Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) - Full Time: NF-0189-02

**RECRUITING AND RETENTION BONUSES AUTHORIZED** 
** OPEN UNTIL FILLED**
 

Starting pay rate $13.53 with possible increase to $15.15 upon successful completion of provided Lifeguard and WSI training.

This position is assigned to the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Fitness, Sports, and Deployed Support Branch; Fleet Readiness; Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC); Naval Air Station Key West.  Incumbent provides lifeguard duties; is responsible for safeguarding the lives of persons at the assigned work area; assists with Aquatic training, education, and general support at the installation. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Pool and/or Waterfront Lifeguard duties comprise 60% of incumbent’s time and include but are not limited to: 

  • Performs all pool and/or waterfront lifeguard responsibilities (e.g., supervising swimmers/patrons and their activities, monitoring all natural water activities, applying first aid, enforcing safety rules, reporting safety hazards to supervisor, performing water rescues as necessary, etc.).
  • Observes conditions of area assigned (e.g., possible hazards, water/chemical conditions, wind and weather, etc.) to ensure a safe environment, removing hazardous materials when necessary (e.g., floating debris, glass, etc.).
  • Performs rescue work, promptly renders cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or emergency first aid, and calls for medical assistance as necessary.
  • Conducts and documents pool chemical testing results. Checks chlorine and pH levels on a scheduled basis; notifies Certified Pool Operator or supervisor of chemical imbalances; adjusts chemicals as directed.
  • Documents marine life, water conditions and weather conditions.
  • Marks swim and surf areas with a flag system.  (Waterfront Only)
  • Operates rescue vehicles (e.g., personal watercraft (PWC) rescue craft, patrol boats, automobiles, etc.), as needed. (Waterfront Only)

General duties comprise 40% of incumbent’s time and include but are not limited to: 

  • Administers aquatic assessment testing and certification in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON) and CNIC policy.
  • Provides introductory equipment orientations, as needed.
  • Checks identification cards for authorized patrons and collects usage fees, if applicable.
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the activity, security, medical departments, and Aquatics Coordinator during emergency situations.
  • Performs cleaning duties (e.g., basic janitorial services, vacuuming, skimming, etc.) and routine facility maintenance as assigned by Aquatics Coordinator.
  • Inspects stands, boards, ropes, safety gear and condition of the dressing rooms, ensuring they are within the condition required by environmental health standards. Informs supervisor of deficiencies.
  • Uses and maintains care of emergency equipment (e.g., specialized kits and bags, backboards, suction devices, splints, stretchers, monitoring equipment, etc.).
  • Enforces applicable policies and procedures of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) regarding the use of Aquatic facilities and waterfront operations.
  • Prepares accident/incident reports during emergency situations. Notifies management of all emergencies immediately.
  • Works with hazardous materials (e.g., cleaning agents, pool chemicals, etc.).

FACTORS

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION

  • Knowledge of pool and waterfront safety rules.
  • Knowledge of the beach environment, marine life, and beach and water hazards. (Waterfront Only)
  • Knowledge of DoD, DON and CNIC policies and procedures governing aquatic assessment testing and certifications.
  • Knowledge of applicable policies and procedures of MWR regarding the use of Aquatic facilities and waterfront operations.
  • Knowledge of cash handling procedures.
  • Ability to appropriately identify hazards or hazardous situations and identify a patron's need for assistance immediately.
  • Ability to tactfully, but forcefully, provide instruction on water safety, facility rules and regulations, and enforce them.
  • Ability to conduct routine safety inspections of the facility and pool area to ensure they meet environmental health standards.
  • Knowledge of and ability to conduct pool chemical testing, document the results, and adjust chemical imbalances, as directed.
  • Skilled or proficient in surf lifesaving techniques and radio communications to perform a safe and efficient rescue operation.
  • Ability to exercise control over a large group of people.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

Works under direct supervision of the Aquatics Coordinator.  Incumbent uses initiative in completing 
daily/routine assignments and receives general guidance from Lead Lifeguard or Aquatics Coordinator. Work is reviewed in terms of results achieved and through occasional quality checks and inspections. 

GUIDELINES

Guidelines consist of Navy Fitness, Sports & Aquatics Support program standards, departmental policies, regulations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and augmented regulations and procedures issued at local level. Generally accepted procedures found in the fitness industry and adopted by reputable aquatics organizations are used. 

COMPLEXITY

Work consists of continually evaluating the overall safety and effectiveness of the operation, ensuring the safety of all patrons at all times.  The incumbent may be responsible for a number of patrons or groups of patrons simultaneously, and must constantly assess possible risk situations, ensure the area is free of preventable hazards, and differentiate between patrons loud and physical play versus a call for assistance. 

SCOPE AND EFFECT

Work involves performance of specific routine operations that include few tasks or procedures, but can have a significant impact on the well-being of patrons and staff. Duties performed contribute directly to the military community's readiness, physical fitness, morale, and quality of life. The incumbent promotes physical fitness and healthful living, which will have a positive influence in improving the morale, physical and mental well-being of all customers. 

PERSONAL CONTACTS

Contacts are primarily with facility patrons, recreation co-workers, and other local activity staff. Occasional contacts may include security, police, vendors, Command Fitness Leaders, etc. 

