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Job Title:Surf-Lifeguard

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:NY-MM-12-577835

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$13.47 to $16.92 / Per Hour


Thursday, December 15, 2011 to Friday, July 27, 2012




Full Time - Seasonal NTE 1039 hours




few vacancies - Highlands, NJ
few vacancies - Queens, NYView Map
few vacancies - Staten Island, NYView Map


United States Citizens


The employees of the National Park Service care for special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.


These positions involve performing or supervising work concerned with protecting the public against preventable danger and drowning death in the waters officially designated for swimming at a crowded and extended surf-beach seashore area.


(1) These are seasonal positions. Most of them last between 12 to 16 weeks during the summer employment season, which begins after May 13 and ends before October 1 of the same calendar year. (2) Prior to appointment, applicants must pass the Surf-Lifeguard Swim Test. This pre employment test will be offered at various sites. For specific information about the test, please call toll free 1-800-678-7946. (3) Prior to appointment, applicants must at no expense to themselves submit to reanalysis to screen for illegal drug use. (4) Prior to appointment, applicants selected for these positions must undergo a prescribed physical examination-at no expense to themselves if performed by a park-designated medical doctor. Note: The higher-GS-graded positions tend to be filled earlier in the summer season.




Recreation Aid (Surfguard), GS-0189-03, $13.47 per hour

Recreation Assistant (Surfguard), GS-0189-04, $15.12 per hour

Lead Recreation Assistant (Surfguard), GS-0189-05, $16.92 per hour



Jacob Riis Park, Queens, New York

Great Kills Park, Staten Island, New York

Sandy Hook Park, Highlands, New Jersey




This announcement establishes a standing inventory of eligibles, lists of qualified candidates will be referred based on the hiring needs of Gateway National Recreation Area. 


Seasonal Housing: There may be limited summer seasonal housing available for those persons who live a distance from their duty station.


Gateway National Recreation Area is one of the sites within the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH), which includes 10 national park system sites with 22 unique destinations in and around four of the five boroughs of New York City and northern New Jersey. Additional information on may be found at the following website: National Recreation Area


  • US Citizenship is Required
  • You must be able to successfully pass a background investigation
  • Must pass yearly surf-Lifeguard test
  • Must pass pre-employment medical
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • You will be required to wear a uniform


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These positions involve performing or leading work concerned with protecting the public against preventable danger and drowning death in the waters officially designated for swimming at a crowded and extended surf-beach seashore area. This work typically involves preventive surf-life guarding; rescuing, either individually or as a member of a team, persons in distress or in danger of drowning; administering urgent first-aid care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; controlling usually large crowds; operating and maintaining rescue equipment; enforcing agency regulations; and performing and supervising other related work.


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Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Experience is typically in or related to the work of the position described.


GS-03: 6 months of general experience OR one year of education above high school.


GS-04: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience OR 2 years above high school with at least 12 credits related to the occupation.


GS-05: 1 year at least equivalent to GS-04 level OR 4 -year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with at least 24 credits related to the occupation.


General Experience: any type of work experience, volunteer or non-paid experience.


Specialized Experience: working as a surf-lifeguard on a crowded beach. pool, river or lake lifeguard experience is not credited toward specialized Surf-lifeguard experience, but it can be credited as general experience.


Specialized Experience includes, but is not limited to the following examples.


Experience in search and rescue techniques at a large ocean front beach with high visitation.


Experience as an ocean Surf-lifeguard with good knowledge of professional practices and techniques of lifeguarding protected beaches. 


A combination of education and experience may qualify you for this position.


Examples of qualifying experience:




6 months of  full time General Experience OR 1 year of post-high school study. General Experience is work experience of any kind, whether the work was for pay or not for pay.


 Example: One works 8 hours per week as a volunteer at a food pantry for 52 weeks for 1 year. One then works as a babysitter for 8 hours per week for the next 1½ years. Added together, the total time worked equals the required 6 months of General Experience.


Example: One trains 12 hours per week for two years—on a swim team, track team, or alone—to build up the endurance capacity in running and swimming one needs to pass the Surf-Lifeguard swim test this equals 6 months.





6 months of General Experience, plus 6 months of Specialized Experience. Specialized Experience requires work experience as an ocean-beach (or surf-) lifeguard.


