New Jersey DEP opens up applications for summer jobs at state parks and beaches
All eyes are heading towards the summer months now that March is here, and many are tired of the winter weather and up and down temperatures.
If you're looking to be part of the action this summer, then now is the time.
The NJ-DEP and Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced on Monday that they are opening up applications to hundreds of jobs at state-run Parks, Forests, and Historic Sites.
There are now plenty of openings for various jobs at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Bass River State Forest, Belleplain State Forest, Bulls Island Recreation Area, Cape May Point State Park, Forked River State Marina, High Point State Park, Island Beach State Park, Liberty State Park, Parvin State Park, Ringwood State Park, Round Valley Recreation Area, Spruce Run Recreation Area, Stokes State Forest, and Twin Lights Historic Site & Washington Crossing State Park.
It's a good opportunity to make some money but also learn more about the Jersey Shore community as well as the rest of the state as well.
You could be a lifeguard, nature educator, trail steward, ground maintenance worker, office employee, and more.
"A summer job with the State Park Service gives our seasonal team members the benefit of enjoying New Jersey’s incredible natural and historic resources while developing useful skills that will last a lifetime,” Commissioner LaTourette said in a written statement. “We are looking for a rich diversity of seasonal employees who will take on the very important roles of being ambassadors to our parks for our millions of visitors from across the state and beyond.”
“A seasonal job with the State Park Service can launch the career you never considered,” John Cecil, Assistant Commissioner for Parks, Forests, and Historic Sites, said in a written statement. “Many State Park Service staff, now in leadership roles, started in a seasonal position with the Park Service, whether maintenance, lifeguarding, natural and historic educators, or meeting and greeting the public in State Park Police or visitor service role. These are amazing opportunities to build your skills, serve the public and get outside.”
The NJ-DEP has posted a list of all jobs, phone numbers, and need-to-know information on their website.
If you are among the seasonal staff, you'll have to work weekends and holidays in addition to weekdays, but the State Park Service said that they will work with teachers and students and others with limited availability during certain parts of the year like May and June.
You have to be at least 16-years old to apply for a job and it includes a $15-per hour salary for most of the positions.
Lifeguards are an exception, they're needed pretty much everywhere, and salaries start for them at $17.50 per hour with oceanfront guards at Island Beach State Park having salaries starting at $18.50 per hour.
You don't need prior experience, but you'll have to pass running and swim tests before you're hired for the lifeguard jobs.
Lifeguards will also get on-the-job training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator use, first aid, and other medical matters.
The NJ-DEP said that they anticipate state park swimming areas opening in mid-June, but Island Beach State Park swimming areas are expected to open on Saturday, May 28.