Position Description

Lifeguard, Beach (Seasonal)
Job Code 3784
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Emergency Services

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Various Beaches in Sarasota County

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Lifeguard, Beach (Seasonal) - approx. 5 month Assignment (Ends September 1st) - No Medical and/or Dental Benefits:  This is work patrolling County operated beaches to prevent accidents and maintaining order.  Rescues swimmers in distress and administers medical assistance (first aid and CPR) when necessary and enforces County ordinances.  Duties also include maintenance tasks.  


  • Lifeguarding and responding to open water emergencies, ordinance enforcement, ensuring safety of swim areas, rescues and responding to emergencies and administering first aid to patrons if necessary
  • Duties also include: Keeping beaches safe by maintainining order and discipline; Setting up and breaking down of work site; Daily physical/medical training; providing public information and cleaining/maintenance of work site.

Minimum Qualifications:  **Must be at least 18 years of age

  • A High School Diploma or its equivalent and valid driver's license.
  • Ability to pass the Sarasota County 's Basic Lifeguard Performance Test
  • Ability to complete the Lifeguard Training Program Curriculum, CPR certification and First Responder Training certification 

            **** Testing is conducted in the ocean for Beach Lifeguards.


**Subject to Passing Substance Screening:  This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.

  Job Based Competencies:

  • Knowledge of local and state water safety rules and regulation, pertinent rules, regulations and County Ordinances and Sarasota County Aquatic Safety operating procedures, and Safety/Maintenance requirements for beach. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of lifesaving skills and resuscitation techniques including approved water rescue and accident prevention techniques, emergency procedures, simulation drills, water safety  practices/procedures and policies, first aid and CPR, Automated External Defibrillator and oxygen administration.
  • Knowledge of appropriate ways of dealing with individuals in emergency situations.
  • Skill in surf swimming, lifesaving, CPR, AED, Oxygen administration, and first-aid.
  • Skill in operating small watercraft.
  • Ability to prevent dangerous situations from arising, recognize emergencies and take effective action.
  • Ability to follow rigid safety rules and regulations.
  • Ability to make decisions and function effectively in a high stress, emergency situation including ability to react efficiently and effectively in emergency rescue situations.
  • Ability to respond to the public in a calm, effective manner including exercising tact, firmness and good judgment in enforcing rules and regulations relating to beach activities. 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to operate communications and mechanical equipment.
  • Ability to make accurate observations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and to prepare concise written reports.
  • Ability to establish\maintain effective working relationships.
  • Emergency Communication Radios, AED, Jet Ski, 4x4 Off Road Vehicle, Truck.

Hours/Days or Work Schedule

Seasonal hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting Memorial Day and running through Labor Day. Hours/days will vary and will include some weekends and holidays.  Applicants must be flexible in working scheduled days/hours and locations. 


Special Note: This position works where children regularly congregate and in accordance with Florida Statues applicants must pass criminal sexual predator and sexual offender check background check.


Physical Demands:   Must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  This position works outdoors and during red-tide there may be fumes/airborne particles.  There is also risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens. 







Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA

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