Lifeguard Supervisor

All Park Locations

Recruitment #230111-4316VR-001


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

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

Position Highlights
  • Pay: $21.00 - $23.00/ hour. No benefits.
  • DEEP will provide all training required to work 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.

We want a leader who is professional, respectful, and motivated. 

Being a state 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 18 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 Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor and assisting in the management of lifeguard operations as well as performing a full range of lifeguard services at swimming areas operated by the state agency.


Acts as the working supervisor and assists in managing the operation of the guarded designated swim area at the State Park; performs basic lifeguarding duties; leads the day to day activities of a lifeguard squad; coordinates lifeguard shifts; leads training activities; participates in the proper caring for and maintenance of equipment; provides daily updates to the supervisor and park management on issues and activities; performs related duties as required.


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


Two (2) years of paid lifeguard experience or previous lifeguard supervisory experience. 


  1. Must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Must have a current certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding with the Waterfront Module. Applicants without the Waterfront Module will still be accepted contingent on passing the pre-requisites for that course.
  3. Experience as a lifeguard or experience in a supervisory role over others is required for this position.



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