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:
RECREATION AID, GS18903
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 yearson a swim team, track team, or aloneto build up the endurance capacity in running and swimming one needs to pass the Surf-Lifeguard swim test this equals 6 months.
RECREATION ASSISTANT, GS18904
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 GS3 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.
RECREATION ASSISTANT, GS18905
1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS4 level. Specialized Experience requires work experience as an ocean-beach (or surf-) lifeguard.
Example: One works at the GS4 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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: