National Park Service Lead Recreation Assistant in Patchogue, New York
This position is located in Fire Island National Seashore, in the Visitor and Resource Protection Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information.
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 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. Incumbent is expected to supervise and lead a lifeguard operation on ocean beaches and provide training to staff on surf-rescue operations. Physical Demands: May require long periods of standing or sitting atop a fixed lifeguard tower, walking or running over rough uneven hazardous surfaces, exposure the sun, sand, wind, and rain, and lifting moderately heavy items. Strenuous exertion is required in search and rescue operations. The incumbent is required to perform daily rigorous workouts (swimming, running, paddling, and strength training). Working Conditions: Work is performed indoors and outdoors. Incumbent may be subject to weather variances and biting insects, as well as subject to cold water, waves, hot humid weather and marine organisms. Necessary safety precautions may include use of insect repellents, sunscreen, polarize sunglasses, protective clothing and gear. Area Information/Housing: 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. Protection rangers respond to a multitude of incidents and participate in special operations on land and water with a variety of local, state and federal agencies. Housing may be available on a seasonal basis in the park but is not required. 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 may be available.
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use. You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. You may be required to complete training and operate a four-wheel drive vehicle. You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided. You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work. 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. You will be required to possess a current Life guarding and AED/CPR certifications. Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-03/27/2020-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. To qualify for this position at the GS-06 grade level, you must possess one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:EXPERIENCE: At least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower graded level of this GS-06 position (comparable to GS-05) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for this Supervisory Recreation Assistant (Lead Lifeguard), GS-0189-06 position include: Provide overall supervision for a staff of Recreation Assistants / Lifeguards, that may include subordinate Supervisory and/or Lead Recreation Assistants / Lifeguards who are responsible for patrolling and providing lifesaving services to the public at a pool or beach facility, perform the duties and responsibilities of a Recreation Assistants / Lifeguards, that includes patrolling and providing lifesaving services to the public at a pool or beach facility, develop and conduct lifeguard and lifesaving training for a staff of Recreation Assistants / Lifeguards, managing a pool or beach facility that includes a staff of lifeguards.-OR-EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degrees as a Master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field directly related to this Supervisory Recreation Assistant position and that demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of this Supervisory Recreation Assistant position. Examples of Master's or equivalent graduate degrees in a field directly related to this Supervisory Recreation Assistant position may include Sports and Recreation Management, Sports and Recreation Studies, Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Administration, etc. You must include transcripts.IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your degree in your resume and you must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. We cannot determine eligibility without this information. (An official copy of your transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected). Submit a copy of your transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. You must include transcripts.-OR-Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. For example, 6 months of the specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and one and a half academic years of directly-related graduate level education (50% of the qualifying education).IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your degree in your resume and you must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. We cannot determine eligibility without this information. (An official copy of your transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected). Submit a copy of your transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. 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.
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.Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all Competencies.Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(2) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible.If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001). 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, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation.