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Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation

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

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.

Interested candidates should identify the facility they would like to work at, an contact the Regional Officer tasked with hiring. For general employment inquiries, call 518-457-2500, or email

Lifeguard Positions

Campground Lifeguard Employment Opportunities poster

The current hourly rate for a NYS Lifeguard 1 is $20.00.

Qualifications for employment are:

  1. Minimum age is 15.
  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 Lifeguarding and Waterfront Skills Certification (or the equivalent). Candidates should also possess 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. DEC Lifeguards will be required to pass a NYS qualifying procedure before employment begins, list of qualifying procedure test dates and location is below. Pre-register online.
  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.

2023 Lifeguard Qualifier Dates and Locations

2023 Lifeguard Qualifier Dates and Locations
Date Time Location Address City
Sat. February 25th 9am Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
Mon. April 10th 9am Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Sat. April 29th 9am Moriah Central School 39 Viking Lane Port Henry
Fri. May 26th 4pm Catskill Recreation Center
(DEC candidates only)
651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Sat. June 3rd 9am Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Sat. June 24th 9am Moriah Central School 39 Viking Lane Port Henry

Pre-registration for the above, is required. Applicants can do so, online or via phone 518-457-2500x1

Before orientation, the following forms must be submitted to the NYSDEC Summer Recreation office in Albany (address below):

  • Certifications valid through Fall of 2023 ( Lifeguarding and Waterfront Skills, BLS or CPR-FPR/AED & First Aid)
  • Lifeguard Candidate Inquiry Form (PDF)
  • Medical Packet for Lifeguards
  • HBV Declination form

For more information contact:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Summer Recreation
Third Floor
625 Broadway
Albany, N.Y. 12233-5253
or call 518-457-2500 x1

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 Jerry Lucia 518-863-4545 x3013 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 VanHeusen 518-623-1200 232 Golf Course Rd., Warrensburg, NY 12885
Reg. 5 Crown Point Jamie Laubach 518-597-3257 738 Bridge St., Crown Point, NY 12928
Reg. 5 Ray Brook Andrea Dukett 518-897-1310 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