Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services


Squantz Pond State Park

Recruitment #200806-4315VR-002


The beautiful, gently sloping, soft sandy beach, picnic areas, train watching, diverse trail systems and salt marsh viewing platforms make the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) parks ideal for families. Try crabbing or fishing.  Look for ospreys, cranes, and herons or other waterfowl.  CT State Parks provide something for all members of the family.

DEEP, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, State Parks Division, Lifeguard Program, Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield, CT. Squantz Pond immerses the visitor in a "mountain like" setting. Steep, wooded slopes disappear into the cool, blue pond below. In the fall, the park becomes a haven for photographers capturing the colorful reflection of the foliage in the mirrored surface of the water. In 1926 Squantz Pond was established as a state park.

Must be at least 16 years old.  Must have a current certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding with the Waterfront Module, or must be able to pass the course.

Work Location: Outside at designated swimming areas at Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield, CT.

Hours of work: are 10 am to 6 pm, typically five days per week for a total of 40 hours. Weekends and holidays are mandatory.  

Pay rate is: $12.00 -$14.00 per hr depending on relevant experience. No benefits. 

Length of positions:  December 2020

Any inquiries regarding the status of your application for this position must be made directly to Sarah Battistini  (860) 418-5958. 

Selection Plan

These positions are non-competitive. Open to the public.

Selected candidates must be fluent in English and be at least 16 years old. 

Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and members of the public.

Selected candidates will demonstrate competence in basic life-saving techniques.

Selected candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to swim while carrying an adult to safety.


In the State of Connecticut this class is accountable for performing a full range of lifeguard services at swimming areas operated by state agencies.


Acts as primary visitor contact, interacting with the public to assist them in the safe and orderly enjoyment of the Park.  Monitors activities in swimming areas to prevent accidents and provide assistance to swimmers at State of Connecticut State Park Waterfronts; cautions swimmers regarding unsafe areas; maintains order in swimming areas; rescues swimmers in danger of drowning and administers first aid and/or cardiopulmonary resuscitation as required; instructs patrons in water safety; participates in physical and rescue skills training; performs general maintenance tasks, including beach cleaning, as assigned; performs related duties as required.


Applicants must demonstrate competence in basic life-saving techniques. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to swim while carrying an adult to safety.


All candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:

Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. The head must remain above the surface of the water.

Complete the ‘brick’ timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. (The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.) Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. (Candidates should not swim the distance under water.) Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Complete the ‘underwater swim’ event by swimming an accumulation of 15 yards underwater, in a single breath, picking up three dive rings.

Demonstrate proficiency in skill: Rescuing a Passive Victim with a Rescue Board at a waterfront setting. Candidate will have 2 attempts.

Must be able to demonstrate proper CPR for a victim on dry land vs. a victim pulled from the water (for those candidate who already possess a current lifeguard certification only).

Attend all class sessions of the lifeguarding course (if not already certified).

Swim 550 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. This is to be completed in 10 minutes or less.

Candidates must be able to run from to the tower/ chair, into the water, and then swim to the far corner of the back swim line in 30 seconds or less. 

Complete a 0.25 mile run in 2 minutes and 30 seconds or less.

Must be able to retrieve a passive victim from the bottom of the shallow end and surface with the victim face up. Candidate will have 2 attempts.

Must be able to jump off and then climb back into a rescue kayak without flipping the kayak. Candidate will have 2 attempts.  


1. Incumbents in this class must possess Certification in the following ; Life-saving from a national accredited organization ( i.e. American Red Cross, YMCA, Ellis & Associates, etc. ), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for the professional rescuer, and first aid. All certifications must be valid from the beginning to end of working period.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.