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Pathways Intern Student Trainee (Recreation Aid/Assistant/Lifeguard)

Air Force Civilian Service Hanscom Afb, MA

Job Description


For GS-02 through GS-04 :

·        Monitors activities within assigned swimming facility and maintains order and enforces established rules of safety and behavior

·        Rescues and resuscitates individuals in danger of drowning and renders first aid to injuries using techniques such as artificial respiration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and first aid, and equipment such as first aid kits, buoys, ropes, rings, shepherds hooks, and backboards

·        Cleans and maintains the swimming facility

·        Performs gate control duties such as verifying that customers are authorized to use facility and collecting admission fees

·        Participates in required in-service training and maintains currency, capability, and certification to perform lifesaving and water rescue and to administer basic first aid and CPR

Additional duty for GS-02:

·         Assists water safety instructor in conducting swimming lessons

Additional duty for GS-03 and GS-04:

·         Conducts swimming lessons following prescribed lesson plan.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed indoors and outdoors and involves long periods of exposure to summer sun and chlorinated water.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Some physical exertion is required in effecting a swimming rescue. Must be able to lift and carry 45 pounds and over. Much of the time is spent sitting, standing, or walking; however, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, kneeling, or reaching is required. A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL IS REQUIRED.


For GS-02 grade level: Completion of high school diploma or equivalent no later than June 2017 AND acceptance or current enrollment in an accredited college/university

For GS-03 grade level: Completion of 30 semester hours or more of post high school study leading towards a qualifying degree (i.e. associate's, bachelor's, master's, etc.)

For GS-04 grade level: Completion of 60 semester hours or more of post high school study leading towards a qualifying degree (i.e. associate's, bachelor's, master's, etc.)

ALL GRADE LEVELS (GS-2/3/4) must possess lifeguard certification covering lifesaving and water rescue methods, skills, and procedures, basic first aid certification, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification which includes adult, child, and infant procedures.

   Additional GS-03 requirement- must possess water safety instructor certification (WSI).

   Additional GS-04 requirement- must possess water safety instructor certification (WSI) AND lifeguard instructor certification (LGI).

*If you do not possess the required certifications at the time of application, you must be willing and able to attend training and become certified no later than  May 2017*

NOTE: All certifications must be current, valid, and nationally recognized. If you currently possess valid certification, you must provide a legible copy (front & back) of each with your application.

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course and Ellis and Associates National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program meet the nationally recognized certification requirement for lifesaving and water rescue.  The American Red Cross Training and Water Safety Instruction or Ellis and Associates Learn to Swim Program meet the nationally recognized instructor certification requirement. The American Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety Course and Community CPR Course meet the requirements for CPR certification covering adults, children, and infants.  The American Red Cross Standard First Aid certification does not meet the CPR certification requirement unless supplemented with additional certifications for children and infants. Equivalent nationally recognized CPR training programs (e.g., American Heart Association) may also meet certification requirements. The American Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety Course and Standard First Aid Course meet the requirement for first aid certification. Equivalent nationally recognized first aid training programs (e.g., National Safety Council) may also meet certification requirements.


1. May be required to work other than normal duty hours to include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

2. All certifications must remain current and valid during the period of employment.

This position has an education requirement.  You MUST provide UPDATED transcripts and proof of current enrollment/acceptance to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


FOREIGN EDUCATION SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for additional information.


You must be a student currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited high school, college or university:

·        Enrollment must be at least half-time course load as defined by the education institution (typically six hours or equivalent for undergraduate and three hours or equivalent for graduate)

·        Maintain good academic standing, generally at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA for undergraduate programs and a 3.0 for graduate programs on a 4.0 scale

·        Meet the qualification standards of the position

·        Must be at least 16 years of age

·        Must sign a Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement; furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; and provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term

·        A U.S. citizen or a U.S. national (i.e. resident of American Samoa or Swains Island). Non-citizens may be eligible for employment if permitted by the DoD Appropriation Act and eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws


NOTE:  U.S. citizenship is required for a noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term appointment with the Department of the Air Force.


Applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Department of the Air Force offers excellent benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan. For more information, visit:

Other Information

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.


Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment.

For additional information or to register, click here .


The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as the participants trial period.


Interns may work part-time or full-time schedules.



Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.


EEO Statement: THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Selection will be made without regard to non-merit factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, politics, disability, or sexual orientation, which do not relate to successful performance of the duties of the position except where specifically authorized by law. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individuals employment experience will be used only to determine the persons qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individuals personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

Job Details

Date Posted July 11, 2018
Date Closes August 10, 2018
Requisition 466534300
Located In Hanscom afb, MA
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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