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Recreation Aid Lifeguard In Training

Chincoteague, VA

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These positions are located in Assateague Island National Seashore, in the Protection Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information.

These positions are Full-Time temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months) in a service year. Positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement may be eligible for rehire in subsequent service years provided the employee does not exceed 1039 hours of work in their service year.

The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for Assateague Island National Seashore is May-September, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: June 2018

PLEASE NOTE: The National Park Service's (NPS) policy on Less than 1040 appointments (also known as temporary seasonal appointments) has changed. Your service history will be reviewed to ensure compliance with current NPS Less than 1040 policy prior to you being offered a position in the Northeast Region.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

EARLY CONSIDERATION: 5/29/18, All applications submitted by 11:59 pm EST, will be considered. As vacancies remain, applications received after 5/29, will be considered on an as needed basis.

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The Recreation Assistant (Surf Lifeguard) performs lifeguard services during assigned tours of duty, including search and rescue, lifesaving and preventive lifeguarding. The Recreation Assistant (Surf Lifeguard) will supervise and protect visitors at an ocean lifeguarded beach, including compliance with rules and regulations, assisting visitors, and providing emergency medical services. Inspects and is responsible for the condition and storage of equipment assigned. Surf Lifeguards are required to complete daily in-service training including soft sand running and ocean swimming. Additional workouts, EMS training drills and rescue training drills are assigned at the discretion of supervisor. Prepares rescue reports and maintains records as necessary. Procedures consistent with park policies and protected beach operations are followed.

Note: Must be able swim 500 yards in less than 10 minutes and must be able to run 1.25 miles in less than 12 minutes.

Position Location: Assateague Island National Seashore is located on the eastern coast of Maryland and Virginia, approximately 130 miles east of Washington, DC. The area is largely rural, with numerous small towns and the seaside resorts of Ocean City, MD and Chincoteague, VA nearby. Complete shopping and medical services are available as are public and private schools. The small city of Salisbury, MD is about 30 miles west of the headquarters area and has shopping centers, a university and a large hospital. Summers are hot and humid, with high temperatures commonly in the 90s. Winters are mild with little snow and daytime temperatures usually above freezing. Please visit Assateague Island National Seashore for area information.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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0189 Recreation Aid And Assistant

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship required.
* Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
* Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
* Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
* You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
* You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record.
* Must pass a pre-employment physical.
* Wearing the National Park Service Lifeguard uniform is required.
* You may be required to weekends and holidays.
* Government housing is available.
* Upon selection, the candidate must be able to pass the Assateague Surf School program. The candidate must be able to pass the ARC First Responder Cognitive Exam with a score of 80 percent or better along with a pass or fail on the practical exam. Candidate must pass surf lifeguard skills training practical and cognitive exam. Incumbent must be able to successfully complete a timed ocean swim of 500 yards in less than 10 minutes, and complete a timed 1.5 mile run in less than 12 minutes.
* Required daily in-service training regimen includes a 2000-yard run (1.14 miles), followed by a 500-yard ocean swim, followed by a run/swim/run combination of 100 yards each.
* You will be required to possess a current Emergency Medical Responder certification.
* Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program.


To qualify for this position at the GS-04 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: Have at least six (6) months of general experience that demonstrates my ability to perform the work of the position such as, but not limited to, dealing with the public, maintaining supplies/equipment and following oral and or written instructions, etc., AND have six (6) months of specialized experience performing lifeguard duties (also, developing and administering a swimming program; serving as a swim instructor). You must include hours per week worked.

* OR-

EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two years of study above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to recreation (e.g., basic psychology, group dynamics, physical education, arts and crafts, etc.).. You must include transcripts.

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Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. You must include transcripts.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as varies.


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

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