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Supervisory Recreation Assistant Lifeguard

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Us National Park Service

$17.83 to $17.83

Chincoteague Island, VA

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$17.83 to $17.83 per hour

Pay scale & grade

GS 6

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Appointment type

Temporary - 1039 hours


2 vacancies in the following locations:

Berlin, MD

Berlin, MD

1 vacancy

Chincoteague, VA

Chincoteague, VA

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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U.S. Citizens, CTAP, ICTAP

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

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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 - Sept, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: 05/01/2018

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.

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The Supervisory Recreation Assistant (Head Surf Lifeguard) GS-0189-06 position serves as the Head Lifeguard at one of the two protected beach units, taking responsibility for the operation of the protected beach, the safety of the visitors and supervision of up to seven lifeguards on a daily basis. The Head Lifeguard is responsible for organization, planning and management of the district beach operation. The Supervisory Recreation Assistant (Head Surf Lifeguard) performs lifeguard services during assigned tours of duty, including search and rescue, lifesaving, preventive lifeguarding and providing appropriate care to injured and ill visitors. The Supervisory Recreation Assistant (Head Surf Lifeguard) is required to complete daily in-service physical training consisting of soft sand running and ocean swimming. The Head Surf Lifeguard ensures that district staff completes daily in-service training and assigns EMS training drills and rescue training drills to subordinates. The Head Surf Lifeguard prepares rescue reports and maintains records, and ensures that the district staff follows procedures consistent with park policies.

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.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

0189 Recreation Aid And Assistant

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Lifeguards, Beach

Trainers, Fitness



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.

Must pass a pre-employment physical

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.

Government housing is available.

Wearing the National Park Service Lifeguard uniform is required.

You may be required to work weekends & holidays.

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.


SELECTIVE FACTOR: These positions are responsible for responding to emergency water related calls in and outside of the protected beach zones. The lifeguards are the initial and primary responders for water related emergencies and for injured or ill park visitors. Due to the critical nature of this position and the impact on visitor health and safety, a CPR and an Emergency Medical Responder certification is required for this position. The GS-06 candidate must be ready to help train others in Emergency medical response starting on their EOD. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.

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SELECTIVE FACTOR: The positions are responsible for training staff in ocean/surf lifeguard skills starting on their EOD. Ocean/Surf Lifeguard Experience is required. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.

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To qualify for this position at the GS-06 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as, but not limited to: Provide overall supervision for a staff of Recreation Assistants (Lifeguard) that may include subordinate Lead Recreation Assistants (Lifeguard) who are responsible for patrolling and providing lifesaving services to the public at a pool or beach facility, perform the duties and responsibilities of a Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard), that includes patrolling and providing lifesaving services to the public at a pool or beach facility, develop and conduct lifeguard and lifesaving training for a staff of Recreation Assistants (Lifeguard), managing a pool or beach facility that includes a staff of lifeguards. You must include number of hours worked per week.


EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degrees as a Master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field directly related to this Supervisory Recreation Assistant position and that demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of this Supervisory Recreation Assistant position. Examples of Master's or equivalent graduate degrees in a field directly related to this Supervisory Recreation Assistant position may include Sports and Recreation Management, Sports and Recreation Studies, Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Administration, etc. You must include transcripts.


Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and one and a half academic years of directly-related graduate level education (50% of the qualifying education). The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. 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.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for the possibility of extensions or rehire in subsequent service years.

Working Conditions: Work is performed outdoors in direct sun, carrying heavy loads, working in an ocean beach environment. The terrain can be uneven and consists of soft or hard packed sand mixed with shells and other debris. Incumbent will be subject to weather variances such as extreme heat or cold, rainy conditions and high UV and heat indexes. The incumbent will be subject to cold water temperatures, large waves and marine organisms when training or making water rescues. The work can be hazardous when dealing with blood or other body fluids when making rescues. Personal protective gear is required.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job

Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

First Response

Interpersonal Skills


Technical Competence

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/02/2018:

Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and, indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade. Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as employer name and location; from and to dates (or to present for current position), which includes the month, year, and hours worked per week for each description of experience, with pay plan/grade, if applicable education and training, etc. Failing to include the employment information listed above may affect your eligibility for this position. Please ensure your resume/employment history includes all the information listed above. We encourage you to use the USAJobs Resume Builder. You will not receive credit for experience that does not indicate the exact hours worked per week or is listed as varies. Part-time hours are prorated. Your description of experience and education must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make any assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response. To view a sample resume visit:

A complete Occupational Questionnaire - PLEASE NOTE: You will not be considered for any eligibility you do not select.

Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as: Veterans Preference Documentation

: If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15

. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran

, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15

, and if applicable, a completed SF15

. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from

or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.

Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.

College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.

Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan

consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.

Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/02/2018. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES. Select Apply. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login or create an account

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After reading and certifying the application is true and submitted in good faith, select Continue to Agency Site.

Follow onscreen prompts and instructions to complete your application.

Add the supporting documents by indexing your documents with the dropdown. Upload any missing required documents or optional documents.

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Note: When you click Update Application, you will be prompted to re-select your documents from USAJOBS. Documents submitted with the first application will no longer be associated with the applicant record. So it is important that you select all documents you want to use in the re-application.

Agency contact information

Melissa Blank Melissa Blank


(267) 528-3182



Assateague Island National Seashore

7206 National Seashore Lane

Berlin, MD


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Next steps

Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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