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Summer lifeguards at Island Beach State Park. (Photo: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection).

State has hundreds of good-paying summer jobs available

By David Wildstein, March 07 2022 9:59 am

For New Jerseyans looking for mostly-outdoor summer jobs, the Department of Environmental Protection is hiring.

Hundreds of seasonal jobs and year-round part time positions are available, including lifeguard jobs at Island Beach State Park and other state parks with water facilities.  Salaries begin at $17.50 per hour and $16 per hour for junior lifeguards ages 16 and up.  Aquatics supervisor positions paying $27 per hour and up are also available.

The state plans to train lifeguards in  cardiopulmonary resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator use, first aid and other medical services.

Visitor office staff jobs at $15 per hour across the state are also available.  So Are maintenance jobs.

“A summer job with the State Park Service gives our seasonal team members the benefit of enjoying New Jersey’s incredible natural and historic resources while developing useful skills that will last a lifetime,” said Shawn LaTourette, the commissioner of the New Jersey DEP.  “We are looking for a rich diversity of seasonal employees who will take on the very important roles of being ambassadors to our parks for our millions of visitors from across the state and beyond.”

The state is also looking trail steward at the Wawayanda State Park in Passaic and Sussex counties and Wharton State Forest in Burlington.  The positions start at $15 per hour.

The state Division of Parks and Forestry runs over 50 state parks, forests, recreational areas, historic sites and marinas.  “A seasonal job with the State Park Service can launch the career you never considered,” said John Cecil, Assistant Commissioner for Parks, Forests and Historic Sites.   “Many State Park Service staff, now in leadership roles, started in a seasonal position with the Park Service, whether maintenance, lifeguarding, natural and historic educators, or meeting and greeting the public in State Park Police or visitor service role. These are amazing opportunities to build your skills, serve the public and get outside.”

More information about applying for summer jobs can be obtained at: https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/jobs.html

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