2024 Lifeguard Positions

Lifeguards on beach

Employment as a lifeguard for the City of Long Branch

Thank you for your interest in working for the City of Long Branch as an Ocean Lifeguard or Pool Lifeguard. Please review City of Long Branch Ocean Rescuethe information below to assist you in understanding the job requirements and the hiring process.

Long Branch Ocean Rescue lifeguards are required to complete physical training on a daily basis, which includes swimming, running, paddling and/or rowing with a high level of intensity. Lifeguards will be expected to perform all of the following physical activities: 

  • open water swimming in all conditions
  • running and sprinting on the beach
  • kayaking
  • paddling
  • rowing
  • climbing and jumping off of lifeguard stands
  • lifting and moving victims
  • performing CPR for an extended period of time. 

Pool lifeguards are required to complete many of the same tasks.

Requirements for All Applicants

Applicants for both Ocean Lifeguard and Pool Lifeguard positions must be available to work a minimum 32-hour per week schedule, including weekends and holidays

Hiring preference will be given to applicants who are former Long Branch Junior Lifeguards, as well as to those applicants who have previous lifeguard experience, applicants who are able to work until Labor Day, and applicants who can maintain a 40-hour per-week schedule

All applicants under 18 years old must provide working papers through the State online website, the link for the state portal can be found here

Requirements for Ocean Lifeguard Applicants

Applicants for Ocean Lifeguard position must be 16 years old prior to June 25, 2024.

Ocean Lifeguard applicants must be available during the dates of one of the two 6-day sessions of the LBOR rookie academy (1st session to be held May 26th, June 8th to 9th, and June 25th. The 2nd session will be held June 20nd to 25th).

Requirements for Pool Lifeguard Applicants

Applicants for Pool Lifeguard position must be 15 years old prior to June 25, 2023. Preference will be given to applicants who have already obtained ARC pool lifeguard certification.

Hiring Process

  1. Fill out and return the following:
    • City of Long Branch employment application
    • Include copies of the following:
      • a. Driver's license (if you have one)
      • b. CPR card
      • c. Any other applicable certifications you have (NJ Boating Safety Certificate, NJ EMT card, Scuba certification)
    • Please note the following requirement: For applicants who are current high school students, at least one of the references listed on your application must be a teacher or coach.  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 20, 2024. Return applications to mbogner@longbranch.org
  2. Schedule and attend an in-person interview 
  3. Ocean Lifeguard applicants only - successfully complete the swim test (pool) - 500m in under 10 minutes - to be held at the Neptune Aquatic Center on the following dates:
    • March 23, 2024 between 5 - 6 pm.
    • April 13, 2024 between 4-6 pm.
    • May 4, 2024 from 5-6 pm.
    • May 11, 2024 from 5-6 pm.
  4. Ocean Lifeguard applicants only - successfully complete the run test - 2 miles in under 18 minutes - to be held the week of May 20, 2024 on the Long Branch boardwalk
  5. All Ocean Lifeguard and Pool Lifeguard candidates who are hired must attend a preseason meeting to be held during the week of May 20, 2024
  6. All Ocean Lifeguard and Pool Lifeguard candidates who are hired must undergo a drug test at the Department of Recreation prior to starting work
  7. Ocean Lifeguard candidates will be required to successfully complete either of the 6-day sessions of the LBOR rookie academy:
    • 1st session (weekends) to be held May 26, June 8th to 9th, and June 25th
    • 2nd session (weekdays and weekend) to be held June 20th through 25th
  8. Ocean Lifeguard candidates will also be required to complete EMR (medical) training following the rookie academy

Other Information About Working in Long Branch

All training is provided at no cost, and ocean lifeguards will be paid for training during the rookie academy so long as your paperwork is complete.

Training is ongoing and all ocean lifeguards are required to train on a daily basis. We are fortunate to have plenty of equipment to train with, including boats, paddleboards, and surf skis. Ocean lifeguards interested in competing will be provided an opportunity to try out for the tournament team in late June.

Ocean lifeguard shifts are 8 hours, from 8:45 am to 5 pm or 10:45 am to 7 pm. All first-year ocean lifeguards are subject to permanent assignment to the 10:45 am to 7 pm shift

Pool lifeguard shifts are 6 to 8 hours and hours vary between 8 am and 8 pm.

Compensation

  • Starting pay for pool lifeguards is TBD
  • Starting pay for ocean lifeguards is TBD
  • Additional pay available for previous ocean lifeguard experience
  • Additional pay available for EMT certification