years or older on the day of appointment. They must also meet applicable civil service requirements. Preference is given to qualified veterans. Applicants without prior lifeguard experience who are hired will be put through a full training program.

To preregister for the test, call toll free 1–800–678–7946.

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