Purpose of Classification
The purpose of this classification is to protect lives by
overseeing and ensuring the safety of visitors to the beach.
The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are
intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within
this classification. They are not listed in any order of
importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or
functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work
is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this
classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Oversees the activities of visitors to the beach; supervises
swimmers in area; takes preventive safety actions; provides
emergency first aid; performs CPR; makes rescues; contacts
appropriate medical or emergency personnel when necessary; assists
boaters in distress.
Sets up and breaks down lifeguard tower; evaluates and informs
public of ocean conditions.
Observes ocean conditions. Swims in rough water and strong surf
to assist swimmers and make rescues as needed.
Provides emergency first aid. Utilizes basic life support
equipment including bag valve masks, suction
units, and automated external defibrillators; performs CPR.
Operates rescue boards, rescue buoys, rescue boats, and other
rescue equipment as needed.
Assists in locating missing persons.
Provides information; answers patrons' questions.
Maintains high level of physical fitness level through
completion of mandatory workouts.
Maintains training in medical rescues.
Prepares incident reports.
Keeps beach free of dangerous debris.
Assists in maintaining equipment.
Helps injured wildlife.
Answers the telephone.
Performs other related duties as required.
High school diploma or valid equivalent.
Two (2) months previous experience involving lifeguard
Must possess and maintain certification as a professional
Must possess and maintain a CPR Certification.
Must attain First Responder Certification or higher level of
certification (EMT or Paramedic) within the first year of hire.
- Must possess [or be able to obtain within fourteen (14) days of
hire] and maintain a valid State of Florida driver's license.
Effectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other
departments, contractors, engineers, companies, vendors, outside
agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate
work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or
Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and
information to the appropriate individuals.
Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory
Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief
oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working
relationships with supervisor, customers, other employees, other
departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Ability to compile, assemble, copy, record and/or transcribe
data according to a prescribed schema or plan.
Ability to discern whether readily observable functional,
structural or compositional characteristics are similar to or
divergent from prescribed standards, procedures or routines.
Ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation
to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to
Ability to safely and appropriately operate and monitor the
functioning of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used
in performing essential functions.
Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive
data and information.
Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or
Ability to carry out semi-routine standardized work with some
latitude for independent judgment concerning choices of action.
Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in
situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory,
judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is
clearly measurable or verifiable.
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS / ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
Physical Ability: Tasks require the regular and sustained
performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically
involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping,
kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that generally involves
lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy
objects and materials; occasionally heavier items (100 pounds and
Sensory Requirements: Tasks require the ability to perceive and
discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth,
texture, and visual cues or signals. Tasks require the ability to
Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may
require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as
odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise
extremes, machinery, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic
agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.
The City of Boynton Beach, Florida, is an Equal Opportunity
Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
(42 U.S. C. 12101 et. seq.), the City of Boynton Beach will provide
reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with
disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees
to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. The physical
demands described are representative of those that must be met by
an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of
the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental
job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job
functions and requirements are subject to possible modifications to
reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform
this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the abilities
and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements
may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat of significant
risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. Requirements
are representative of the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and