The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for hundreds of jobs throughout state parks, forests and natural and historic sites, Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today. Beyond providing a fun and engaging summer work experience in New Jersey’s parks, these seasonal jobs can introduce New Jerseyans from all backgrounds to long-term career paths in environmental protection.
Available positions include naturalists, history educators, visitor service assistants, trail stewards, office assistants, lifeguards, and maintenance personnel. The State Park Service takes COVID-19 precautions especially seriously. Protocols are followed and all employees are provided with the essential personal protective equipment needed while at work.
Peak season is Memorial Day through Labor Day, although some parks fill part-time positions year-round depending on operational need. The State Park Service and State Park Police will work with applicants, such as students and teachers, whose availability may be limited to weekends during certain periods of the year. The type and number of positions vary by location, depending on the types of recreational and educational activities each site offers. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older to apply. Salary rates start at $12 per hour.
Seasonal staff are required to work weekends and holidays because park facilities are open seven days a week. Most jobs are outdoors.
To learn more about which locations are accepting applications or to apply for a specific position, visit www.nj.gov/dep/workinparks. Applicants for all positions are encouraged to check with the park office of their choice by Friday, March 12 about specific positions, scheduling and other job-related inquiries. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.