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Lake Patrol Person - Full-Time Seasonal

City of Decatur, IL

City of Decatur, IL

Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2023
Job Summary

Get paid to spend your summer on the lake!

Starting hourly pay is $19.00; increases thereafter are 50 cents per year for each year of experience with the City of Decatur Lake Patrol program. There will be a shift differential of 25 cents more per hour for working second shift and a shift differential of 50 cents more per hour for working third shift.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by date of employment, have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver's license.

Candidates must complete and pass the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training & CPR/AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration Course within the first week of employment. For candidates selected for this position, the City of Decatur will pay for this training.

The City of Decatur is a drug-free workplace. This includes marijuana. Candidates will be subject to a pre-employment drug screen, physical and background check post offer.


This is a seasonal position that provides ordinance enforcement and utility maintenance work in the municipal lake area. Work is generally performed in an outdoor environment and involves the enforcement of state and local laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to boating safety and operation, the use of recreational facilities, and watershed management. Work also involves assisting persons in emergency situations or in distress. Additional assignments include limited maintenance work on docks, grounds and facilities and generally supervising and controlling lake recreational activities.

During peak season, the lake is staffed 24 hours per day, and Lake Patrol Persons must be willing and able to work any shift. Work activities may take place in moist or humid conditions in a range of outdoor temperatures and may require getting in and swimming in the lake’s water.


Work is performed under the close supervision of the Lake Patrol Crew Chief, Lake Patrol Lead Crew Chief, Lake Supervisor, or other full time City staff and is reviewed through periodic inspections and the observation of results obtained.

Major Duties

EXAMPLES OF WORK (typical work examples, but not limited to the following):

  1. Operates a lake patrol boat or work boat on the municipal lake; uses a two-way radio in reporting violations by lake users, and other problem situations; may take limited apprehension actions as authorized; prepares work reports.
  2. Provides courtesy patrolling on the Lake Decatur reservoir and in the Lake Decatur public areas.
  3. Maintains certain safety items such as "no wake" buoys, buoys near the spillway and various information signs on and around the reservoir.
  4. Enforces no-wake, horsepower limits, Lake Decatur boat permits and other boating and dock regulations covered by Lake Decatur ordinances or regulations.
  5. Provides first aid and rescues persons in distress in the lake; applies resuscitation and artificial respiration; speaks to the public about water safety.
  6. Enforces laws and ordinances pertaining to boat operating and equipment regulations; inspects boats and equipment; sells boating permits and receives fees; patrols lake events.
  7. Patrols the lake area to control use of facilities; answers complaints and questions regarding boating regulations and operational use of facilities.
  8. Paints; mows; performs landscape maintenance such as planting flowers and cutting grass; cleans and makes minor repairs to boats, equipment and facilities; operates automotive equipment in removing debris around and on the lake and towing trailers.
  9. Performs data entry and light filing.
  10. Performs related work and other duties as assigned.
Knowledge & Skills
  1. Knowledge, skill and the ability to demonstrate the application of first aid, CPR and related lifesaving techniques in various crisis situations, including drowning and shock cases.
  2. Ability to demonstrate strong swimming skills.
  3. Ability to lift, stoop, reach and manipulate heavy objects.
  4. Some knowledge of city code and department policies, rules and regulations.
  5. Some knowledge of manual maintenance tools and materials.
  6. Ability to understand and follow general oral and written instructions, and to prepare standard work reports.
  7. Ability to deal with the public in general and difficult work situations.
  8. Ability to make decisions quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  9. Some knowledge of general office skills such as data entry and filing.
  10. Some knowledge and skill in the use of Microsoft Office software and computer workstations.


Graduation from high school or equivalent; experience in general maintenance or service work involving public contact; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Lifeguard experience and motorboat operating experience is highly desirable.


  1. Must complete and pass the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training & CPR/AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration Course within the first week of employment.
  2. Must have a valid driver's license.
  3. Must be at least 18 years of age by date of employment.

Supplemental Information

Complete an application at the link below with all requested relevant information. Incomplete applications will be rejected. Downloading your resume prefills some sections of the application.