Last call to apply to become a DEEP lifeguard for the 2022 season

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Last call to apply to become a DEEP lifeguard for the 2022 season

Final deadline to apply June 20; Positions remain available at several state swimming areas

(HARTFORD)—There’s still time to apply to be a lifeguard with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) this summer, but the deadline to apply is fast approaching. June 20e!

The starting salary for lifeguards was recently increased to $19/hr., up $16/hr, with a salary range of $19 to $21/hr. Positions remain available at many of our state-designated bathing areas, particularly at Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield, Indian Well State Park in Shelton, and Burr Pond State Park in Torrington.

“Lifeguards provide an incredibly important service to those who visit state parks,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “DEEP has worked hard to provide a salary that is more reflective of the service lifeguards provide to our state. We encourage anyone still looking for a great summer job to apply now for the chance to join our amazing team.

Lifeguard stations are still available at several inland and coastal swimming areas, including:

  • Black Rock State Park, Watertown
  • Burr Pond State Park, Torrington
  • Indian Well State Park, Shelton
  • Sherwood Island State Park, Westport
  • Silver Sands State Park, Milford
  • Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield

In addition to the increased starting salary, DEEP provides all of the training needed to work as a lifeguard on National Park beaches and training time is paid. DEEP will hold a pre-requisite swim test for applicants on June 21. Candidates must apply before the test on June 20e.

The basic functions of a lifeguard are: to monitor activities in swimming areas, prevent accidents and provide assistance to swimmers on national park beaches; warn swimmers of dangerous areas; maintaining order in bathing areas; to rescue swimmers in danger of drowning and administer first aid and/or CPR as needed; participate in physical and lifesaving training; perform general maintenance and other related duties as required. Lifeguards must be good swimmers.

Hours of work are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 5 days a week, for a total of 40 hours. Most weekends and the 4th of July bank holiday are mandatory. Minimum age of 16 for lifeguards, 18 for lifeguards.

Why be a lifeguard? You will learn invaluable life skills such as leadership, responsibility, teamwork, and communication, skills that look attractive on any college application or resume. You can build friendships that will last a lifetime, get fit, and your office will be outdoors in some of the most beautiful locations in the state. The deadline to apply is June 20. To apply, go here: Lifeguard Program (

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