Become an NYC Parks Lifeguard

By: City of New York/Department of Parks & Recreation

One of the best jobs in New York City, lifeguarding allows participants to remain in top physical condition while also helping to keep millions of New Yorkers safe at NYC’s eight beaches and 53 outdoor pools. As one of just 1,400 NYC Parks Lifeguards, you will be part of an elite group that is committed to serving the public.

Parks’ beaches open on Memorial Day weekend, and pools open in late June; both close the Sunday after Labor Day. Lifeguards work 48 hours each week and first-year lifeguards earn a minimum of $15 an hour, for a weekly salary of about $800.00.

Qualifying tests start in December for the 2019 summer season! First-time lifeguards earn up to $800 a week.

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