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For Release: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Employment Opportunities Available in Summer Recreation

DEC Announces 2018 Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures

Applications are now being accepted for seasonal lifeguard employment with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). New Yorkers that love the outdoors and are looking for summer employment are invited to participate in free lifeguard qualifying procedures.

"New York State's beautiful Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves provide outstanding opportunities for summer employment for outdoor enthusiasts," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "I encourage anyone with a passion for the outdoors and an interest in working at one of DEC's campgrounds to consider this year's qualifying procedures in Lifesaving and CPR skills."

Seasonal lifeguard positions are available at DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $13.27. Additionally, most facilities offer free housing.

Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register for DEC's qualifying procedures, offered through June 30, 2018. Candidates who qualify will be considered for employment. The procedure includes an in-water demonstration of lifesaving techniques and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) performance. Candidates may attend the DEC qualifying location convenient to them, and the results will be forwarded to their preferred work location.

At the time of employment, DEC lifeguards must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Possess a valid certification in Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, and First Aid (if not included in the lifeguard training course);
  • Have successfully completed the DEC lifeguard qualifying procedure;
  • Have completed a personal interview with DEC;
  • Have attended a DEC lifeguard orientation;
  • Submit a current certification of the candidate's physical ability to perform lifeguard duties; and
  • Meet the vision requirement of 20/70 uncorrected in both eyes and be correctable to the 20/40 standard. Candidates tested at a vision level below 20/40 in either one or both eyes must correct to a minimum of 20/40 with 20/20 preferred.

Qualifying procedures will begin on time and late arrivals will not be accepted. Candidates will be given a 15-minute warm-up period to become familiar with the pool and equipment. Candidates must bring photo identification, current certifications (if available), and their own CPR mask.

Date Time Location Address City
April 15th
2:00pm Moriah Central School 39 Viking Lane Port Henry
April 21st
9:00am Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
April 29th
9:00am SUNY Delhi(Kunsela Hall) 2 Main Street Delhi
May 5th
9:00am South Lewis Central School 4264 East Road Turin
May 19th
9:00am Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
June 2nd
9:00am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
June 10th
9:00am Paul Smiths College(Saunders Sports Complex) Route 30 Saranac Lake
June 30th
4:00pm Catskill Recreation Center(DEC candidates only) 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville

DEC reserves the right to cancel.

Certification courses may be available through DEC. For more information, updates, or to pre-register, call 518-457-2500 ext. #1, e-mail DEC at, or visit the Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation web page on DEC's website.

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