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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

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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FOR 2021 SEASON - DEC Lifeguards may be required to pass a NYS qualifying procedure before employment begins, however, no qualifying procedure test dates or locations have been currently scheduled. Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, employment requirements may change.

The current hourly rate is $14.37.

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. DEC Lifeguards may be required to pass a NYS qualifying procedure before employment begins, however, no qualifying procedure test dates or location have been currently scheduled.
  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.

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

  • Certifications or extension valid through Fall of 2021 (Waterfront Lifeguarding, 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
Email: info.lifeguard@dec.ny.gov
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 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