All sorts of seasonal jobs are waiting to be filled by the state Department of Environmental Protection — everything from naturalists, history educators, visitor service assistants, trail stewards and office assistants to lifeguards and maintenance personnel, with more than 700 jobs throughout state parks, forests, and natural and historic sites. “Our seasonal parks team is the backbone of the recreational programming that New Jersey residents and visitors rely on now more than ever, and our goal is to recruit a seasonal team that reflects the rich diversity of our state,” acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said last week.
Peak season is Memorial Day through Labor Day, although some parks fill part-time positions year-round. 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. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older to apply, and seasonal staff are required to work weekends and holidays because park facilities are open seven days a week. Most jobs are outdoors.
Salary rates start at $12 per hour and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To learn more about which locations are accepting applications or to apply for a specific position, visit www.nj.gov/dep/workinparks.