Applications are now being accepted for seasonal lifeguard employment with the New State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
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.
Scheduled qualifying procedures:
Sunday, April 15th, 2 pm at the Moriah Central School, 39 Viking Lane, Port Henry.
Saturday, April 21st, 9 am, at the Gloversville Middle School, 234 Lincoln Street, Gloversville.
Sunday, April 29th, 9 am, at SUNY Delhi (Kunsela Hall), 2 Main Street, Delhi.
Saturday, May 5th, 9 am, at the South Lewis Central School, 4264 East Road, Turin.
Saturday, May 19th, 9 am, at the Queensbury Elementary School, 431 Aviation Road, Queensbury.
Saturday, June 2nd, 9 am, at the Lynch Literacy Academy, 55 Brandt Place, Amsterdam.
Sunday, June 10th, 9 am, at Paul Smiths College (Saunders Sports Complex), Route 30, Saranac Lake.
Saturday, June 30th, 4 pm, at the Catskill Recreation Center (DEC candidates only), 651 County Hwy 38, Arkville.
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 [email protected], or visit the Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation web page on DEC’s website.