PURPOSE OF CONTACTS

The purpose of contacts is to plan, implement, and administer Aquatics programs; motivate participants; arrange staff assistance; resolve problems; enforce policies and procedures; provide customer service; increase participation; and promote quality of life programs. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Work includes extended hours of sitting and standing and requires prolonged hours in the pool during swim lessons or other activities. Work involves frequent lifting or pulling of pool equipment, cleaning supplies, and program participants. Applicant must be able to maintain physical ability to complete the swim and rescue skill portion of their respective certifying agency. The incumbent must be able to lift and carry objects up to 50lbs independently and objects over 50lbs with assistance, while performing normal duties in the area. May perform work that poses physical demands beyond normal requirements during rescue. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in indoor or outdoor aquatics facilities. Indoor aquatics facilities are subjected to high humidity. Outdoor aquatics/waterfront facilities are subjected to variable weather conditions. 

OTHER FACTORS

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with CNIC, if after November 22. CNIC will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of CNIC a legally required exception from this requirement.

Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a valid state driver’s license. 

Must be able to work varied work schedules to include nights, weekends and holidays. 

Must be able to work with hazardous and biohazardous materials (e.g., cleaning agents, pool chemicals, blood, etc.). 

Must be able to satisfactorily complete background investigation - National Agency Check with Written Inquires (NACI), upon hiring and renew every 5 years.   

Must be able to pass an initial and recurrent physical agility test. 

Must be able to complete an ocean run swim run event (1/4 mile run, 500-meter swim, 1/4 mile run). (Waterfront Only) 

Must be able to complete a 500-meter swim in less than 10 minutes in a controlled environment. (Waterfront Only) 

Lifeguard Pool:

Must possess and maintain the following certifications: 

  • Lifeguard Training Certification in accordance with CNICINST 1710.3;
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Providers;
  • First Aid to include Automated External Defibrillator Certification; and
  • Blood Borne Pathogens.

Lifeguard Waterfront: 
Must possess and maintain the following certifications: 

  • International Life Saving Federation or Red Cross Waterfront;
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Emergency Response through the American Red Cross or equivalent; and
  • Blood Borne Pathogens.

The following certification is preferred, in addition to the required certifications above: 

  • American Red Cross Small Craft Safety Training

 

HOW TO APPLY

All application forms and current vacancy announcements can be found on-line at: www.navymwrkeywest.com/jobs. To contact the Human Resources Office directly please call 305-293-2518.

SUBMIT COMPLETED

  • DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT (OF 306)
  • NAF APPLICATION
  • CURRENT RESUME

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the NAF Employment Application form, applicants are required to fill in the 'Position Applying For' field and the 'Announcement No.' field. 

You may attach any other information that you wish to be considered (training, certifications, etc.).  Completed applications and information may be submitted via any option listed below:

SUBMIT IN PERSON (w/ base access):

MWR Personnel Office

BLDG A-711                             

NAS KEY WEST, FL 33040                  

SUBMIT IN PERSON VIA DROP-BOX (w/o base access:)

 Drop Box is located inside the Pass & ID Office outside the main gate at Boca Chica.

SUBMIT VIA U.S. MAIL:                 

MWR Personnel Office                  

P.O. BOX 9027

NAS Key West, FL 33040

SUBMIT VIA FAX: 

305-293-2416

All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a minimum of 3 years prior to application and must successfully pass a suitability check be considered. As a condition of employment, selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer with the first 30 days of employment.  Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may not be interviewed and due to the volume of applications received, may not be notified. 

Dept. of the Navy NAF is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or any other non-merit factors. Reasonable accommodations are provided to applicants with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resource Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

Navy Region Southeast is a drug-free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace. Sailors and their family members have a right to reliable and productive Federal workforce.

Guidelines for Claiming Employment Preference:

Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Qualifying separated employees shall have a priority placement in the NAF activity from which they were separated as a result of a Business Based Action (BBA), when the position has substantially the same duties as the position from which they were separated and it is not a higher grade or employment category, provided the position is not being filled by an internal candidate.

To claim this preference, you MUST:

  • Submit a copy of your BBA Separation
  • Notification indicating eligibility for RPL

Military Spouse Preference (MSP): Qualifying spouses eligible for MSP are spouses of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including members of the National Guard or Reserves on active duty. The Marriage must have occurred before the military member received official permanent change of station (PCS) orders to the installation listed above. MSP is applicable only when applying for NAF positions at the NF-03 and below and equivalent craft and trade (CT) positions.

To claim this preference, you MUST:

  • Submit a sponsor’s PCS orders to installation you are applying for; AND
  • If you are not indicated as a spouse on the PCS orders, you MUST submit proof of marriage prior to PCS

Veteran’s Preference/Gold Star Veteran’s Preference: Qualifying military veterans and spouses/parents of deceased veterans shall be given employment preference over non-preference applicants if they are equally qualified. Preference applicable for positions open to external candidates.

To claim Veteran’s preference, you must:

  • Submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy): AND
  • Submit Completed SF15 from the Veterans Administration (VA); AND
  • Submit any other supporting documentation (disability, official statements, proof of service, etc.)

To claim Gold Star Veteran’s preference, you MUST:

  • Submit completed SF-15 from the Veterans Administration (VA); AND
  • Submit a legible copy of DD-1300; AND
  • Submit any other supporting documentation (official statements, document of service, court decree, etc.)