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Last Call To Apply To Be 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 rapidly approaching on June 20th!


Starting pay for lifeguards was recently increased to $19/hr., up from $16/hr., with a salary range of $19-$21/hr. Positions remain available at several of our state designated swimming 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,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “DEEP has worked hard to provide a salary that is more reflective of the service lifeguards provide to our state. We encourage anyone out there who’s still looking for a great summer job to apply right now for a chance to join our amazing team.”


Lifeguard positions are still available at several inland and shoreline 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 Is providing all training required to work as a lifeguard at the State Park beaches and training time is paid. DEEP will be holding a pre-requisite swim test for applicants on June 21Applicants must apply before the test on June 20th.

The basic duties of a lifeguard are: to monitor activities in swimming areas preventing accidents and providing assistance to swimmers at State Park beaches; to caution swimmers regarding unsafe areas; to maintain order in swimming areas; to rescue swimmers in danger of drowning and administer first aid and/or CPR as required; to participate in physical and rescue skills training; to perform general maintenance tasks and other related duties as required. Lifeguards must be strong swimmers.

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

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

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