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Join our team.

The HBFD is looking for highly motivated individuals to
serve our beaches. Are you ready for the challenge?


Our Mission.

"The Huntington Beach Fire Department is dedicated to providing the highest quality fire, marine safety and emergency medical services to protect our community. "

The HBFD - Marine Safety Division is an all-risk department that serves its community with a 200-person seasonal staff and 18 full-time staff—covering 4 Divisions that make up the 5 miles of Huntington Beach coastline and the Huntington Harbor. Huntington Beach Lifeguards respond to 3k+ rescues every year along with boat rescues, dive responses, medical aids, and various community involvement programs. Huntington Beach Lifeguards also run the HB Junior Lifeguard program which has a long history of creating future leaders in our community. 


Become an Ocean Lifeguard.

Are you ready to challenge yourself and become a Huntington Beach Ocean Lifeguard? 

Spend next summer at the beach serving one of the busiest beaches in the world.

Being an Ocean Lifeguard offers an incredibly rewarding career. Working for the City of

Huntington Beach as an Ocean Lifeguard comes with many benefits including:

  • Competitive wage starting at $19.24/hr with bonuses for EMT and Bilingual status

  • Paid training in Ocean Rescue, CPR, First Aid, and more

  • Opportunity for growth. Ocean Lifeguard I's have a direct path for growth through our seasonal ranks and into our full-time career positions. Ocean lifeguards also have the opportunity for recruitment to retirement.

  • Flexible scheduling for students who are attending school full-time. 

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Emergency Medical Response

Rescue Watercraft 

Dive Response

Tower Lifeguarding

Community Outreach


Steps to become an Ocean Lifeguard.

We are actively recruiting for our 2024 Lifeguard Season!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum Age: 17 by July 1, 2024 - Proof required  (Age 16 for HB City Beach Junior Lifeguards and with recommendation by MS Management)

  • Vision: 20/40 uncorrected in both eyes or 20/40 corrected (by contacts only) in both eyes.

  • License: A valid CA drivers license with an acceptable driving record may be required.

  • Other: A pre-placement medical exam and drug screening will be conducted upon a conditional offer of employment.



The City of Huntington Beach uses for all employment opportunities.


To participate in the 2024 hiring process you must fill out an job application at the link below.

You must attach a signed copy of the Performance Exam Form to your job application. Click here to download.


Complete Our Performance Exam

Upcoming Performance Exam Dates: November 24 & 25, 2023;  January 5, 2024; and February 3, 2024

Complete our performance exam:

  • 1000-yard pool swim that must be completed in under 15 minutes

  • 1800-yard ocean Run-Swim-Run



We are looking for applicants who display good character, integrity, and strong work ethic in a team environment.

Come prepared as you would for any professional interview.


Lifeguard Academy

  1. Ocean Lifeguard Trainees will be trained on First Aid, Ocean Rescue, CPR, Paddleboard Operations, Rescue Boat Operations, RWC Operations.

  2. Ocean Lifeguard Trainees will be paid during training and will be provided all necessary equipment. 

  3. Upon completion of the the Training Academy, Ocean Lifeguard Trainees will become an Ocean Lifeguard I, and serve our community during the summer season. 

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