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Summer Seasonal Jobs

Each year, the NJ State Park Service hires approximately 600 people to fill seasonal jobs from May through September. These jobs include:

  • LIFEGUARDS (No experience necessary-we train and obtain USLA Certification)
  • GENERAL MAINTENANCE - Clear an area of trash, litter and debris, maintain grounds, buildings and/or piers and operate mowing equipment. Operation of power tools and equipment as permitted by the New Jersey Child Labor regulations NJAC 12:58.
  • SEASONAL VISITOR SERVICE - Provide accurate information to visitors at various facilities throughout an area, report emergencies and direct traffic. Perform visual inspections of area facilities and grounds.
  • SEASONAL NATURAL OR HISTORIC EDUCATOR - Conduct nature and/or historic tours. Assist in the preparation of public information materials, displays and programs. May demonstrate, perform and interpret craftwork under supervision.
  • OFFICE WORKER - Greet visitors, provide public information, collect fees, issue permits and passes, operate office equipment, type, file and perform billing and payroll functions as needed.

The application process is closed for the 2014 Season.

2014 Seasonal Employee Manual (PDF file)

No experience is necessary. Salaries range from $8.25 - $10.50 per hour. The minimum age for most positions is 16 years old.

For further information on employment with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/jobs/.

Lifeguard Testing Information
   

Spend the summer enjoying the warmth of the sun and the wonderful landscapes of New Jersey's state parks, forests and recreation areas, while you enhance your resume in this admirable public service. Learn valuable life skills such as responding to emergency situations and administering first aid, CPR, AEDs and oxygen.

Starting salary is $8.25 per hour. No previous experience is required. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older. Applicants under 18 years of age must have an official State Park Service permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian to participate in lifeguard testing.

Lifeguard Information Packet

PDF Files

2014 Lifeguard Administration Manual
2014 Lake Manual
2014 Ocean Manual

LIFEGUARD EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE ANTICIPATED AT THE FOLLOWING AREAS:   

Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest    609-268-0444   
Bass River State Forest    609-296-1114   
Belleplain State Forest    609-861-2404   
Cheesequake State Park    732-566-2161   
High Point State Park    973-875-4800   
Hopatcong State Park    973-398-7010   
Island Beach State Park    732-793-0506   
Parvin State Park    856-358-8616   
Ringwood State Park     973-962-7031   
Round Valley Recreation Area     908-236-6355   
Spruce Run Recreation Area    908-638-8572   
Stokes State Forest    973-948-3820   
Swartswood State Park    973-383-5230   
Wawayanda State Park    973-853-4462   

SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center
1735 Simpson Ave.
Ocean City, New Jersey

Saturday, May 3, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center
1735 Simpson Ave.
Ocean City, New Jersey

Directions to Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center:

From North:  Garden State Parkway South to Exit 30; follow signs into Ocean City (about 4 miles); first light after bridge Bay Avenue turn right; proceed to 18th Street turn left; 1 block to Simpson Avenue, Aquatic Center on left.

From South:  Garden State Parkway North to Exit 25; turn right on Route 623 East OR Route 9 North to Route 623 East; proceed 2 miles to first light after bridge Bay Avenue turn left; proceed to 18th Street turn right; 1 block to Simpson Avenue, Aquatic Center on left.

From West:  Route 49 to Tuckahoe; turn right on Route 50 South; approximately 2.5 miles to traffic light intersection Route 631 turn left on Route 631 to Marmora (6 miles); Cross Route 9 - road becomes 623 East; proceed 2 miles to first light after bridge Bay Avenue turn left; proceed to 18th Street turn right; 1 block to Simpson Avenue; Aquatic Center on left.

ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK

Sunday, April 27, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ocean County YMCA
1088 West Whitty Road
Toms River, New Jersey  08755

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ocean County YMCA
1088 West Whitty Road
Toms River, New Jersey  08755

Directions to Ocean County YMCA:

From the North:  Garden State Parkway Exit 88 to Route 70 West to New Hampshire Avenue South (Left turn is jughandle to the right).  Continue 2 1/2 miles on New Hampshire.  Turn right onto Whitty Road (just before GSP overpass).  The YMCA will be on the right, just past the cemetery. 
Alternate:  On Route 70 West, if you miss New Hampshire, continue to US Route 9 South.  Continue 3 miles to Whitty Road.  Turn left onto Whitty Road and the YMCA will be 1/4 of a mile on left.

From the South:  Garden State Parkway to Exist 83 (US Route 9 North).  Continue
north and Whitty Road will be the second traffic light.  Turn right onto Whitty
Road and the YMCA will be 1/4 mile on the left.

From the West:  Route 70 East to Route 571.  At the US Route 9 intersection, turn left (north).  At the first traffic light, turn right onto Whitty Road.  The YMCA will be 1/4 mile on the left.

CENTRAL NEW JERSEY:

Saturday, April 19, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
(Swim Test)

Somerset Valley YMCA @ Raritan Valley Community College
Rt. 28 and Lamington Rd.
North Branch, New Jersey

Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
(Swim Test)

Somerset Valley YMCA @ Raritan Valley Community College
Rt. 28 and Lamington Rd.
North Branch, New Jersey

Saturday, May 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
(Swim Test & Mandatory Training)

Somerset Valley YMCA @ Raritan Valley Community College
Rt. 28 and Lamington Rd.
North Branch, New Jersey

Saturday, May 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Swim Test & Mandatory Training)

Somerset Valley YMCA @ Raritan Valley Community College
Rt. 28 and Lamington Rd.
North Branch, New Jersey

Directions to Raritan Valley Community College:

Located 4 miles west of Somerville on Route 28.  Interstate 287 to Route 78 West to Exit 26.  Turn left onto Lamington Road.  Proceed approximately 2 miles.  College entrance will be on the left.  Follow signs to parking lot #1.  Pool is located in Physical Education building.

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY:

Sunday, April 6, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ramapo College Pool
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430

Sunday, April 27, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ramapo College Pool
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430

Sunday, May 4, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Kittatinny Regional High School
77 Halsey Road
County Route 626
Newton, New Jersey

Saturday, May 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kittatinny Regional High School
77 Halsey Road
County Route 626
Newton, New Jersey

Directions to Ramapo College:

Take Route 287 North to exit 58 (Route 202/Oakland). Turn left at the light at the end of the exit ramp and left again onto Route 202 North. Continue on Route 202 North through the next two traffic lights and go approximately five miles to the next traffic light. Campus entrance is on right.  Pool is located in the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center.

Directions to Kittatinny High School:

The school is located ½ mile east of County Route 627 on Halsey Myrtle Grove Road (County Route 626) or one mile northwest of County Route 519 on Route 626.  County Route 626 intersects State Route 206 North of Newton, New Jersey.

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