DEEP: Lifeguard Program

Connecticut State Parks - Lifeguard Program

What We Do
State Parks Lifeguards conduct surveillance of certain designated swimming areas, administer first aid and emergency care as needed, and perform beach-related maintenance work.
In general, lifeguards are on duty daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Lifeguards typically work 40 hours per week, and are expected to work weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Lifeguards receive continuous inservice training which includes both physical conditioning and technical skills review.
How Do I Join a State Park Lifeguard Squad?   
Follow these 3 steps:
1. Get Training
Take a Red Cross Lifeguarding class at your local YMCA or Parks and Rec Department. If they offer the "Waterfront Skills module", take that too.  If they don't offer the module, apply anyway - we will train you on it! 
Find a class or visit for additional listings. You must be 15 years old and you can not miss any of the days.
2. Decide Where You Want to Work
{Map of state parks that hire lifeguards}

3.  Apply to be a State Park Lifeguard

  • Visit the CT Online Employment Center to Register and set up a Master Application.
  • Review and apply for current lifeguard positions at DEEP.  (The link will display all available seasonal positions.)
  • Sign up to receive email notification about future job openings by filling out an Interest Card.   Check the boxes for Environmental Protection and Outdoor Recreation when signing up.  You will need to renew your Interest Card selections annually.

Content Last Updated December 2017