Apply now for seasonal jobs at state parks, forests and historic sites
TRENTON – Apply now if you're interested in a summer job at New Jersey’s parks, forests and historic sites.
Seasonal positions for lifeguards, nature and history educators, maintenance workers and visitor service assistants are available for those 16 years of age and older, according the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The number and types of positions available varies by the recreation opportunities each park offers. At Parvin State Park, lifeguards and maintenance workers are needed.
Peak season runs Memorial Day through Labor Day. Salaries start at $10 per hour.
Some parks are hiring to fill positions April through October, particularly for posts that involve camping. The Park Service will work with applicants, such as students and teachers, whose availability may be limited to weekends during certain periods of the year.
“Seasonal positions serve important purposes, from ensuring that our guests enjoy their visits to providing learning experiences for staff as they showcase the best of New Jersey’s parks, forests and historic sites,” Parks and Forestry Director Olivia Glenn said. “We encourage the public to apply for positions and spend the warmer months in our great outdoors.”
Seasonal staff are required to work weekends and holidays because facilities are open seven days a week. Most jobs are outdoors.
Applicants for all positions are encouraged to check with the park office of their choice by Friday about specific positions, scheduling and other job-related inquiries. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.
Lifeguard positions are anticipated at 14 swimming areas across the state, including Atsion Recreation Area at Wharton State Forest in Burlington County and Parvin State Park in Salem County.
While candidates must pass running and swim tests prior to employment, prior experience is not necessary. The Park Service will train lifeguards in cardiopulmonary resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillators, first aid and other medical matters, and help applicants obtain U.S. Lifesaving Association certification. State swimming areas open Saturday, May 25.
General maintenance workers help to maintain grounds and buildings and remove litter. Seasonal visitor service workers provide information to visitors, report emergencies and perform visual inspections of facilities and grounds.
The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry oversees some 50 state parks, forests, recreation areas, battlefields, historic sites and marinas that annually draw millions of visitors and are a key contributor to the state’s tourism economy.
To learn more about which locations are accepting applications or to apply for a specific position, visit www.nj.gov/dep/workinparks or your local park office. The lifeguard testing schedule is also posted at the link.
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