Posted Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
Applications for hundreds of peak-season jobs throughout state parks, forests and historic sites across the state, from High Point to Cape May, are now being accepted, the state Department of Environmental Protection has announced today.
Available positions include lifeguards, trail stewards, naturalists, historic educators, general maintenance, visitor service assistants, office workers, and State Park Police visitor service assistants.
Applicants for all positions are encouraged to check with the park office of their choice by Monday, March 2 about specific positions, scheduling and other job-related inquiries. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.
“The New Jersey State Park Service and State Park Police rely on seasonal employees to ensure our visitors have an enjoyable visit to our state parks, forests, recreation areas and historic sites during our most busy time of year,” said Division of Parks and Forestry Director Olivia Glenn. “Besides having the opportunity to work outside during the summer months, these positions provide valuable experience for all age groups who are looking to further their careers.”
Peak season is Memorial Day through Labor Day, although some parks fill positions April through October depending on operational need. The State Park Service and State Park Police will work with applicants, such as students and teachers, whose availability may be limited to weekends during certain periods of the year.
The type and number of positions vary by location, depending on the types of recreational opportunities each site offers. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older to apply. Salary rates start at $11 per hour for most positions.
Seasonal staff are required to work weekends and holidays because park facilities are open seven days a week. Most jobs are outdoors.
The Division of Parks and Forestry oversees more than 50 state parks, forests, recreation areas, battlefields, historic sites and marinas that annually draw millions of visitors and are a key contributor to the state’s tourism economy. The State Park Police protects the natural and historic resources of New Jersey’s state parks, forests and historic sites, and the safety, security and well-being of all visitors.
To learn more about which locations are accepting applications or to apply for a specific position, visit www.nj.gov/dep/workinparks or your local park office. The lifeguard testing schedule is also posted at this link.