Example: One works at the GS–3 level (or its equivalent) for 40 hours per week, for two 3-month summer seasons, or for three 2-month summer seasons, or for some other combination of time that, added together, equals the required 6 months in Specialized Experience.





1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS–4 level. Specialized Experience requires work experience as an ocean-beach (or surf-) lifeguard.


Example: One works at the GS–4 level (or its equivalent) for 40 hours per week, for four 3-month summer seasons, or for six 2-month summer seasons, or for some other combination of time that, added together, equals the required 1 year of Specialized Experience.


IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify, you must document your education in your resume. In addition, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course, the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. We cannot determine eligibility without this information. (A copy of your official transcripts may be required before entrance on duty, if selected).


Education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college, or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school.

CTAP/ICTAP: Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must score high enough to be considered well-qualified (80) for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible for this position and submit all the required documentation to support your eligibility under 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements including any special status or veterans preference claimed. A review will then be conducted of your responses and application materials to determine if you are qualified for this job. Finally, a review and comparison of the information in your resume and supporting documentation will be made to your responses in the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or factors in the following areas: 


  • Experience in Lifeguarding 


  • Knowledge of Lifeguarding


All US Citizens - Category Rating will be used for all Competitive Applicants: [Select Occupational Specialty Code 001] All eligible qualified applicants will be placed in one of three Quality Categories (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified) based on your score.
Best Qualified: Those candidates who possess demonstrated ability that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective factors and quality ranking factors. Candidates must score high enough to be considered highly proficient in requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified: Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, score high enough to be considered proficient in most of the requirements of the position, and should be able to perform effectively with some additional training.
Qualified: Those candidates whose score reflects that they meet the minimum qualifications of the job including any selective placement factors required for the position.

Veterans Preference under Category Rating: Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference are ranked in their appropriate categories without preference points but receive selection priority over non-veterans within their category. In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least ten percent (CP/CPS) are moved to the highest (Best Qualified) category (except for scientific and professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR VETERANS: In order to receive consideration based on military service you must submit all the supporting documentation required (DD-214, SF-15, VA letter, etc as applicable) to verify your eligibility and/or status. Additional information explaining what documentation is needed can be found at OPM's VetGuide website at:


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligiblity requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please contact the Human Resources Office at 718-353-4539.


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations [such as current permanent Federal employees].




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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume, Curriculum Vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job related qualifications.
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • Supporting Documents required to verify qualifications, special status eligibility, veterans preference, etc. (such as college transcripts, Forms SF-50 showing tenure and time in grade, most recent performance evaluation, DD-214, SF-15, VA letter, etc.).

Your complete Application Package must be submitted by: Friday, July 27, 2012

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button (you can either create a new account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account). Then follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit button at the end of the process.

You can also use Application Manager to track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. To return to Application Manager at any time, simply go to

You can chose to attach your USAJOBS resume and supporting documents (previously saved in USAJOBS) to the Application Package immediately after you click the Apply Online button or you can upload or fax your resume and supporting documents as described below.

If it is not possible for you to apply online, you can write your answers on paper and submit them via fax by following the steps below:

1. Print a copy of this job announcement and the on line questionnaire so that you can read the questions off line using the links below.

2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 or by clicking on this link: 

Then obtain and print a copy of the on line questionnaire by clicking on this link: View Occupational Questionnaire

You will need to refer to them both (the printed copies of this announcement and the on line questionnaire) as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

3. Submit the Form 1203-FX, your resume, and any supporting documents by fax using the instructions below.

To submit you application by Fax: If you are faxing a completed Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover page. Simply make sure that all six pages of the Form 1203-FX are on top of any other documents you are faxing. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

You must submit all of your application package components to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at the above fax number so that they will be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

If you cannot submit all application materials online, you may submit some documents online and some documents off line. For example, you may be able to submit the questionnaire and resume online but do not have an electronic copy of your transcripts. In this case, you may submit the questionnaire and resume online and send the transcripts via fax to the Office of Personnel Management. If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction below.


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, do not fax the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page.

When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number FT577835
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: Not using the special cover page mentioned above; Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number; Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.


Ben Pendleton HR Officer
Phone: (718)354-4542
Agency Information:
National Parks of New York Harbor
National Parks of NY Harbor
Servicing Human Resources Office
210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

To preview the occupational assessment questions click on the following link: View Assessment Questions

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