Paid Lifeguard Service

During the peak summer season Surf Life Saving in the Northern Region employs lifeguards to patrol 22 locations Monday to Friday, with some locations 7 days a week. This is known as the Paid Lifeguard Service and it is designed to augment volunteer patrols by providing coverage throughout the week and where volunteer patrols do not exist.

The service operates every weekday and includes Christmas and New Year’s Day. The service runs from December through to March for the busier patrol locations, and mid-December through to February for the majority of the others.

Surf Life Saving Northern Region seeks appropriately qualified and experienced Lifeguards to fill positions each season.

All Lifeguards applying to be must have a good level of fitness, have good surf lifesaving knowledge and experience, be able to work well within a team environment, be able to think and respond under pressure and be dedicated to fill the roster for this period (including Christmas and New Year’s).


Paid Lifeguards:

For those seeking fixed-term or casual work as paid lifeguards in Northern Region, including RWC Operators. This link is for new and returning Paid Lifeguards.

Documentation you will require to complete this application includes a CV and a cover letter.

Additional required documentation, to enable us to complete the Police Vetting process, are 2 x forms of identification, one primary and one secondary (one of which must be photographic).

As part of this application there will be a medical standards questionnaire. It is designed to assess your ability to safely undertake the operational duties of these services. It is not designed to exclude or discourage you from working in a regional capacity.


Paid Lifeguard Service Dates:

Senior/International Applications: Closed

All Applications Close: 17th September

PLS Pool Trials: 9-13th October

PLS Beach Trial: 15th October
Senior Induction: 24th September

PLS Induction: 18th /19th November
PLS Start: 20th November


Position Descriptions:

Please view the below documents for the relevant position descriptions.

YE2024 PD PLS Lifeguard Grade 1&2

YE2024 PD PLS Senior Lifeguard Grade 3

YE2024 PD PLS Vice Patrol Captain

YE2024 PD PLS Patrol Captain

YE2024 PD RWC North Shore


Apply Now:

To apply for an Intermediate or Junior role, please follow the below link to submit your application:

2023_24 SLSNR Intermediate and Junior Seasonal Application

Please use Google Chrome as the preferred web browser to apply.


For further questions or information please contact SLSNR Lifesaving Manager Lauren Williams (

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