It’s winter in the East Bay, but at the East Bay Regional Park District, recruitment for the summer’s seasonal lifeguard staff is already underway. Every summer, a corps of approximately 170 lifeguards serves at swim facilities in the Regional Parks across Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Their role: to provide essential public safety services to the half million visitors to District swim areas each year.
The Park District operates six open-water lakefront beaches, three chlorinated swimming lagoons, two pools, and two bay shoreline beaches. Many of these are guarded in the summer months by aquatics staff, who are trained in drowning prevention, emergency rescues, and first aid. Among the most popular facilities are Lake Del Valle, at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore; the swim lagoon at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch; and the pool at Roberts Regional Recreation Area in Oakland. Other well-known swim areas include Lake Anza in Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, and the swim beach at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont. A complete list of swim facilities is available online.
Lifeguard applicants must be sixteen or older by the start of the annual training academy, which begins this year on April 26. Prospective lifeguards must be able to swim 550 yards (500 meters) over a measured course in ten minutes or less. A swimming test is required as part of the application process. Additional requirements are outlined on the Park District’s web site.
Recruitment began on January 8 and continues through March 14. The District expects to hire about 40 new lifeguards, in addition to 100 returning lifeguards. Pay begins at $14.06/hour for Lifeguard I. Apply online at www.ebparks.org/jobs.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study.