DEEP: Lifeguard Program

Connecticut State Parks - Lifeguard Program

{Indian Well State Park}
{Conducting foot patrol survelliance at Sherwood Island.}
{Lifeguard set up on tower at Hammonassett.}
{Lifeguard Program}
{Mock rescue at Sherwood Island}
{Lifeguards practicing CPR in a mock rescue drill.}
{Lifeguard using the rescue board to make a mock rescue.}
{Guards working together to lift mock rescue victim.}
{Mock Rescue at Rocky Neck}
{Lifeguard Program}
{Lifeguards practicing a water rescue using a training mannequin.}
{Deep water backboarding drill.}
{Bringing a mock rescue victim to shore on the backboard.}
{vertical line} Type of Work
Lifeguards for the State Parks conduct surveillance of certain designated swimming areas, administer first aid, and perform beach-related maintenance work.
Work Schedule
In general, certain designated swimming areas are guarded from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. All lifeguards are expected to work weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, typically 40 hours per week. This schedule is subject to change based on the adopted state budget.
The Program
Throughout the summer, lifeguards receive continuous inservice training which includes daily physical training and weekly technical life-saving training in accordance with American Red Cross standards. 
Public Relations and Appearance
Our lifeguards represent not only the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, but also the State of Connecticut to several million visitors each season. Good public relations are a vital part of this job. Lifeguards are expected be professional at all times when on duty.

Training and Qualification

Current certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding is required for hire as a lifeguard for the State Parks. In addition, applicants must either have current certification in the "Waterfront Skills module" or successfully complete the prerequisites for this module at a pre-season training session. Details on pre-season training will be given when your application is accepted. 
For more information on the Red Cross certification process and to find local classes, please check their website:

State Parks that Hire Lifeguards

{Map of state parks that hire lifeguards}
 Park Name
Links to Contact Information
Black Rock State Park  Watertown 
Hammonasset Beach State Park  Madison 
 Rocky Neck State Park East Lyme 
Sherwood Island State Park  Westport 
 Silver Sands State Park  Milford 
Squantz Pond State Park New Fairfield 

Interested in applying for a State Parks lifeguard position? Then complete the Seasonal Employment Application (Word Form or PDF), and send it directly to the park manager of the park(s) where you would like to work.

If you have additional questions, contact Sarah Battistini (Lifeguard Instructor) at:

 Content Last Updated July 12, 2017