Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services


Camp Harkness

Recruitment #220412-4315VR-001


Are you a certified lifeguard looking for a summer job for your active lifestyle? 
If so, we invite you to apply!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is a state agency that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their Families. We are seeking individuals who are looking to make a difference!

We are currently recruiting for four (4) Lifeguards, these seasonal/summer positions will work 40 hours per week on first shift at Camp Harkness in Waterford, CT. These positions are responsible for providing necessary support and assistance to the Camp Director in the overall operation and program activities at Camp Harkness.

As a lifeguard you will monitor activities in swimming and boating areas to prevent accidents and provide assistance to campers and staff engaged in aquatic activities. Lifeguards will work under the general direction of the Camp, Waterfront, and Boating Directors. 

Camp Harkness is located in Southeastern Connecticut on the shores of Long Island Sound. The 102-acre property in Waterford CT is comprised of open and wooded land and includes tidal marsh and beachfront. Facilities at Camp Harkness include year-round and seasonal cabins, year-round cottages, seasonal tent sites, barnyard animals, picnic pavilions & grills, accessible playscape, scenic walkway and overlook, bathhouse, beach with seasonal boardwalk, gardens, dining hall, lodge, and infirmary. Camp Harkness is owned by the State of Connecticut and managed by the Department of Developmental Services.

  • Starting pay will be $13 to $17 per hour, depending upon educations and relevant experience. As seasonal positions, these are not benefit eligible
  • Duration: These camp season is May 20, 2022 to November 3, 2022
  • Location: Camp Harkness in Waterford, CT 
The schedules are as follows:
  • Schedule One: Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Schedule Two: Friday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Schedule Three: Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Schedule Four: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
These are seasonal opportunities, therefore permanent DDS employees will not be considered for these positions. 

Selection Plan

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

  • Must be at least 18 years old as of May 20, 2022
  • Must be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. Certification must be in the American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross CPR/AED for Lifeguards or American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider
  • Must possess certification in the following: Lifesaving from a national accredited organization (i.e. American Red Cross, YMCA, Ellis & Associates, etc.)
  • Must possess and retain a valid motor vehicle license 
  • All certifications must be valid from the beginning to the end of the working period
  • Must be available to work for the full season and must complete all required DDS training
  • Must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods), work well with other staff and campers and be able to lift and transfer equipment, boats and individuals.
  • Will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam.
At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, DDS EEO Employment Specialist 2 860-418-6143 or

If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn Raymond,

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to


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


Monitors activities in swimming areas to prevent accidents and provide assistance to swimmers at State of Connecticut beaches, pools, lakes, institutions and hospitals; 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 clients in water safety; may give swimming instructions; may work with persons with mental retardation and/or other disabilities; lifts persons with disabilities as required; may perform park maintenance tasks; 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.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following experience:
  • Lifeguarding
  • Working with or volunteering with children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, autism or physical disabilities
  • Working or volunteering in camp or other recreational settings


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.