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Harbor Ambassador - Volunteer

at City Of Oceanside, CA

Posted: 11/6/2019
Job Status: Internship,Volunteer
Job Reference #: 2498638
Keywords: volunteer

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



These are volunteer opportunities. No compensation or benefits are received.

The City of Oceanside is currently accepting applications for current and future vacancies for Harbor Ambassador - Volunteer. These positions will be assigned to the Oceanside Harbor and will report to the Harbor Manager.

Oceanside Harbor has 958 slips comprised primarily of recreational boats.  A smaller portion of the Harbor contains several larger commercial charter fishing and sightseeing vessels.  There is one boat rental company that offers; power boats, jet skis, electric boats, pedal-boats, kayaks and paddle boards.

Harbor Beach is the widest beach in Oceanside, making it the favorite location for locals and visitors.  The Harbor Village hosts over 20 different businesses and restaurants that draws even more visitors to this location.

The Harbor spans over 100 acres of water and land. Over the past decade, human powered craft (kayak, paddle board, etc.) has significantly increased in participation.  Due to its location being halfway between San Diego and Orange County, Oceanside Harbor is a preferred location for transient boaters.  As a result, Oceanside Harbor is extremely active with boaters, human powered craft, beach goers and visitors during summer months, holidays and weekends throughout the year.

Examples of Duties

This group of volunteers will act as knowledgeable ambassadors providing valuable information on the water and land to boaters, human powered watercraft participants, beach goers and visitors. Their purpose will be to inform, not enforce. They will visit our kayak/paddle board launch areas, boat ramp and transient docks to inform users about proper boating rules while navigating inside the Harbor.  They will be available to answer general questions from visitors.  And finally, they will assist staff in monitoring transient dock activity.

Harbor Ambassador - Volunteers will cruise the Harbor waterways on kayaks always using Coast Guard approved flotation, wearing highly visible logo vests and carrying waterproof, floating marine VHF radios.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience and Training                               

Experience: Candidate must possess a minimum of:

  • One (1) year of kayak experience and
  • One (1) years of boating experience 

Training:  Candidates must possess an understanding of basic water safety regulations; deal tactfully and effectively with the public; work cooperatively with others and possess prior work experience explaining information, rules and regulations to the public.
Licenses/Certifications: Possess or obtain, within sixty-days of volunteering, the following:
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • California Boaters Card

Working Conditions and Selection Process

As a condition of continued service, candidates must be able and willing to work a minimum of fifteen (15) hours per month and be on the water in all weather conditions for at least one (1) hour at a time.  

Environmental Conditions:
Outdoor Beach, Marina and/or Harbor environment; indoor and outdoor classroom and activity center environment; work around or in water; exposure to all types of weather conditions; extensive public contact.  Variable working hours may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. 
Physical Conditions:
Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for heavy or light lifting, swimming, running, kneeling, bending, crouching, walking, standing, or sitting for prolonged periods of time, exercising full range of motion of the arms, hands, wrists and fingers, speaking and hearing to exchange information, visual acuity to assess a variety of situations and respond to those situations; read and interpret information. 

Selection Process All properly completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.

The examination process will include a swim competency exam. The swim exam will consist of the following events:
  • Swim 66 yards in one minute and thirty seconds or less.
  • Tread water for two minutes.
  • Get on a kayak from the water and ride the kayak to the opposite end of the pool.

Candidates must pass all the events in the swim exam in order to be considered. The final candidates will go on for an interview with the Harbor Manager.

Note: There will be no implied contract of acceptance for a potential volunteer's or intern's service upon the receipt of a their application. 
Submission of a volunteer application Does Not guarantee placement