2002-04-27 / Community

Lifeguard Jobs Are Available

Lifeguard Jobs Are Available

Strong female and male swimmers are being encouraged to take the pre-employment performance test to qualify for summer lifeguard jobs with the National Park Service at work locations around the country, including Gateway National Recreation Area and Fire Island National Seashore.

Lifeguards with the National Park Service work eight-hour days each week and earn per hour from $9.42 to $17.44, depending on location and experience.

Applicants for these positions must pass a five-part pre-employment performance test that a National Park Service spokesperson has described as being "extremely rigorous." There is no charge for the test, which will take place at a number of locations in the N.Y.-N.J. metropolitan area.

First, applicants must swim 600 yards in under 10 minutes.

Second, in under four minutes, they must perform a simulated rescue, swimming 50 yards to retrieve a dummy, towing that dummy 50 yards, getting out of the water and carrying a 150-pound person 50 feet, and then perform rescue breathing on a CPR-training manikin for a minute.

Third, they must swim underwater for 125 feet, surfacing exactly four times.

Fourth, they must break free from the grip of another person underwater.

Finally, they must run one-and-a-half miles in under 12 minutes.

In addition to passing all five parts of the performance test, applicants must be U.S. citizens; 18 years or older, except at Gateway National Recreation Area, where applicants may apply at age 16; and additionally meet applicable Civil Service requirements. Preference is given to qualified veterans.

As an equal opportunity employer, The National Park Service is eager to attract women and minorities.

For information please call toll free 800-678-7946.

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