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State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) Series

State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) Series

California State Personnel Board Specification

Series established January 9, 1979

Scope

This series specification describes five classes in the Department of Parks and Recreation that are used to perform a wide variety of aquatic services at State ocean and inland beaches, underwater parks, and recreation areas.

 

State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) Series Specification - Class Titles and Codes
Schem Code Class Code Class
BS42 1916 State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)
BS40 0992 State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard)
BS30 0991 State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard)
BS25 0988 State Park Peace Officer Supervisor II (Lifeguard)
BS22 1045 State Park Peace Officer Supervisor III (Lifeguard) (abolished 01/01/2017 per Pay Letter 17-04)

Definition of Series

The State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) series describes professional positions involved in the law enforcement and visitor services functions of the State park system. Incumbents work primarily in field areas of the State park system and Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division located throughout the State. Park units include State parks, reserves, recreational areas, beaches, wayside campgrounds, and underwater parks.

Typical Tasks

Positions in the State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) series perform professional and technical duties in�State park units, involving the operation, interpretation, resource protection/management, patrol, safety and law enforcement, assist with program management, and may supervise and/or lead seasonal and lower level permanent staff. Incumbents may also perform staff functions of comparable difficulty and responsibility in an academy training assignment. Rotation in assignment between visitor services and instructor positions is planned experience for the State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) series development.

 

Incumbents are trained and designated as sworn State park peace officers whose authority extends statewide (on or off duty). Incumbents perform patrol duties primarily by vehicle, boat, and foot patrol; issue citations; write reports; make physical arrests for misdemeanors, felonies, and warrants; conduct criminal and administrative investigations; take command in emergencies; perform search and rescue activities, including detecting and rescuing persons or vessels in distress; assist in wildland and structural fire suppression; provide emergency medical aid; may also perform traffic control and radio dispatching; operate, inspect, and perform maintenance on emergency rescue equipment, vehicles, and vessels; train personnel in all phases of life-saving activities and operation and maintenance of emergency rescue equipment; and may do other related work.

 

Incumbents may perform scuba diving; ocean, surf, river, and lake rescue; may perform in specialized assignments which include cliff rescue; off-road vehicle and motorcycle patrol; or canine team handler.

 

Incumbents are required to use protective equipment which includes handguns, shotguns, batons, mace, and handcuffs. Incumbents are regularly trained and tested in physical defensive tactics and firearms use.

Entry Level

Entry in the State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) series is typically in the class of State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard). Entry into the State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) class is typically at the Range�A level. Possession of the criteria described in Alternate Range Criteria, Range�B, in this specification permits entry at the State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard), Range�B, level.

Factors Affecting Position Allocation

Level, variety, and complexity of work; nature and sensitivity of public contact; supervision exercised and received; scope of administrative and management responsibility; latitude for independent judgment and action; responsibility for decision; extent of geographic responsibility; program control and influence on methods and program direction.

Definition of Levels

State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)

This is the entry and training level class for this series. Incumbents under close supervision will learn the duties of a Lifeguard by participating in basic law enforcement, public contact and visitor services, interpretation, and resource management training programs. Incumbents who do not successfully complete the Department's Basic Visitor Services Training Program will be ineligible for movement to the class of Lifeguard.

State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard)

This is the journey level in the series. Under supervision, incumbents perform duties in the visitor services function in park districts which include law enforcement, aquatic/public safety, administration, interpretation, and resource protection/management; and may serve as leadpersons.

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard)

This is the first full supervisory level in the series. Under general supervision, incumbents may perform the duties of Lifeguard and, in addition, supervise lower level permanent and seasonal staff in a visitor services program in a less complex district, geographical sector, or satellite unit; may act in the absence of the District Superintendent or Chief Ranger; and do other related work.

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor II (Lifeguard)

This is the second supervisory level for this series. Under direction, incumbents plan and direct visitor services or aquatic programs in the visitor services functions. Primary responsibilities include aquatic safety services, safety and enforcement, patrol, administrative services, interpretation, resource protection/management, and visitor facility operations in a designated aquatic district. Incumbents may also serve as sector, satellite, or visitor services supervisors.

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor III (Lifeguard)

Under direction, incumbents serve as Chief Lifeguard planning and directing the visitor services function or aquatic services program for large districts where aquatic services and beach operation are the main program elements.

Minimum Qualifications

All Levels:

The following is part of the minimum qualifications for all classes in the series.

