Report on JUNIOR GUARD INSTRUCTOR II - Huntington Beach, CA



NOTE: This is an in-house recruitment that is open only to City of Huntington Beach Recurrent Lifeguards who meet the minimum qualifications.

Duties Summary: Under direction, supervises the activities of an assigned group of Junior Lifeguards; assists in supervising the activities of a group of Junior Lifeguard Instructors; and, performs the principle duties and responsibilities of a Recurrent Ocean Lifeguard I.

Distinguishing Characteristics: This position acts as a Group Leader for the Junior Lifeguard Program and reports to the Junior Guard Coordinator. This position exercises direct supervision for an assigned group of Junior Guard Instructor I and is responsible for an assigned division of the Junior Guard Program. Candidates for Junior Guard Instructor II must pass selection criteria for appointment. Typically, positions are filled from a pool of current Junior Guard Instructor I incumbents.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of: City of Huntington Beach Junior Guard Program procedures and Marine Safety Division organization and protocols; principle and practices of modern lifesaving techniques and division safety standards and training, small boat safety, and operation of Marine Safety equipment and apparatus used; small tools; first aid and CPR practices and principles including highly specialized first aid techniques; and, principles and practices of basic training and educational techniques.

Ability to: Safely swim, and paddle in adverse weather and surf conditions for extended periods of time and to perform ocean rescues under prevailing conditions; size up emergencies and adopt effective course of action; understand the principles of teaching and learning methods as they pertain to the program's particular age group; effectively instruct youth in the educational aspects of the Junior Lifeguard Program as directed; operate general office equipment; follow both verbal and written instructions; adhere to established program guidelines, rules, and procedures; and, maintain excellent public relations.

Education: A high school diploma or equivalent preferred.

Experience: Minimum 720 hours work experience as a Huntington Beach Recurrent Ocean Lifeguard I, II, or III and one year experience as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor or equivalent (evaluated on a case by case basis). A teaching or instructional background is helpful, but not required.

Licenses/Certifications Required: Valid California Driver's License and an acceptable driving record due to the performance of field duties which may require the operation of a City vehicle, Valid American Red Cross First Aid Certification Card, valid CPR Certification Card, Huntington Beach Lifeguard Training Certificate or equivalent (evaluated on a case by case basis). A valid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification is preferred.


  • An official City of Huntington Beach online job application must be filled out in its entirety.
  • Applicants are required to provide proof of required certifications/licenses/diploma to Human Resources by the application deadline. Copies of these items may either be uploaded and attached to your online job application prior to submittal OR may be delivered in hard copy form to the Human Resources Department.
  • Applications will be closely reviewed for relevant experience, education and training.
  • Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the selection process that may include, but is not limited to, a department interview, development of a written lesson plan, and a performance simulation, on a date to be determined.
  • Final placement on the hiring list will be determined by Marine Safety Management based on the results of the selection process, department review of past performance, and input from supervisory staff.
  • Offers for reassignment to Junior Guard Instructor II may be subject to the applicant's availability to accept a full schedule.

An incumbent must successfully complete with acceptable results the City of Huntington Beach Marine Safety yearly review and re-qualification standards; be in excellent health and physical conditioning; and possess 20/40 vision required to monitor program participants and the public for an assigned beach area. Duties and responsibilities are performed primarily in an outdoor environment with exposure to varying climate and water temperatures during the summer months with frequent and/or prolonged standing, walking, and sitting activity. Duties require ocean swimming, running, paddling, and jumping from the pier. Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds is required. Adverse weather and surf conditions involve the exposure to potential for physical harm and infectious disease. Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program due to the performance of field duties that may require operation of a City vehicle.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.

Experience Requirements: 
Not requirements
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