Seasonal Water Patrol Assistant

Racine County, WI | Racine, WI

Posted Date 3/31/2024

Job Summary

To assist Deputy Sheriffs in Racine County with patrol and search and rescue functions on Lake Michigan, Racine Harbor, and Root River.

Essential Duties

  • Assist Deputy Sheriffs, primarily as a deck hand, on search and rescue operations and providing assistance to boaters in need or danger. This will be primarily on Lake Michigan, Racine Harbor, and Root River. This will include towing of disabled Boats. This will involve venturing onto Lake Michigan in severe weather and wave conditions.
  • Participate in training sessions conducted in house and by other agencies, such as U.S. Coast Guard, as assigned.
  • Accompany Deputy Sheriffs, primarily as a deck hand, while on enforcement related patrol on Lake Michigan, Racine Harbor, and Root River.
  • Operate communications facilities and equipment which include, but are not limited to: telephones, radios and water pumps.
  • Take messages and accurately disseminate information when applicable.
  • Accurately maintain activity log book and other forms as directed.
  • Assist in cleaning and maintenance of patrol boats, offices, and surrounding areas as directed.
  • Assist public and boaters seeking information.

Supervision Received
Receives overall all supervision from Sergeant assigned to Water Patrol. Shift Commander and/or Senior Deputy during those times that Sergeant is not on duty.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Pursuing a Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice degree is preferred.
  • Must possess/obtain Wisconsin DNR certificate within 2 weeks of employment.
  • Three (3) years boating experience including a working knowledge of the principles of navigation and seamanship.
  • Prompt and regular attendance.
  • *Or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to swim one hundred (100) yards or remain afloat for fifteen (15) minutes without the use of any flotation devices.
This description has been prepared to assist in properly evaluating various classes of responsibilities, skill, working conditions, etc., present in the classification. It is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and characteristic levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities. Nor is it intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

(For a complete list of benefits, refer to the Human Resources Policy Manual)

.Overtime Pay:

  • Time and one half regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of forty hours per week.
.Wisconsin Deferred Compensation:
  • WDC is adminstered by ETF, the same administrator as WRS, Wisconsin Retirement Systems. You can invest with Nationwide, WDC, or both as long as you do not exceed the annual contribution limit. The contribution limit for 2022 is $20,500.00.
Employee Assistance Program: Racine County now has a new Employee Assistance Program that offers 6 free visits to employees and their dependents per issue. This is a wonderful benefit to anyone that is looking for help with life stresses and counseling, legal or financial assistance, and referrals to programs to assist with work-life balance.

Pet Insurance: Racine County now offers Pet Insurance. This is something you can enroll in at any time through our partner, FIGO.
Salary20,500.00 Annual
Government & Public Administration

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