 

Possession of a valid California driver's license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. (Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination but they must produce evidence of the license before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

All Levels Except State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)

Graduation from a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) basic course academy. and Education: Successful completion of two years (60 semester units) of study from a state accredited college or university including a minimum of 21�semester units satisfying the General Education Curriculum standards as identified for colleges and universities accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Universities. Courses which meet this requirement include: Natural/Social Sciences, Language, Humanities, and Mathematics.

All Levels Except State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard) and State Park

Peace Officer (Lifeguard) (Range A)

Possession of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Regular Basic Certificate. and Possession of a Department of Parks and Recreation Lifeguard Training Certificate.

All Levels Except State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard), and

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor III (Lifeguard

Possession of (1) a valid Red Cross Advanced First-Aid Certificate or First Responder Certificate (EMSA approved) and (2)�either a valid Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate. (An approved Department of Health Emergency Medical Technician Certificate may be substituted for both of the required certificates.)

State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)

Six months of experience performing the duties of a lifeguard in other than swimming pools. and Education: Successful completion of two years (60 semester units) of study from a state accredited college or university including a minimum of 21 semester units satisfying the General Education Curriculum standards as identified for colleges and universities accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Universities. Courses which meet this requirement include: Natural/Social Sciences, Language, Humanities, and Mathematics. (Students in their second year of college may apply, but they must satisfactorily complete their second year of college before they can be appointed.)

State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard)

Successful completion (within the last three years) of the Department of Parks and Recreation's basic visitor services, resource management, interpretation, and park operations training program as a State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard).

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard)

Either I

 

Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard), Range�B, or State Park Peace Officer (Ranger), Range B.

Or II

 

Experience: Three years of experience in the management, administration, or visitor service of a park or public recreational area. [Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include two years in a class equivalent in level of responsibility to a State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard), Range�B.] and Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor II (Lifeguard)

Either I

 

Equivalent to one year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard) or State Park Peace Officer Supervisor (Ranger).

Or II

 

Experience: Four years of experience in the management, administration, or visitor service of a park or public recreational area, including at least two years in a supervisory capacity. [Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include one year in a class equivalent in level of responsibility to a State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard).] and Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor III (Lifeguard)

Either I

 

One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a State Park Peace Officer Supervisor II (Lifeguard) or State Park Superintendent I.

Or II

 

Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard) or State Park Peace Officer Supervisor (Ranger).

Or III

 

Experience: Five years of experience in the management, administration, or visitor service of a park or public recreational area, including at least three years in a supervisory capacity. [Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include one year in a class equivalent in level of responsibility to a State Park Peace Officer Supervisor II (Lifeguard) or two years in a class equivalent in level of responsibility to a State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard).] and Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)

Knowledge of: Basic principles of dealing with the public; basic mathematics as required in accounting for funds; basic grammar and spelling as required in preparing reports and records; general resource management and protection; principle recreational areas of the State of California; and surf, ocean, lake, and river swimming, bathing, and boating hazards.

 

Ability to: Swim at a level sufficient to perform lifesaving activities; follow written and oral instructions; learn the principles and practices used in the conservation and interpretation of natural resources; learn to use tools and equipment used on the job; work safely; learn to deal tactfully with individuals and groups; apply theory to practical situations; interpret and apply rules and instructions; communicate effectively; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; perform duties which require physical strength and agility; and learn law enforcement rules, regulations, and procedures as a State park peace officer, including arrests and the use of firearms.

State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard)

Knowledge of: All of the above, and principles and practices involved in operating, interpreting, and protecting State park districts; purposes, organization, policies, procedures, and rules of the Department of Parks and Recreation; methods and materials used in preparing and interpreting natural science displays and exhibits; techniques and procedures used in law enforcement; methods of conducting search and rescue; advanced emergency first aid procedures; and first aid and rescue equipment use and maintenance.

 

Ability to: All of the above, and plan, organize, and direct the work of others; carry out programs in accordance with plans and specifications; establish and maintain cooperative relations with public groups and organizations; and lead and train seasonal staff.

