Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
20095 01 ST 98 C 769-11 02/03/2021
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JOB CODE: 20095

SERIES NATURE OF WORK: The Lifeguard job series describes public safety work in ensuring the safety of swimmers and other visitors to swimming areas in state parks operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

DEFINITION: This is supervisory and public safety work patrolling, directing, and monitoring activities in a swimming area at a state park.

An employee in this job supervises the activities of Lifeguards responsible for maintaining order and minimizing risks to swimmers and other park visitors from accidents or drownings. Work involves planning, organizing, and assigning work to subordinates; evaluating employee performance; determining training needs; providing training through direct instruction or access to training resources; demonstrating new or improved techniques for performing the work; and explaining park rules, regulations, policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards. Work includes supervising the rescue of swimmers in distress; administration of first aid, artificial respiration, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including adult, infant, and child CPR, to injured park visitors; enforcement of compliance with park rules, regulations, guidelines, and procedures governing swimming areas; and inspection of swimming areas and safety equipment and supplies to ensure they are safe for public use. Work may include supervising the operation of a swimming pool, including reading meters, recording readings, determining the need for chemicals and adjustments, and reporting breakdowns to supervisors. Work is assigned in the form of oral or written instructions from a Park Manager. Work is reviewed through observation and completed reports and documents for adherence to established rules, regulations, and guidelines.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (NOTE: The examples of work are representative of the work, but every position classified to this job may not perform all examples of work listed. Conversely, this is not an all-inclusive list of work examples.)

• Supervises the activities of Lifeguards involved in patrolling, directing, and monitoring swimming areas at a state park.

• Evaluates the training needs of subordinates and provides ongoing training for both new and established methods and techniques.

• Supervises the rescue of swimmers in distress.

• Supervises the administration of first aid, artificial respiration, and CPR, including adult, infant, and child CPR, to injured park visitors.

• Supervises the inspection of swimming areas and safety equipment and supplies.

• Supervises compliance with state parks rules and regulations governing swimming areas.

• Supervises the performance of incidental maintenance and custodial duties at swimming sites.

• Supervises Lifeguards in the operation of swimming pools.

• Prepares, submits, and reviews written reports and documents outlining swimming conditions, activities, and incidents.

• Performs the full range of supervisory duties.

• Employees in this job may participate in the performance of their subordinates’ work consistent with operational or organizational requirements.

• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge of accepted lifesaving methods and techniques.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of water safety.

• Knowledge of first aid, artificial respiration, and CPR, including adult, infant, and child CPR, methods and techniques.

• Knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures governing swimming areas within state parks.

• Knowledge of the practices of basic swimming pool operations, including reading and reporting meter and chemical measurements, and inspecting pool mechanisms and equipment.

• Ability to swim proficiently.

• Ability to interpret and follow oral and written information.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

• Ability to communicate effectively orally.

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: (NOTE: Based on the Entry Level Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities)

• Two seasons of experience as a Lifeguard (commonwealth title);


• An equivalent combination of experience and training.


• All employees must obtain a valid Lifeguard Certification or Lifeguard Management Certification issued by the American Red Cross, YMCA, United States Lifesaving Association, or other authority recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health within 14 days of employment.

• All employees must obtain valid certifications in standard first aid and adult, child, and infant CPR within 14 days of employment.