Department of Environmental Protection

New Jersey State Park Service

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Each year, between May and September, the New Jersey State Park Service hires approximately 700 seasonal staff to fill peak-season jobs at New Jersey’s parks, forests, recreation areas and historic sites.

No experience necessary to apply. Salaries for most positions start at $12.00 per hour. The minimum age to apply is is 16 years old.

Interested in applying? Click here to submit an application for one of the positions listed below.

For information on full time employment with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, visit nj.gov/dep/jobs.

Lifeguard Test Dates have been posted for the 2021 season.

Northern Region
May 8, 2021 - 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 5, 2021  4pm – 6pm

Sussex County YMCA
15 Wits End Dr, Hardyston, NJ 07419

Central Region
May 8, 2021 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
May 15, 2021 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
May 22, 2021 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

HealthQuest Fitness
310 Highway 31 N, Flemington NJ 08822

Southern Region
April 11, 2021 - 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
April 25, 2021 - 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Ocean City Community Center
1775 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226

Island Beach State Park
April 25, 2021 - 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
May 1, 2021 - 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Ocean County YMCA
1088 W Whitty Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755

Available Positions

Naturalists and Historic Educators
Naturalists and History Educators

Naturalists and history educators work with park naturalists and historians at interpretive centers to educate visitors.

Starting Salary $12 per hour

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Visitor Service Assistants
Visitor Service Assistants

Visitor Service Assistants provide accurate information to visitors at various facilities, patrol grounds and collect gatehouse fees.

Starting Salary $12 per hour

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State Park Police Visitor Service Assistants
State Park Police Visitor Service Assistants

State Park Police Visitor Service Assistants patrol assigned areas, direct both pedestrians and vehicular traffic, and takes appropriate action to report unlawful acts.

Starting Salary $12 per hour

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Trail Stewards
Trail Stewards

Hike and maintain trails while educating visitors on park regulations the the "Leave No Trace" concept.

Salaries Range from $12-16 per hour

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Lifeguards
Lifeguards

Lifeguard positions are anticipated at 9 swimming areas across the state.

Starting Salary $13 per hour in most areas, oceanfront guards at Island Beach State Park start at $14 per hour.

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General Maintenance Personnel
General Maintenance Personnel

General maintenance personnel are the backbone of the State Park Service and help to maintain grounds, buildings and remove litter.

Starting Salary $12 per hour

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Office Personnel
Office Personnel

Office personnel help register campers, answer phone calls and perform other customer service duties as requested by the park superintendent.

Starting Salary $12 per hour

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