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Recreation Assistant Lifeguard

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Us National Park Service

$16.38 to $16.38

Patchogue, NY

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$16.38 to $16.38 per hour

Pay scale & grade

GS 4

Work schedule

Multiple Schedules

Appointment type

Temporary - not-to-exceed 1039 hours


7 vacancies in the following location:

Patchogue, NY

Patchogue, NY

7 vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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U.S. Citizens, CTAP, ICTAP

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These positions are located in Fire Island National Seashore, in the Visitor Service and Resource Protection Division. Please visit find a park

for additional park information.

These positions areMultiple Schedules temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months) in a service year. Positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement may be eligible for rehire in subsequent service years provided the employee does not exceed 1039 hours of work in their service year.

The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for Fire Island National Seashore is May - September, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2018

PLEASE NOTE: The National Park Service's (NPS) policy on Less than 1040 appointments (also known as temporary seasonal appointments) has changed. Your service history will be reviewed to ensure compliance with current NPS Less than 1040 policy prior to you being offered a position in the Northeast Region.

Prior to appointment, applicants must pass the Surf-Lifeguard Pre-employment Test. This pre-employment test will be offered at various sites. For specific information about the test, please call to free 1-800-678-7946.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

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The incumbent will perform the full range of lifeguard/rescue swimmer duties including but not limited to; maintaining a watch over swimmers in the water at designated NPS swimming areas on Fire Island, render direct assistance to swimmers in trouble, perform first aid to visitors commensurate with their level of training, assist park rangers with crowd control at a rescue scene, respond to neighboring communities to render assistance to the lifeguard staff there or directly assist and perform rescue functions as needed. The incumbent is expected to work outside during the summer months in direct sunlight and is expected to perform rescue duties in the Atlantic Ocean in a variety of surf conditions. The incumbent is expected to pass a physical, urine test as well as a swim and run test. Incumbent is expected to participate in the beach crew workout schedule to maintain his/her physical conditioning and lifeguard skills. The incumbent is also required to maintain beach count records during their shift as well as submit case incident reports documenting rescues and other related incidents.

AREA INFORMATION: Fire Island National Seashore is located 5-7 miles south of Long Island New York. It is comprised of about 19,000 acres along 26 miles of ocean and bay shoreline including islands within the Great South Bay. The park has concurrent jurisdiction including 1000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean and out to 1.6 nautical miles into the Great South Bay. The Fire Island National Seashore has 17 communities within it's boundary along with 2 NPS marinas and campgrounds operated by a concessioner. Transportation in summer between the Island and the mainland is by public ferry or private boat. Because it is accessible only by water in summer, it could be considered a remote duty station. Of note, Fire Island contains the only federally designated wilderness area in New York State that can be reached via mass transit from Patchogue New York. This area of New York is a high cost location. The salary is augmented by the area salary differential. All the amenities one would expect to find in a suburban area are available on the mainland including access to medical facilities, shopping and an abundance of recreational activities and opportunities including access to some of the world's best beaches, surfing, fishing, boating, hiking and other related water activities. The park is approximately 55 miles east of New York City. U.S. Government housing is available.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

0189 Recreation Aid And Assistant

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required.

Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.

Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.

Nationally recognized Lifeguard Certificate is required.

CPR/AED and First Aid certifications required.

Pre-employment physical required.

Must pass a drug test and be subject to random drug testing.

Must be 16 years of age by the effective date of appointment.

Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.

You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.

This position has a mixed work schedule based on the varying workload, and your work schedule is subject to change from part-time to full-time to on-call as workload dictates.

Must possess a valid state driver's license


SELECTIVE FACTOR: Applicants must possess or be able to obtain a current valid lifeguard certification from a nationally recognized certifying organization before they will be authorized to enter on duty in this Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) GS-0189-04 position. From the descriptions below, select the response below that best describes your qualifications in this area. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for this position.

SELECTIVE FACTOR: Applicants must possess or be able to obtain a current valid First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification from a nationally recognized certifying organization before they will be authorized to enter on duty in this Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard), GS-1089-04 position. If you do not meet the requirements of this selective factor, you will be rated ineligible for this position.

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To qualify for this position at the GS-04 grade level, you must possessof the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: At least 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience that comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower graded level of this GS-04 position (comparable to GS-03) in the Federal government. General Experience is any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Examples of general experience would be working as a lifeguard at a YMCA, counselor at a summer camp, and work as a leader with Boy Scout/Girl Scout clubs. Specialized Experience is experience which is in the occupation of the position to be filled, in a related occupation, or in one of the specialized areas within that occupation, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Some examples of specialized experience are a) Aid or assistant in the issuance of authorized property, and in the maintenance of inventory control and accountability for such property in a recreation facility; b) Aid or assistant in a hotel or resort recreation service, with duties such as setting up areas for games, tournaments, and other organized group recreational activities; c) Aid or assistant in the organization and administration of recreation activities, such as preparing activities calendars, maintaining attendance records, and providing information concerning schedules and activities; d) Summer aid in a State or national park, with duties related to the recreational activities of visitors to campsites, trails, picnic areas, nature and raft centers, and boating and fishing areas (e.g., demonstrating camping techniques and park safety, conducting nature tours, and overseeing farm animal areas provided for children). You must include hours per week worked.


EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two full years of education above the high school level with courses related to recreation (e.g., basic psychology, group dynamics, physical education, arts and crafts, etc.). Copy to transcripts must be included with application package if qualifying based on education. You must include transcripts.


Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above, that will equal 100 percent of the needed qualifications for this position. You must include transcripts.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as varies.


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution

with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities

to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for the possibility of extensions or rehire in subsequent service years.

Physical Demands: Incumbent must be able to swim long distances in open surf. He/she is expected to run in sand and maintain endurance to cope with saving a human life, which may occur in strong ocean currents. Rigorous workouts are part of the lifeguards morning routine.

Working Conditions: The environment is a beach area. Temperatures can range from the high 40's to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Surf temperatures can be as low as 48 degrees Fahrenheit and seldom get above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Incumbent is expected to sit through mild rainstorms and times with wind-blown sand.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job

Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

First Response

Interpersonal Skills

Public Safety and Security

Technical Competence

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/23/2018:

Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and, indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade. Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as employer name and location; from and to dates (or to present for current position), which includes the month, year, and hours worked per week for each description of experience, with pay plan/grade, if applicable education and training, etc. For volunteer experience, please ensure that your resume contains from and to dates, which includes the month, year, and hours worked per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for any experience the does not indicate exact hours per week or listed as varies. Your description of experience, education and volunteer experience must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make any assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response.

A complete Occupational Questionnaire

Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as: Veterans Preference Documentation

: If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15

. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran

, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15

, and if applicable, a completed SF15

. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from

or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.

Applicants who are eligible to be considered based on a Noncompetitve or Special Hiring Authority (i.e. Schedule A, VRA, Peace Corps, Americorp Vista, former PLC member, certain Military Spouses, 30% or More Disabled Veterans, Pathways Interns who have met the eligibility requirements for noncompetitive conversion, etc.) must submit appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility.

Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.

College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.

Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan

consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.

Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/23/2018. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES. Select Apply. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login or create an account

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Agency contact information

Francis Alvarez Francis Alvarez


(215) 597-1570



Fire Island National Seashore

120 Laurel Street

Patchogue, NY


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Next steps

Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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