Alexis Jones: Lifeguard Russian River District
California State Parks Lifeguard Alexis Jones
Up Close and Personal
1. What is your most unique experience working in California State Parks?
My most unique experience was working on the Emerald Bay Underwater Park project. I am currently a member of the California State Parks dive team. We were tasked with completing some ongoing maintenance of a fleet of boats that had sunk in the Bay. It was so different to be working underwater-measuring and taking photographs in SCUBA gear at 7000 feet altitude!
2. What is the biggest challenge that you want the public to understand about your profession?
As a lifeguard, I can be in the middle of writing a citation and then be called to an aquatic rescue. In this type of situation, we have to completely change focus to an entirely different set of skills and equipment. It’s a fun challenge, but a challenge none the less.
3. Who or what inspired you to pursue this career?
After graduating from UCSB and subsequently pursuing a MA degree at SDSU, I found myself drawn to the same type of jobs-always rescue/public safety oriented. The Permanent Lifeguard series combines everything that I love to do and am drawn to naturally.
4. Is there something in your career that you would do differently if given the chance?
Nope! I love every second of my job. I never feel like I am at work.
5. Any particular parks that are on your dream list of workplaces?
I recently transferred to the Russian River District and I am exploring my new home and surrounding area every day! I will be busy here for a while. I’m not even thinking about moving!