2018 Press Release
April 11, 2018
DEEP Announces Additional Seasonal State Park Positions Available
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that additional seasonal state park positions are now posted on the state’s job application website.
“Each year more than 9 million people visit our state parks, and that number is only expected to increase with the launch of the Passport to Parks program,” said Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. “In order to protect the health and safety of our park goers it is critical that we hire a wide range of people for seasonal positions that support our fulltime DEEP staff.”
- Lifeguard Supervisors and Beach Directors
- Seasonal Patrol Officers
- Other Seasonal Park Positions for park operations and maintenance
Lifeguards, Lifeguard Supervisors and Beach Directors: The basic duties of a lifeguard are: monitor activities in swimming areas to prevent accidents and provide assistance to swimmers at State Park beaches; caution swimmers regarding unsafe areas; maintain order in swimming areas; rescue swimmers in danger of drowning and administer first aid and/or CPR as required; participate in physical and rescue skills training; perform general maintenance tasks, perform related duties as required. Hours of work are 10 am to 6 pm, five days per week for a total of 40 hours. Weekends and holidays are mandatory.
- Must be at least 16 years of age.
- Must be able to pass the American Red Cross waterfront module prerequisites.
- Must be able to work weekends and holidays.
Seasonal Patrol Officers: This position works under Environmental Conservation Police Division. There are both first and second shifts available. The locations are primarily at State Parks and recreation areas. The preferred candidate will have considerable interpersonal skills, knowledge of Connecticut police procedures and the ability to work weekends and holidays. As a primary visitor contact, interacts with the public to assist them in the safe and orderly enjoyment of department resources and activities; enforces laws and regulations governing visitor behavior and the use of department lands and facilities; investigates and prepares reports of unusual occurrences; may supervise other seasonal employees as assigned. The applicant must have a Police Officer Standard Training (POST) Certification. Salary: $20 per hour. Length of position: April 15, 2018 through October 15, 2018.
Seasonal Park Positions: A number of different seasonal positions are available across the Connecticut State Park system, including season maintainers, campground supervisor, interpretive guide, camp office staff and other positions. Most positions are typically first shift, but other positions will be second or third shift. Typically positions are 5 days per week, and may include mandatory weekend shifts.
These positions are funded through the Passport to Parks program, which was created by the bipartisan state budget adopted last year and is supported through a $10 fee applied by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to non-commercial vehicles that have new registrations, renewals, and plate transfers registered. These include passenger cars and vehicles with combination plates, as well as motorcycles, campers/motor homes, and vehicles with antique car plates.
Funds generated through this system will provide the Connecticut State Park system with greater financial support, allowing a number of services at the parks that had been previously reduced to be restored, such as the reopening of several closed campgrounds, increased staffing of state beaches during the summer, and the restoration of regular hours of operation at certain nature centers and museums.