2011-02-11 / Community

Riis Park Lifeguards Needed


Gateway National Recreation Area is seeking lifeguards for the 2011 season. Gateway National Recreation Area is seeking lifeguards for the 2011 season. Swimmers are being encouraged to take the pre-employment test scheduled locally to qualify for summer 2011 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.

Applicants must first pass a physical pre-employment test. These tests are taking place through April 17, 2011. To be able to start work by May 8, 2011, you must pass the test by March 27. To be able to start work beginning June 5, 2011, you must pass the test by April 17.

Those who pass the pre-employment test may apply for lifeguard positions at Gateway or at any NPS site hiring lifeguards in 2011. Lifeguards with the NPS work five, eight-hour days each week with an hourly pay ranging from $13.47 to $16.92 per hour. Applicants for these positions do not need prior experience, but all applicants must pass a pre-employment performance test.

First, applicants must swim 600 yards in under 10 minutes; second, in less than four minutes, they must perform a simulated rescue, swimming 50 yards to retrieve a dummy, towing that dummy 50 yards and then perform rescue breathing on a CPR-training manikin. Finally, they must run 1½ 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-years-of-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. Testing takes place at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York and in Suffolk County at St. Joseph’s College.

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