Recreation Assistant / Lifeguard (Flex)

INTRODUCTION: This position is assigned to the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Fitness, Sports, and Deployed Support Branch; Fleet Readiness; Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC); Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department aboard Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The incumbent provides lifeguard duties; is responsible for safeguarding the lives of persons at the assigned work area; assists with Aquatic training, education, and general support at the installation.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Pool Lifeguard duties include but are not limited to:

  • Performs all pool lifeguard responsibilities (e.g., supervising swimmers/patrons and their activities, monitoring all natural water activities, applying first aid, enforcing safety rules, reporting safety hazards to supervisor, performing water rescues as necessary, etc.).
  • Observes conditions of area assigned (e.g., possible hazards, water/chemical conditions, wind and weather, etc.) to ensure a safe environment, removing hazardous materials when necessary (e.g., floating debris, glass, etc.).
  • Performs rescue work, promptly renders cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or emergency first aid, and calls for medical assistance as necessary.
  • Conducts and documents pool chemical testing results. Checks chlorine and pH levels on a scheduled basis; notifies Certified Pool Operator or supervisor of chemical imbalances; adjusts chemicals as directed.
  • Documents water and weather conditions.
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the activity, security, medical departments, and Aquatics Coordinator during emergency situations.
  • Performs cleaning duties (e.g., basic janitorial services, vacuuming, skimming, etc.) and routine facility maintenance as assigned by the Aquatics Coordinator.
  • Inspects stands, boards, ropes, safety gears and condition of the dressing rooms, ensuring they are within the condition required by environmental health standards. Inform supervisor of deficiencies.
  • Uses and maintains care of emergency equipment (e.g., specialized kits and bags, backboard, suction devices, splints, stretchers, monitoring equipment, etc.).
  • Enforces applicable policies and procedures of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) regarding the use of Aquatic facilities.
  • Prepares accident/incident reports during emergency situations. Notifies management of all emergencies immediately.
  • Works with hazardous materials (e.g., cleaning agents, pool chemicals, etc.).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 1 year Lifeguarding Swim Lesson instructor experience preferred, but not required. Must be able to swim and pass all American Red Cross Lifeguarding course in-water swimming skills pre-test. Must be able to successfully pass American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course within 60 days of employment, or possess current American Red Cross certifications in CPR/AED/First Aid.  Knowledge of pool and safety rules. Knowledge of applicable policies and procedures of MWR regarding the use of Aquatic facilities. Ability to appropriately identify hazards or hazardous situations and identify a patron’s need for immediate assistance. Skilled or proficient in lifesaving techniques and radio communications to perform a safe and efficient rescue operation. Knowledge and ability to conduct pool chemical testing, document the results and adjust chemical imbalances as directed. Ability to exercise control over a large grouip of people. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

EVALUATION: Candidates will be evaluated on quality and nature of the experience pertinent to the position.  Application must show sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the full range of duties of the Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard). 

  • This incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license
  • Must be able to satisfactorily complete background investigation – National Agency Check with Written Inquires (NACI), upon hiring and renew every 5 years
  • Must be able to pass an initial and recurrent physical agility test


Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to address the above job requirements and submit with application. Applications should include all experience including dates of employment, training, education, or other information that is relevant to the announced vacancy.


  • Resume, including month and year of employment for each position (required)
  • Include name and contact information for at least three (3) professional references in your resume.
  • If claiming Veteran's Preference, completed SF-15 and a legible copy of DD-214 (page 4) as well as any other supporting documentation (disability, official statements, proof of service, etc.) is required.
  • If claiming Gold Star Veteran's Preference, completed SF-15 and a legible copy of DD-1300 as well as any other supporting documentation (official statements, document of service, court decree, etc.) is required.
  • If claiming Military Spouse Preference, a copy of sponsor's orders (applicable for NF-03 and below or equivalent).
  • If claiming Department of Defense (DOD) Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) Business Based Action (BBA) Priority consideration, submit a copy of the notice of separation.
  • If you are a current federal employee, submit your most recent Personnel Action Report (PAR) or SF-50.


Submit resume/application to: NAF HR Office, PSC 1005 Box 19, FPO AA, 34009, you can drop at Bldg. 2124 (old school house, behind Windjammer) or e-mail resume to:  with the job title and number (#2023-060) in the subject line and on your resume. Failure to include this information will result in not being considered for the position.

Resumes that contains PII or EEO information will be rated as INELIGIBLE. (Information such as birth dates, religious affiliations, pictures, passport numbers, etc.).

As a condition of employment, the selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit upon hire.

DON is an EEO employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factor. Reasonable accommodations are provided to applicants with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the office that is collecting the applications. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case by case basis.

NOTE: Management reserves the right to fill the vacancy by methods other than merit staffing procedures (i.e., non-competitive placements in lieu of, or as exceptions to competitive procedures), or cancel the vacancy announcement at any time during the recruitment process.