Applications are being accepted for hundreds of peak-season jobs at New Jersey’s parks, forests and historic sites, including Hopatcong State Park that may be convenient for Morris of Sussex County residents, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Seasonal positions for lifeguards, nature and history educators, maintenance workers and visitor service assistants are available for persons age 16 and older. The number and types of positions available varies by the recreation opportunities each park offers.
Positions are available at 34 locations in 14 counties. Peak season is Memorial Day through Labor Day. Salary rates start at $10 per hour.
Some parks are hiring to fill positions April through October, particularly for posts that involve camping. The Park Service will work with applicants, such as students and teachers, whose availability may be limited to weekends during certain periods of the year.
“Seasonal positions serve important purposes, from ensuring that our guests enjoy their visits to providing learning experiences for staff as they showcase the best of New Jersey’s parks, forests and historic sites,” said Parks and Forestry Director Olivia Glenn. “We encourage the public to apply for positions and spend the warmer months in our great outdoors.”
In addition, the State Park Service also is seeking Trail Stewards for three state parks. These positions require applicants to be at least age 18 years and able to hike strenuous distances. Applicants should be assertive and professional as they will handle intense crowds and educate visitors on the Leave No Trace concept and park regulations. Trail stewards must be able to work 40 hours a week, on shifts from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or noon to 8:30 p.m.
Seasonal staff are required to work weekends and holidays because facilities are open seven days a week. Most jobs are outdoors.
Applicants for all positions are encouraged to check with the park office of their choice about specific positions, scheduling and other job-related inquiries, and apply as soon as possible.
The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry oversees some 50 state parks, forests, recreation areas, battlefields, historic sites and marinas that annually draw millions of visitors and are a key contributor to the state’s tourism economy.
To learn more about which locations are accepting applications or to apply for a specific position, visit www.nj.gov/dep/workinparks or your local park office. The lifeguard testing schedule is also posted at this link.