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Seasonal Lifeguard

71 Vacancies Available

Recruitment #20-002292-0002


Seasonal Contractual

71 vacancies; up to 40 hours per week

Contract Period: Flexible and subject to change but not to exceed ten (10) months


Assateague State Park (ocean) Berlin, MD (Worcester County)

Cunningham Falls State Park (lake) Thurmont, MD (Frederick County)

Dan’s Mountain State Park (pool) Lonaconing, MD (Allegany County)             

Deep Creek Lake State Park (lake) Swanton, MD (Garrett County)             

Greenbrier State Park (lake) Boonsboro, MD (Frederick County)             

Gunpowder Falls State Park (river) Kingsville, MD (Baltimore County)              

New Germany State Park (lake) Grantsville, MD (Garrett County)             

Pocomoke River State Park (pool) Snow Hill, MD (Worcester County)             

Point Lookout State Park (Bay) Scotland, MD (St. Mary’s County)             

Rocky Gap State Park (lake) Flintstone, MD (Allegany County)             

Sandy Point State Park (Bay) Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Please note: You must select the park(s) of preference on the supplemental questionnaire.

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Park Service, is currently accepting applications for multiple Lifeguard positions at State Parks across Maryland. These may include guarding swimming beaches or pools. Lifeguards perform public safety work and are responsible for protecting human life and maintaining order. The selected candidates will patrol and survey swimming areas to prevent swimmers from endangering themselves and/or others. Daily tasks include but are not limited to the following: trains daily to maintain physical standards and rescue skills, staff the Lifeguard and first aid stations, respond to beach/pool area emergencies, enforce beach/pool rules, submit daily beach/pool reports, ensure ready status of rescue equipment, may assist and rescue capsized boaters where applicable, provide information to visitors, advises the general public of park rules and regulations, and other duties as assigned. Lifeguards perform rescue work, promptly render CPR or emergency first aid, promptly report safety hazards to supervisors, and assist in maintaining routine documents or incident reports. The positions may also involve related maintenance and custodial duties, such as the cleanliness of the buildings and grounds at the pool/beach areas. Pool lifeguards are responsible for vacuuming, skimming and routine pool maintenance, and may operate water pumps and control chemical additives to ensure specified water standards.

Applicants must be able to, and be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. The shift hours for this position may vary from park to park. Weekly hours will vary seasonally. Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as scheduled.


Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Education: None.

Experience: None.

Notes: Successful applicants must pass a swim test and written lifeguarding test. Applicants must have the ability to understand verbal and written instructions. Applicants must adhere to all State and Federal laws, safety regulations, and must understand and adhere to all park policies. Applicant must present a neat and clean appearance and wear issued uniform correctly. 


Current certification as a Lifeguard from an approved agency (such as American Red Cross or YMCA).

Current certification in basic first aid or higher from an approved agency.

Current certification in AED, and adult, infant, and child CPR from an approved agency.


Successful applicants must pass a swim test and written lifeguard test


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment, and report all experience and education related to this position. Verifiable volunteer experience will be considered; please include it on your application, if applicable. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who works an average of at least 12 hours per week. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


The online application is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources Human Resources 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Kyle Thompson at . 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.