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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2005

Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994
Dana Loschiavo (609) 984-1423

Summer Lifeguards Needed in New Jersey State Parks

Free Training & Certification

(05/53) TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry is recruiting staff for 180 lifeguard positions at swimming areas in state parks and forests. Testing, training and certification are provided free of charge.

"The public has a right to know that they are safe while visiting the state's many swimming areas," said DEP Assistant Commissioner John Watson. "We need interested individuals who want to provide a public service to the community and who like outdoor activities."

The starting salary for a lifeguard position is $7.50 per hour. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older. Applicants under 18 must have an official State Park Service permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian to participate in lifeguard testing.

Applicants can learn valuable life aid skills such as responding to emergency situations and administering first aid, CPR, AEDs and oxygen.

No previous experience is required. To learn more about becoming a lifeguard, stop by any State Park Service area or contact Gerry Davies of the Division of Parks and Forestry, Office of Visitor and Personnel Support Services at (609) 984-0370 or Gerry.Davies@dep.state.nj.us

For a complete listing of lifeguard opportunities, testing dates and directions visit http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/jobs.html

The Department of Environmental Protection is an equal opportunity employer.

**A list of areas offering lifeguard positions and testing dates appears below**

Lifeguard Employment Opportunities anticipated at the following areas:

  • Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest, Hammonton 609-268-0444
  • Bass River State Forest, New Gretna 609-296-1114
  • Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine 609-861-2404
  • Cheesequake State Park, Matawan 732-566-2161
  • High Point State Park, Sussex 973-875-4800
  • Hopatcong State Park, Landing 973-398-7010
  • Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park 732-793-0506
  • Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove 856-358-8616
  • Ringwood State Park, Ringwood 973-962-7031
  • Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon 908-236-6355
  • Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton 908-638-8572
  • Stokes State Forest, Branchville 973-948-3820
  • Swartswood State Park, Swartswood 973-383-5230
  • Wawayanda State Park, Hewitt 973-853-4462

Lifeguard Test Sites and Dates

Saturday, May 7, 2005 Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. 1735 Simpson Ave.
Ocean City, New Jersey

Saturday, May 7 and 14, 2005 Raritan Valley Community College
8 a.m. - Noon Rt. 28 and Lamington Rd.
(Swim Test & Mandatory Training) North Branch, New Jersey

Sunday, May 8, 2005 Kittatinny Regional High School
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 77 Halsey Road
County Route 626
Newton, New Jersey

Saturday, May 14, 2005 Hunterdon County YMCA, Deerpath
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Deerpath
(Mandatory Training) 144 Woodschurch Road
Flemington, New Jersey

Saturday, May 14, 2005 Kittatinny Regional High School
9 a.m. - Noon 77 Halsey Road
County Route 626
Newton, New Jersey

Saturday, May 14, 2005 Ocean County YMCA
2:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 1088 West Whitty Road
Toms River, New Jersey

 

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