Central Coast Council

Beach Lifeguards (Casual)

Posted: 28 Jun
Closes: 15 Aug
Central Coast NSW, New South Wales



Location: Central Coast Council's Patrolled Beaches NSW

  • Spend your summer on the beach making a valuable contribution in your community
  • Fun and challenging environment combining high level fitness, technical first aid and people skills
  • Multiple casual positions available for the 2022 - 2023 summer season
  • Salary range from $33.34 to $40.00 per hour (inclusive of casual loading) + allowance + superannuation 

 Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

Ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work. 

Today the Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, with the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia.

This is an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified and experienced individuals to join our Beach Safety team located within Council's Leisure, Beach Safety and Community Facilities Unit.

Our Casual Beach Lifeguards play a key role in supporting the Central Coast community and our many visitors over the summer season by assisting in providing aquatic safety across the 16 patrolled beach locations within the Central Coast Region. The 2022-23 summer season commences 19 September 2022 and closes 24 April 2023.

Successful applicants will be employed on a casual day-to-day basis and will have an opportunity to work up to 38 hours per week, rostered as required over a variable spread of hours, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) at various patrolled locations.

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

Key activities of this role include: 

  • Monitor Aquatic Environment for safe swimming at specified location giving full attention to all environmental changes;
  • Respond to emergency situations as required and ensure appropriate reporting of these incidents;
  • Communicate and educate general public on beach safety;
  • Clean and maintain all rescue equipment and facilities required to perform duties to the highest possible standard on a daily basis;
  • Follow directions set by Beach Safety Team Leader, Beach Safety Officer and/or Senior/Seasonal Beach Lifeguards, to ensure delivery of Beach Lifeguard service, and work across multiple locations within the local government area.

Essential Criteria Includes:

  • Current Provide First Aid certificate (HLTAID 003 or HLTAID 011);
  • Current Provide Advanced Resuscitation (HLTAID 007 or HLTAID 015);
  • Current CPR qualification (HLTAID 001 or HLTAID 009);
  • Current Surf Bronze Medallion or Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) or an equivalent qualification from APOLA; 
  • Current NSW General Boating Licence or ability to obtain prior to season commencement;
  • Current Class C or Provisional Driver’s Licence;
  • Working with Children Check or willingness to obtain prior to season commencement;
  • Demonstrated experience in lifeguarding or other emergency service areas with a demonstrated strong commitment to customer service;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and commitment to, Work Health and Safety Principles, Environment Management Principles and Equal Opportunity Principles.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Current NSW Boating Licence.

Shortlisted applicants must be available to:

  • Attend the nominated skills testing day and complete the entire test on the day specified, and be available to attend an interview on the allocated interview day if successful in passing all physical skills testing;
  • Bring to Testing Day or Interview any relevant qualifications and licences as requested in the advertised Essential Criteria, both original and photocopies. Licence numbers must be referenced in the application in order to proceed to testing;
  • Provide a Working with Children Check Clearance under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013 (if over 18).

The skills testing day will be managed with appropriate social distancing measures and will be held on THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2022. Interviews of around 30 mins each to be held on TUESDAY 4 OCTOBER 2022 (via MS Teams video link).

Shortlisted applicants must pass all of the following skills testing requirements:

  • 800m pool swim in under 14 minutes;
  • Complete beep test to a predetermined level as required;
  • Beach run, swim, run, swim, paddle, run, paddle, run within a given time;
  • Simulated use of rescue equipment in performing surf rescues, including rescue board and rescue tube;
  • Practical and written first aid examination and assessment;
  • Assess a patient and apply spinal care management principles;
  • Competent use of all oxygen equipment.

Central Coast Council is committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all of our employees. In accordance with Council's WHS requirements and COVID-19 Safety Plans we require all employees to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to commencement with Central Coast Council.

It is the responsibility of successful applicants to undertake a course of Hepatitis B and Tetanus vaccinations or to demonstrate their immunity prior to commencement of employment.

Enquiries: Craig Healy, Team Leader Beach Safety on ph: 0418 438 632, or Trevor Roberts, Beach Safety Officer on ph: 0407 333 046.

If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Closing Date:  Applications close at Midnight on Sunday 14 August 2022.


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Thank you for your interest in the position.

Apply now using our fast, easy to use on-line application process. 

Don't have access to a computer or electronic device? Applications can be lodged at any of Council's 10 Library locations. Pre-book a free 1 hour computer time-slot by contacting your nearest library https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/libraries/our-branches or ask at the  Library enquiry counter.

Please note that you do not need a "password" to use our on-line application system, however you will need to complete your application without leaving the system as your application will not be saved.

** It is recommended that you review the questions and prepare your responses in a Word document or similar before commencing your on-line application. Your responses will not be saved if you encounter any problems submitting your application.

** We recommend that you use Google Chrome for best System performance.

To lodge your application, please follow the below steps:

Step 1:  Answer the on-line questions shown below. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible in response to the questions asked.

Step 2:  Attach your Resume 

Step 3:  Attach your qualifications and licences

Once your application is successfully lodged you will receive an automated response sent to your e-mail address. If a response is not received this means that your application has not been successfully submitted and you will need to lodge another application.

IMPORTANT: If you require assistance to lodge your application please contact our Talent Acquisition team by emailing recruit@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au or phone 0409 601 161 to discuss what reasonable adjustments you may need.

Applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted by phone or e-mail. Please be advised, in order to ensure you receive all email communications from Central Coast Council, please whitelist 'recruit@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au' in your preferred email client.  For Further instructions please click here

PLEASE NOTE: By completing and submitting this online application you confirm that any information provided by yourself in this application is true & correct and acknowledge that any offer of employment may be withdrawn should the information that you have provided in support of your application be shown to be false.  You also consent to employment screening checks being conducted where appropriate.  This may include associated checks (Referee check, Working With Children Check, Entitlement to Work in Australia, Employment History and an Australian Federal Police Check) as well as substantiation of educational qualifications, industry memberships, previous Central Coast Council employment history and association with professional bodies.

I also acknowledge that I will be required to provide proof of eligibility (including photo identification) to work in Australia if selected for an interview.