Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

March 13, 2015

Randy Simons | Dan Keefe
(518) 486-1868 |

New York State Parks To Hire 1,000 Lifeguards

Lifeguard exams are scheduled across the state

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) is hiring more than 1,000 new and returning lifeguards for the summer season at its swimming beaches and pools.

"Lifeguards are crucial to the success of our State Parks throughout the most popular months of the year," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "Lifeguarding is a rewarding way high school and college students can make money and gain valuable job experience in a friendly, active and fun environment."

New York State Park lifeguards must be at least 16 years old and meet certain eligibility criteria, including passing a qualifying exam before being hired. Pre-registration for exams is strongly encouraged. For a complete schedule of exams, more information about hiring requirements, and an application, please visit