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Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation

New for 2020: You can now pre-register for Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures online! Pre-registration is required, but only takes a few minutes. Sign up today! (leaves DEC website)

Campground Seasonal Employment

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Would you like to work in New York State's beautiful Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves this summer?

Jobs will typically start the last part of May and run through Labor Day or Columbus Day.

Summer Recreation operates 52 public campgrounds and 5 day use areas throughout the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. Over 600 seasonal employees are employed to provide varied services throughout the summer season.

Most Common Titles

Conservation Recreation Facilities Supervisor (CRFS) Series - Employees in this position are tasked with the daily operations of the campground and day use areas. Facility Supervisors are required to live on site while the facility is open.

  • CRFS 1 - One year experience in maintenance, construction, landscaping, or in business operations.* At least 6 months of which must be at the supervisory level. Must be at least 18 years of age and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • CRFS 2 - Two years of experience in maintenance, construction, landscaping, or in business operations.* At least one year of which must be at the supervisory level. Must be at least 18 years of age and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • CRFS 3 - Two years of supervisory experience in maintenance, construction, landscaping, or in business operations.* Must be at least 18 years of age and maintain a valid driver's license.

* Experience in business operations must include responsibilities dealing with the public, customer service and daily financial reporting and processing.

Park and Recreation Aide Series - Must be physically able to perform a variety of maintenance and/or clerical duties. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Preference may be given to candidates 18 years of age with a valid driver's license.

Conservation Security Worker (previously Conservation Park Ranger) - Must be in good physical condition. Must possess a motor vehicle operator's license and have completed either:

  • One year course at a ranger school or similar learning institution, in a park or natural resource management, law enforcement or similar curriculum; or
  • One season (6 months minimum) of recreation facility experience involving contact with the public or in the enforcement of laws, policies, rules and regulations; or
  • One year of working or interacting with the public in a recreational facility; or
  • One year of environmental experience in a remote wilderness setting; or
  • Have six months work experience in law enforcement, security services employment, military service or similar experience actively involved with public contact or in the enforcement of laws, policies, and rules and regulations; or
  • Have completed at least 15 college credit hours in criminal justice or similar course work.

Lifeguard Positions

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The current hourly rate is $14.66. Qualifications for employment are:

  1. Minimum age is 16.
  2. At the time of employment, all candidates must possess current certifications in American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer (or the equivalent) and the American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Certificate (or the equivalent). Also American Red Cross First Aid (or equivalent) if not included in lifeguard training course. All certifications must remain current through the entire operating season. Candidates may participate in the lifeguard qualifying procedure without the above certifications; however, they must be provided before employment begins.
  3. Candidates must successfully complete the lifeguard qualifying procedure of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) or the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).
  4. Prior to start of employment, each candidate will be required to submit a current New York State Department of Environmental Conservation "Medical Standards for Lifeguards" form with a physician's certification that the candidate is physically capable of performing lifeguard duties.
  5. As per the Agency standard, lifeguard candidates must meet the vision requirement of 20/70 uncorrected vision in both eyes and be correctable to the 20/40 standard.
  6. Pre-registration for all lifeguards taking the DEC qualifying procedure is required prior to the scheduled qualifying procedure. In the event of a qualifying procedure cancelation you will be notified. The contact number for pre-registration is 518-457-2500 ext. #1. You may also e-mail us

For more information and a schedule of testing dates and locations, contact:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Summer Recreation
Third Floor
625 Broadway
Albany, N.Y. 12233-5253
Email: info.lifeguard@dec.ny.gov
or call 518-457-2500 x1

2020 Lifeguard Qualifying Procedure Dates and Locations
Date Start Time Location Address City
Friday February 21st 4:00 p.m. Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday February 22nd 9:00 a.m. Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Saturday February 29th 1:00 p.m. Catskill Recreation Center (DEC candidates only) 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Saturday March 21st 9:00 a.m. Glens Falls High School 15 Quade Street Glens Falls
Sunday March 22nd 9:00 a.m.. Paul Smiths College (Saunders Sports Complex) Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday April 4th 9:00 a.m. Moriah Central School 39 Viking Lane Port Henry
Friday April 17th 4:00 p.m. Catskill Recreation Center (DEC candidates only) 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Saturday April 18th 9:00 a.m. Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Saturday April 25th 9:00 a.m. Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Sunday April 26th 9:00 a.m. Kingston High School 403 Broadway Kingston
Saturday May 2nd 9:00 a.m. South Lewis Central School 4264 East Road Turin
Saturday May 30th 9:00 a.m. Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
Saturday June 6th 9:00 a.m. Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday June 13th 2:00 p.m. Kingston High School 403 Broadway Kingston
Sunday June 14th 9:00 a.m. Paul Smiths College (Saunders Sports Complex) Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday June 20th 4:00 p.m. Catskill Recreation Center (DEC candidates only) 651 County Hwy38 Arkville

Pre-registering is required 518-457-2500 x1 or via email info.lifeguard@dec.ny.gov
Candidates must arrive at the specified start time. Qualifying procedure will begin on time. Late arrivals will not be accepted

We reserve the right to cancel qualifying procedures. In the event of a qualifying procedures cancelation we will do our best to notify you in a timely

DEC Regional Office Contacts and Addresses

DEC Regional Office Contacts and Addresses
Regional Office Contact Name Phone Number Mailing Address
Reg. 3 New Paltz Cindy Yaekel 845-256-3079 21 S. Putts Corners Rd., New Paltz NY 12561
Reg. 4 Stamford Lisa Jensen 607-652-2032 65561 State Highway 10, Suite 1, Stamford, NY 12167
Reg. 5 Northville Max Rulison 518-863-4545 x3015 PO Box 1316, Northville NY 12134
Reg. 5 Indian Lake Deb Rice 518-554-8056 PO Box 246, Indian Lake NY 12842
Reg. 5 Warrensburg June VanHeussen 518-623-1200 232 Gold Course Rd. Warrensburg NY 12885
Reg. 5 Ray Brook Brendan Hayes 518-897-1316 PO Box 296, Ray Brook NY 12977
Reg. 6 Herkimer Jeff Abrial 315-942-2211 x200 225 N. Main St., Herkimer NY 13350
Reg. 6 Potsdam Ron Jock 315-274-3347 6739 U.S. Highway 11, Potsdam NY 13676