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Recruitment #230111-4315VR-001


Want a summer job for your active lifestyle? Stay fit working with us as a Lifeguard for the 2023 season!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is recruiting for Lifeguards at State Parks across Connecticut. 

Position Highlights
  • Pay: $19.00 - $21.00/ hour. No benefits.
  • DEEP will provide all training required to work as a lifeguard at the State Park beaches. Training time is paid!
  • Duration: Memorial Day Weekend (May 29th) through Labor Day (September 4th).
  • Schedule: Lifeguards work daily shifts from 10AM - 6PM, five days a week. Most weekends and July 4th, are mandatory. 
Opportunities are available at the following State Parks:
The DEEP State Parks & Public Outreach Division is responsible for managing the outdoor recreation opportunities at parks and forests across CT. The Division has proudly staffed lifeguards at many beaches across the state for over a century. The CT State Park Lifeguards are an elite squad of highly trained professionals that have kept millions of swimmers safe.

Working with us will enhance your teamwork, communication, and leadership skills-perfect for any professional resume or college application.

Being a state park lifeguard is unlike any job you'll ever have, with high stakes and real-world experience. All of our guards are trained and guided by qualified professionals. Lifeguards work as a team and many form lasting friendships. Do something that matters with your summer job-protect people at the beach!


Selection Plan

Applicants are required to:
  • Be at least 16 years old and present proof of age. 
  • Be able to pass training prerequisite skills and state issued certifications. 
  • Be fluent in English. 
  • Provide copies of any relevant certifications (CPR, first aid, lifeguard, EMR/EMT) if possessed. 
  • Note: A pre-employment physical may be required of all applicants.
Applicants must be able to successfully complete the training prerequisite skills to work as a state park lifeguard before they can take the state issued training. All applicants will have two attempts to successfully complete the following skills:
  • 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 swim is to be completed in 10 minutes or less.
  • 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.
  • Complete a 50-yard swim in 45 seconds or less. Distance to back of surveillance zone at shore
  • Demonstrate a surface dive and recovery of a minimum 150-pound victim from a depth of at least ten feet of water.
  • Complete a 0.25 mile run in 2 minutes or less. Max distance from shack to guarded zone
  • Complete a 1 mile run in 10 minutes or less. Distance of shoreline to clear patrons
  • Jump off and then climb back into a rescue kayak without flipping the kayak. Kayaks used for in water surveillance zone
  • Sprint 50 yards, swim 25 yards and retrieve a floating object back to shore in 2 minutes or less. Immediately perform continuous 2 minutes of effective CPR (if certified) or continuous chest compressions (if not CPR certified). Half the distance between the towers, to someone halfway to the back of the surveillance zone
  • Move a 165-pound object/person a distance of 25 yards. Distance from low tide mark to tower, weight of an average adult
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

For technical support regarding the filing of your application, please contact Mackenzie Robinson at

For position-specific questions, please contact


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; 
  • Lifts persons with disabilities as required; 
  • May give swimming instructions; 
  • May work with persons with disabilities;  
  • May perform park maintenance tasks; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


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


  • Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain 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;
    • first aid.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
NOTE: At the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, incumbents in this class are not required to possess the above-mentioned certification at the time of hire. Incumbents will be provided national accredited training and certification prior to serving in this function.



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