Seasonal Beach Lifeguard

Posted on 1 March 2021
  • Directorate BHCC: Economy Environment & Culture
  • Salary £19,312 per annum pro rata (£10.01 per hour)
  • Contract Fixed Term
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


The Seafront Office

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    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Brighton & Hove Beach Lifeguards

Fancy a challenging and rewarding job working on the beach all summer?

Don't want a standard 9 - 5 office job?

Finishing University or College for the summer but want to stay in Brighton, earn some money and learn new skills?

We are currently recruiting a team of lifeguards to work on our world famous Brighton and Hove beaches during our summer season from 24th May – 5th September 2021

About the role

With over 11 million visitors to Brighton & Hove each year, you will play a major part in keeping our beaches safe and enjoyable for all who use them.

In a typical summer season our Lifeguard & Seafront Team have responded to 134 incidents saving 46 lives and reunited 45 missing persons – it’s fair to say no day is the same, you will face challenges and you will make the difference in keeping people safe.

What we are looking for:

A competent swimmer with the physical ability to pass a beach lifeguard course.

You are passionate about sea safety, clean beaches and customer service.

You have a knowledge and practical experience of first aid and incident management.

You are great at working in a team and have lots of enthusiasm.

You have a flexible and adaptable approach to working environments and hours.

You are happy to work outside in all weather conditions.

You have a cool head in a crisis, can think on your feet and don’t shy away from dealing with difficult situations.

You’re proactive, quick to spot potential problems and you are good at working out solutions using your own initiative.

If you think any of the above relates to you or have similar skill sets which could transfer then we encourage your application. For an informal chat or if you would like to find out more information on the qualifications needed then please give us a call and we will be happy to talk through the role.

Fixed Term & Casual Contracts (24th May 2021 - 5th September 2021)

£10.01 / hour

You will also be required to attend in house training throughout the season if recruited.

Casual contracts will be considered to compliment the service dependent on commitment to hours as will late starters.

Recruitment Process:

Applications close: Wednesday 31st March 2021

If your application is successfully shortlisted you will be invited to attend a swim test.

Swim Test: Sunday 11th April 2021

To swim 400m in under 7m 30sec (16 lengths of a 25m pool)

If you pass the swim test you will then be invited to the interview stage.

Interviews: April 2021

Conditional offer: As well as References, Right to Work and DBS checks - all candidates must hold a valid UK Beach Lifeguard Qualification before their start date.

Beach Lifeguard Courses are available nationally and locally and we appreciate not everyone has this qualification prior to application so please contact The Seafront Office in advance to get an understanding of what the course entails.

Queries regarding this vacancy, please contact The Seafront Team at:


01273 292715

TO APPLY - as part of your application, you will need to answer some branching questions. To help you, some guidance has been attached to the advert below. 

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.

Company information

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

At Brighton & Hove City Council we offer staff a range of benefits. If you choose to work for us, in return we can offer you:

A competitive salary
Career average pension scheme
Generous holiday (23 days rising to 25 days after 5 years)
An opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills
Staff discounts
A range of other staff benefits

Find out more about Living in Brighton & Hove on our website.


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