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Ocean Lifeguard - Seasonal

Shellharbour City Council

Shellharbour NSW, Australia

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Date posted: July 8, 2024

Closes: Jul 28, 2024

As a Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard, you will provide high quality patrol services across Shellharbour City's controlled beaches for the 2024/2025 season.

This role will be responsible for a wide range of duties, including;

  • Supervision of beach customers
  • Identification of suitable swimming and surf craft areas
  • Recognise and respond to aquatic emergencies
  • Carrying out cleaning and maintenance reporting tasks in order to present the beach and immediate surrounds in a clean and tidy conditions
  • Presenting beach/ocean awareness programs as required
  • Supervision of other Beach Lifeguard staff

The 2024/2025 season will run from 28 September 2024 to 25 April 2025 on a roster covering various shifts from Monday to Sunday.  

About us: 

Shellharbour City, located in the Illawarra region, is just 80 minutes south of Sydney and is home to over 76,000 people in a city that spans 154 square kilometres.  It's an area of great natural beauty - stretching west from the picturesque coastline to rolling pastures, set against the majestic backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment. 

Our dedication to be financially sustainable in an evolving environment, while striving for a great organisational culture and committing to employing staff who embrace our Core Values, has made Shellharbour City Council an employer of choice.

We have been recognised with a wealth of state and national awards in 2019, 2020 & 2021 including our 5 star Civic Centre building, Museum space and City Library, Winner in 2021 for Small Regional Airport of the year, and recently being presented an AR Bluett Memorial Award for Most Progressive Metropolitan and Regional Council in NSW.

We offer:

Shellharbour City Council offers a high performing and sustainable organisation to deliver outcomes for the community through leadership, collaboration and innovation. We have exciting, rewarding career opportunities and flexible working arrangements and work/life balance in a relaxed coastal lifestyle.

  • Temporary full time from 28 September 2024 to 25 April 2025 on a Monday to Sunday roster
  • 38 hours per week during shoulder season 
  • 42.25 hours per week working a 9 day fortnight during peak season (21 December 2024 to 31 January 2025)
  • Job-share arrangements may be considered
  • Commencing salary from $1268.55 per week plus weekend penalties for work on Saturday/Sunday and public holidays
  • 11.5% superannuation

Please Note: 

  • This position requires a current "Working with Children Check" clearance in accordance with the 'Child Protection (WWC) Act 2012 for Paid workers
  • You will need to complete a Pre-placement Medical Assessment
  • As part of the recruitment process, you will need to pass a Fitness and Skill assessment

For further information about the position, click here for the position description.


Contact: Marc Andrews, Team Leader Ocean Lifeguard on 0459 919 375.



Closing date: Sunday, 28 July 2024 at 11:30pm.

Fitness and Skill assessment: Scheduled for Friday 2 August & Saturday 3 August 2024.

Interview date: Scheduled for Friday, 9 August 2024.


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Complete the application below by answering the questions, describing how your skills and experience are relevant to the position.  

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For further information about the selection process including tips on how to address the selection criteria, please view our Guide To Applying.

Shellharbour City Council are an equal opportunities employer and promote the following;

We are a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure that they treat our Community, Councillors, Customers and each other with respect and professionalism without regard to non-relevant criteria or distinctions.

We are committed to being a Child Safe Organisation. Our commitment promotes the rights of all children and young people to be safe from harm when interacting with our services and spaces. To realise our vision for a child-safe Shellharbour, we know that we must work together to ensure our children are given every opportunity to be safe, happy and thrive.

Shellharbour City Council are dedicated to building a workplace that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusivity. We recognise the unique strengths and talents that individuals with disabilities bring to our team, and we are committed to creating an environment where everyone can thrive. We invite individuals with disability to apply for positions at Shellharbour City Council and we commit to discussing reasonable adjustments to roles (such as work hours) and the work environment (for example, different office equipment) where we can, to enable people with a disability to join our team.
By doing so, people with disability can contribute to the skills, experiences, and perspectives that make our team stronger. Together, we can create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our community and ensures that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. At Shellharbour City Council, we believe that diversity is not just a policy—it's a reflection of who we are and what we stand for.


Our core values of Collaboration, Accountability, Integrity, Respect and Sustainability represent who we are and what we expect of one another.

To work with us, you must be committed to role modelling our core values.

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