Instructor Guard (Seasonal Spring and/or...
City of Costa Mesa, CA - Costa Mesa, CA

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Under general supervision, this position teaches swimming lessons and/or specialized aquatic classes to the public. This position also monitors the use of the swimming pool; and enforces safety rules.

An incumbent in this classification supervises and performs the more advanced work in the teaching of specific techniques to participants in the aquatics program. Incumbents are responsible for ensuring that the skills which are outlined in the course description are taught; assisting in any required pre-testing program to assign the participants into classes, divisions or ability groups; assisting in curriculum planning; providing safe and enjoyable program activities; evaluating participant progress/performance; and completing required departmental paperwork. Work is reviewed through regularly scheduled conferences, reports and evaluations.

SPRING: This is a seasonal part-time position, working during the spring (April to June). Work schedules vary as needed. As a condition of spring employment, a lifeguard must be available for all in-service training and the entire season, April 1 - June 8, 2013.

SUMMER: This is a seasonal part-time position, working during the summer (June to August). Work schedules vary as needed. As a condition of summer employment, an Instructor Guard must be available for all in-service training and the entire summer season, June 10 - August 24, 2013.

FALL: This is a seasonal part-time position, working during the fall (for the month of September). Work schedules vary as needed. As a condition of fall employment, an Instructor Guard must be available for all in-service training and the entire fall season, August 26 - September 28, 2013.

Incumbents will be required to attend :
SPRING SESSION: Orientation/training Monday - Thursday, March 25 - 29, 2013 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Times and dates subject to change.

SUMMER SESSION: Orientation/training Monday – Thursday, June 10 - 13, 15, and 17 - 20, 2013 from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Times and days subject to change.

Note: Part-time employees are appointed by and serve at the will of the Department Director. Employees do not contribute to the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare and requires enrollment in an alternative retirement system. The mandatory employment retirement contribution ranges from 3.75% to 10.469%. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

SPRING: Fitness test and interviews will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 and on an as needed basis by appointment at the Downtown Aquatic Center.

SUMMER: Fitness test and interviews will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 and on an as needed basis by appointment at the Downtown Aquatic Center.

To be considered for possible employment, the following must be completed:

1) Submit an online application. Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications. Candidates who meet the qualifications will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process, Fitness Testing and Selection Interviews.

2) Attend " In-Water Fitness Testing and Selection Interviews " on date you are scheduled. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be contacted by the City and invited to participate in this process. Applicants will be notified by email if they meet the qualifications to attend the testing/selection process; at that time they will also be asked to sign a Registration/Waiver of Liability form. Applicants age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

75 Points Total Possible for the exam process (includes: In-Water Physical Fitness Test, Certifications, and Oral Interviews). Components of this test are not pass/fail. Rather, candidate's total points will be reviewed and considered when making final hiring selections.

In-Water Physical Fitness Test (30 Points Possible):
Treading water for 60 seconds with 10 pound swim brick (head and swim brick above surface of water);
25 yard dive and approach swim (head up) in 18 seconds or less;
25 yard swim retrieval, and tow with 10 pound swim brick (head and swim brick above surface of water) in 70 seconds or less; and
200 yard swim in 3 minutes and 30 seconds or less (participants are scored based on 15 second increments).

Certifications (20 points possible and originals must be presented at test to earn points ):
Group A (2 points per certificate): First Aid, CPR/AED (Adult, Child, Infant), ARC Lifeguard Training, Lifeguard Water Park, or Lifeguard Waterfront.
Group B (3 points per certificate): First Aid Instructor, CPR Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Instructor.
Group C (4 points per certificate): Water Safety Instructor, Adaptive Aquatics Instructor, EMT including current CPR, ARC Emergency Response.

Oral Interviews (25 points possible):
Applicants who complete the In-Water Physical Fitness Test will be invited to participate in the selection interviews. Interviews will begin after all the fitness testing is complete.

Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process.

Applications must be completed and submitted on-line by the specified deadline to be considered for upcoming testing and selection date. Candidates are requested to provide specific information on their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Do not include text or attached resumes, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process . Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process.
All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate’s legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions:
These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Under supervision, conducts swimming lessons for children and adults as prescribed and approved methods by the American Red Cross; teaches specialized aquatic classes.

Evaluates participant progress and performance and completes required documents related to lessons.

Performs life-guarding duties including patrolling the swimming pool and aquatics facility, keeping a lookout for accidents in the water and pool area; warns individuals about dangerous practices with pool usage; follows and enforces pool regulations and codes in an effort to prevent patron accidents.

Recognizes, enters water, and performs aquatic emergency rescues in the pool area; and administers artificial respiration, CPR/AED and first aid as needed.

Prepares facilities for regular operation of lap swim, lessons, and other daily operations. Removes and replaces pool covers and lane lines. Assists with routine pool cleaning and maintenance work on or around the swimming pool.

Assists in the monitoring of pool chemicals .

Assists with desk reception, telephone support and related customer service activities.

Accepts registrations, collects fees, processes receipts, and accounts for money; acts as cashier as needed.

Performs other duties as required.

Qualification Guidelines:
A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:

Education, Training and/or Experience:
Must be at least 16 years old. Work permit may be required for current high school students.

A minimum of one-year experience as a pool or beach lifeguard.

Experience working with children and youth is desirable.

License and/or Certificate:
Possession of a valid California Driver License (Class C) may be required for certain positions. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

A current (less than two years) tuberculosis clearance certificate by date of hire.

Candidate must submit proof of a valid American Red Cross or state recognized certificates in the following: Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED for Lifeguards, First Aid, and Water and Safety Instructor; or must show proof of enrollment in courses to obtain required certification. Applicants must possess all required certification by hire date.

First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) must be obtained within one year of hire.

All certifications must be maintained throughout employment in order to remain in the position. Failure to maintain certifications may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

Requisite Knowledge and Skill Levels:
Skilled in effective customer service techniques.

Knowledge of effective lifesaving techniques; and basic and advanced swimming strokes.

Considerable knowledge of teaching principles and practices; swimming instruction techniques and methods; and basic recordkeeping procedures.

General knowledge of municipal recreation, water safety, and aquatic practices and principles.

Skilled in lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED techniques.

Skilled in reading, writing, and communicating in English at an appropriate level.

Requisite Abilities:
Ability to act quickly, calmly, and appropriately in emergency situations; ability to perform lifesaving and rescue techniques, including administering CPR/AED and First Aid.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other City employees and the public.

Ability to generate interest among program/class participants; Evaluate and maintain participant progress and records.

Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

Ability to perform basic mathematic computations.

Ability to swim the six basic strokes proficiently and with endurance.

Ability to effectively instruct and demonstrate desired skills and strokes for lesson participants.

Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Supplemental Information:
Must be able to pass a physical fitness performance test annually for continued employment.

Ability to lift heavy weights (e.g., a child); sit or stand for long periods of time; and work for extended periods in the outdoors, exposed to the sun, water and varying temperatures.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.