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DEEP Announces Lifeguard Starting Pay Increased to $19/Hour

Positions Remain Available at Several State Swimming Areas, Applicants Should Apply ASAP – Final deadline to Apply June 17

(HARTFORD)—The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is thrilled to announce that starting pay for lifeguards has increased to$19/hr., up from $16/hr., with a salary range of $19-$21/hr.

“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 next weekend, on June 11 & 12. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the test on June 11th.

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 17. To apply, go here: Lifeguard Program ( 

For more information, contact Sarah Battistini at or call 860-418-5958.  

Staff are available for interviews! 
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