Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

May 17, 2019

Dan Keefe (518) 486-1868 |

New York State Parks to Hire 1,000 Lifeguards

Qualifying dates 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.

"New York State Park lifeguards are crucial to the success in protecting the millions of swimmers at State Park beaches and pools each year," said Acting State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. "We are seeking dedicated individuals to be a part of this valuable team. Lifeguarding is a rewarding way to earn money, gain valuable job experience, and serve the public in a friendly, active and fun environment."

New York State Park lifeguards must meet certain eligibility criteria, which includes successfully completing the qualifying procedure, before being hired. For a complete schedule of qualifying dates, more information about hiring requirements, and an application, please visit

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 74 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs and over $2.8 billion in additional state GDP. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter. ###