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard)

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor II (Lifeguard)

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor III (Lifeguard)

Knowledge of: All of the above, and basic principles of supervision, personnel management, and business and public administration; State administrative procedures; the full range of aquatic services; the Department's Equal Employment Opportunity objectives; and a manager�s/supervisor�s responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

 

Ability to: All of the above, and supervise or assist with the visitor service operation of State park districts; organize, coordinate, and plan programs for operations, interpretation, safety and enforcement, and resource management and protection in park districts; analyze situations and take effective action; establish and maintain cooperative relations with the public and with representatives in other jurisdictions; coordinate mutual aid operations with other agencies; plan and implement in-service training and write effectively; work with community organizations and public officials; assist with the development of effective operating programs to protect visitors and the resources of the State park system; participate in aquatic-oriented public relations and information programs; and effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination.

Age Requirement

All Levels:

Minimum age for appointment to a peace officer class: 18 years.

Special Personal Characteristics

All Levels:

Aptitude and demonstrated interest in park and recreation work, philosophy, and principles; willingness to wear the prescribed uniform and conform to departmental personal appearance standards; willingness to work at various locations throughout the State; willingness to work on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays and at odd or irregular hours; willingness to perform law enforcement duties; satisfactory record as a law-abiding citizen; aptitude for interpretive and public relations work; emotional maturity sufficient to assume the responsibility of protecting lives of others; dependability; punctuality; tact and diplomacy; poise and self-confidence; sensitivity to needs and attitudes of others; and neatness and courtesy.

Special Physical Requirements

State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)

A best-corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better in each eye. An uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better in each eye. A peripheral visual field of at least 120 degrees horizontally and 100 degrees vertically in each eye. Normal color vision, as determined by Ishihara or other color plate tests.

All Levels:

Physical strength, endurance, and agility; mentally alert; physically sound; hearing in each ear sufficient to perform the esential functions of the job; and ability to swim at a level to perform lifesaving activities.

All Levels Except State Park Peace Officer Supervisor III (Lifeguard)

Pass a swimming/running performance test as determined by the Department prior to appointment.

Drug Testing Requirement

Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug screening test. Testing of current employees who are applicants in an examination or who are transferring is permitted only if the person does not have a current appointment to a class for which drug testing is a requirement.

Special Requirements

All Levels:

Existing law provides that persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers. Such persons are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in this class.

 

Existing law requires that a thorough background investigation be completed on or prior to appointment date. Persons unsuccessful in the investigation cannot be appointed as a peace officer.

 

Existing law provides that physical and psychological suitability examinations be completed on or prior to appointment date. Persons who are not successful in these examinations cannot be appointed as a peace officer.

 

Existing law provides that a reading and writing ability examination consisting of an entry-level test battery or equivalent as determined by POST must be completed on or prior to appointment. Persons who are not successful in this examination cannot be appointed as a peace officer.

 

Existing law provides that a candidate for a peace officer position be fingerprinted for search of local, State and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.

Citizenship Requirement

Existing law provides that persons in the classes in the State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) series be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U.S. citizenship.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)

Paid or volunteer experience in law enforcement, or in the operation, protection, and interpretation of a public recreational area.

State Park Peace Officer Supervisor III (Lifeguard

Possession of (1) a valid Red Cross Advanced First-Aid Certificate or First Responder Certificate (EMSA approved) and (2)�either a valid Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate. (An approved Department of Health Emergency Medical Technician Certificate may be substituted for both of the required certificates.)

All Levels:

Bachelor of Arts/Science degree with specialization in Park Administration, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Law Enforcement, Business, or closely related subjects.

 

Possession of a valid instructor certificate for: Advanced First Aid, First Responder (EMSA approved), Basic First Aid, and/or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

 

Completion and certification as an Emergency Medical Technician Level I or�II.

Alternate Range Criteria

This criteria will be used to allocate incumbents to Alternate Range�A or Range�B.

 

Range A. This range shall apply to persons who do not meet the criteria for payment in Range�B.

 

Range B. This range shall apply to persons who have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of 12 months of Range�A experience.

Class History

State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) Series History - Dates Established, Revised, and Title Changed
Class Date Established Date Revised Title Changed
State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard) 04/08/1986 11/18/2008 10/09/2007
State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) 07/07/1960 11/18/2008 10/09/2007
State Park Peace Officer Supervisor I (Lifeguard) 03/17/1950 11/18/2008 10/09/2007
State Park Peace Officer Supervisor II (Lifeguard) 07/14/1971 11/18/2008 10/09/2007
State Park Peace Officer Supervisor III (Lifeguard) (abolished 01/01/2017 per Pay Letter 17-04) 04/05/1983 11/18/2008 10/09/2007
  Updated: 3/28/2017
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