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Each year, between May and September, the New Jersey State Park Service hires approximately 600 people to fill peak-season jobs at New Jersey’s parks, forests, recreation areas and historic sites.

In 2020 we are looking to fill the following positions:

Lifeguards | General Maintenance | Trail Steward | Seasonal Visitor Service | Seasonal Natural or Historic Educator | Office Worker

No experience is necessary. Salaries start at $11.00 per hour. The minimum age for most positions is 16 years old.

2020 Seasonal Application - (PDF file) File Size: 187 KB

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

Lifeguards

Lifeguard positions are anticipated at 14 swimming areas across the state. Salaries for lifeguards begin at $12 per hour in most areas, oceanfront guards at Island Beach State Park start at $13 per hour.
While candidates must pass running and swim tests prior to employment, prior experience is not necessary. The State Park Service will train lifeguards in cardiopulmonary resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillators, first aid and other medical matters. Each lifeguard will also receive a U.S. Lifesaving Association certification. State swimming areas open Saturday, May 23.

Starting salary: $12 per hour

Qualifications:

  • 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.

Application Process:

  • Step 1: Print and fill out our 2020 Seasonal Application - (PDF file) File Size: 879 KB.
  • Step 2: Submit your completed application to your preferred park.
  • Step 3: Attend a lifeguard testing session. Testing dates can be found here
    Walk-ins are allowed with a completed lifeguard application form. More detailed information about the Lifeguard employment test including and a permission slip for applicants under 18 can be found here: Lifeguard Information Packet - (PDF file) File Size: 218 KB

Manuals and More Information:

Lifeguard employment opportunities are anticipated at the following areas, please contact your respecitive park for further information.

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

Test Dates:

Be sure to check the Lifeguard Information Packet for specific testing requirements.

Lifeguard testing dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check Facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks for updates. 


General Maintenance

General maintenance helps to maintain grounds and buildings and remove litter.

Starting salary: $11 per hour

2020 Seasonal Application - (PDF file) File Size: 187 KB
Trail Steward

Trail Steward positions are available in D & R Canal State Park, Liberty State Park, Ringwood State Park, Wawayanda State Park and Worthington State Forest. This position requires applicants to be 18 years of age or older and able to hike strenuous distances daily. Applicants should be assertive and professional as they will handle intense crowds and educate visitors on the Leave No Trace concept and park regulations. Trail stewards must be able to work 40 hours a week, on shifts from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or noon to 8:30 p.m.

Starting salary: $14 per hour

2020 Seasonal Application - (PDF file) File Size: 187 KB
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.

Starting salary: $11 per hour

2020 Seasonal Application - (PDF file) File Size: 187 KB
State Park Police Visitor Service

State Park Police visitor service assistants patrol assigned areas, direct both pedestrians and vehicular traffic, and takes appropriate action to report unlawful acts to appropriate State Park Police personnel. Other duties may be required as under State Park Police supervision. Applicants must be 18 years of age and able to work weekends and holidays. The number of positions vary park to park based on the type of recreation at each location. Salaries start at $11 per hour for most positions, however, can be increased based on experience.

2020 Seasonal Application - (PDF file) File Size: 187 KB

Email Application to StateParkPolice@dep.nj.gov
Naturalists and Historic Educators

Naturalists and historic educators work with park naturalists and historians at interpretive centers to educate visitors. Typical activities include leading or assisting with programs, demonstrating or explaining a craft, and preparing materials. These positions may also be assigned specific projects by their supervisor.

Starting salary: $11 per hour

2020 Seasonal Application - (PDF file) File Size: 187 KB
Office Workers

Office workers and visitor service assistants help register campers, answer phone calls, provide recordkeeping, handle sales transactions, and do other customer service duties as required.

Starting salary: $11 per hour

2020 Seasonal Application - (PDF file) File Size: 187 KB

Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
James Douglas of the State Park Service.

 

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