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State Parks around WNY are looking for lifeguards; here's how you can answer the call

Posted at 8:45 AM, Feb 12, 2020

(WKBW) — It may still be winter, but the state's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation wants you and your kids to start thinking about summer. Specifically, summer jobs.

The department is hiring lifeguards at State Parks, many of which are in Western New York. Positions are open at Beaver Island, Evangola, Woodlawn Beach Fort Niagara and Wilson-Tuscarora State Parks.

To qualify for one of those positions, you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Be 16 years of age
  • Have proof of completion of CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • Have proof of completion of the American Red Cross 1994 Revised Lifeguard Training, including First-Aid, with a certificate for the Waterfront Module or equivalent courses
  • Must meet a physician's certification of adequate physical fitness including a minimum of 20/40 uncorrected vision after receiving a conditional job offer

All applicants must also take a test. The office is holding two exam dates in Western New York. They want to see that applicants demonstrate proficiency in CPR and swimming skills.

The tests will take place at Hamburg High School and Lewiston Porter High School on the following dates:

  • Hamburg High School: April 4 and May 2
  • Lewiston Porter High School: March 7 and May 30

Registration at both locations begins at 8:30am and are free of cost. Qualifying procedures start promptly at 9:00am. No late entrants will be admitted.

Pay for these positions starts at $14.66 per hour.

You can find registration information here or you can call the Niagara Region Safety Department at (716)278-1785 to learn more.