Grade 05

New York State has approximately 704 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled. If you are viewing a trainee title, please note this number reflects the number of positions established at the journey level. Agencies may fill at the trainee level(s) or at the journey level based on employee qualifications. GOT-IT does not provide information on any job postings or job availability. For information on current job postings, please visit State Jobs NY. You may also visit specific New York State Agency websites for information about an agency and its job opportunities.

Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Lifeguard

    Grade 05

  2. Lifeguard 2

    Grade NS

  3. Lifeguard 2 Long Island State Park Commission

    Grade NS

Summary of Job Description

As a Lifeguard you would be responsible for the supervision of an assigned area of a beach or pool and have the direct and primary responsibility for the supervision, safety, and protection of patrons.  Lifeguards ensure that all rules and regulations that apply in swimming areas are observed by patrons using the facility and are responsible for preventing accidents and rescuing distressed swimmers.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

This title is non-competitive.  No examination is necessary.  However, you must still meet the Minimum Qualifications of the position.

Candidates must be at least 15 years of age (preference is given to individuals 18 years of age or older) and possess current certificates in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Lifeguard Waterfront Module (exception for NYC) and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, or equivalent certifications from an agency approved by the Commissioner of NYS Parks.  All current American Red Cross Lifeguard training certifications should include first aid.  If not, a standard first aid certificate is required.  A current separate CPR certificate is required.  A Water Park Module is also required for any lifeguard working at a park having water slides.  First Aid and Lifeguard certificates must be dated within the last three years; CPR certificates must be dated within the last year (recertification acceptable). NYS Parks Lifeguards must maintain current certification in all required training programs during the term of their employment.  A minimum of 20/40 uncorrected vision is required in each eye.

How to Apply

An examination is not used to fill this title. You must meet the minimum qualifications of the title in order to be considered for this position. You must apply directly to the agency or agencies that have this title.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience. For additional information or clarification, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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