2009-01-09 / Community

Testing Set For NPS Lifeguard Positions

Strong female and male swimmers are being encouraged to take the pre-employment test scheduled locally to qualify for summer 2009 lifeguard jobs with the National Park Service (NPS) at Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway, Great Kills Park in Staten Island and Sandy Hook in New Jersey. All are units of Gateway National Recreation Area.

Lifeguards with the NPS work five, eight-hour days each week with an hourly pay ranging from $13.19 to $22.73.

Applicants for these positions do not need prior experience, but all applicants must pass a five part pre-employment performance test. 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 performing 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 1 ½ miles in under 12 minutes.

In addition to passing all five parts of the performance test in one session, applicants must be US citizens and at least 16-yearsof age or older on the day of appointment. They must also meet applicable civil service requirements. Preference is given to qualified veterans. Applicants without prior lifeguard experience who are hired will be put through a full training program. To pre-register for the test, call NPS at 800-678- 7946.

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