(DDS - All Locations)

Recruitment #240201-4315VR-024


Are you looking for a summer position that involves providing service to others? Gain valuable experience for careers in human & social services, health care, education, and more!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS), is recruiting for anticipated Lifeguard positions across Connecticut for our summer programs. 

As a Lifeguard you will oversee outdoor swimming and recreational water activities which allows individuals the opportunity to participate in therapeutic and recreational swimming. 

The mission of DDS is to partner with the individuals we support and their families, to support lifelong planning and to join with others to create and promote meaningful opportunities for individuals to fully participate as valued members of their communities.

Position Highlights
  • Pay: $21.00/ hour. No benefits.
  • The work assignments will vary. More information will be provided later in the recruitment. 
Opportunities are available at the following locations:
  • Camp Harkness, Waterford, CT - 5/17/24 - 9/5/24
  • Camp Quinebaug, Killingly, CT - 5/31/24-8/3/24
  • Lower Fairfield County Regional Center, Norwalk, CT - 6/1/24-8/31/24
  • Southbury Training School, Southbury, CT - 5/2/24-10/31/24
What the average day looks like:
  • Signing in at office.
  • Setting up the swim area.
  • Scanning the swim area.
  • Helping patrons.
  • Closing the swim area.
  • Signing out at the office.
What we can offer you:
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'ForbesState of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • The State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees.
Apply Today if You
  • Will be at least 18 years old by the start of the season.     
  • Are or will be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid by position start date * Must be able to perform emergency first aid as needed.
  • Possess certification in the following: Lifesaving from a national accredited organization (i.e. American Red Cross, YMCA, Ellis & Associates, etc.). *All certifications must be valid from the beginning to the end of the working period. 
  • Are able to work for the full season including completion of all required DDS training.
  • Possess and can maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and campers. Must be able to lift and transfer equipment, boats and individuals. *Incumbents must successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam.
Join the DDS Lifeguard team to serve the citizens of Connecticut and gain professional growth and development!
Apply to this recruitment if you are interested in a Lifeguard position at any of the three locations. 
You will specify your location preference during the application process. 

Selection Plan

  • On your application, please select the location(s) you are interested in:
  • Please select all shift(s), and employment status(es) (Full-time, Part-time, etc.) in which you are willing to work on your application. Failure to indicate the location(s), shift(s), and employment status(es) may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location, shift, and/or employment status.
  • These are seasonal positions and DDS permanent employees will not be considered for these positions.  
  • Please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page or view our tutorial. 

  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Tommy Wilson, DDS EEO 1 at (860) 418-6148 or 
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Note:  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.  
  • Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Liz Pinette at
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 
  • 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 
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.


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.


  • Lifeguarding experience.
  • Experience working or volunteering with people with disabilities.
  • Experience working in a camp, park, or other recreational setting.


  • 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.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.