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Hundreds of Seasonal Jobs Available at NJ State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it is hiring for hundreds of seasonal jobs at state parks, forests and historic sites.

The employment opportunities offered are essential to the operations of the State Park Service and include lifeguards, naturalists and history educators, visitor service assistants, maintenance personnel, office staff and trail stewards.

“A seasonal job with the State Park Service has numerous benefits, from being outdoors in nature to developing important life and work skills,” DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said. “We encourage people of all backgrounds and experience levels to apply. Our seasonal hires become ambassadors for showcasing to millions of visitors the beauty and endless recreational opportunities across New Jersey.”

“New Jersey’s state parks, forests and historic sites are a treasure, and the State Park Service is always looking for dedicated individuals to help us conserve and make available these spaces for all,” said John Cecil, assistant commissioner for State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites. “These seasonal opportunities are an excellent sampling of the full-time jobs that are available throughout the State Park Service and Department of Environmental Protection as a whole. Come begin or extend your career with us!”

To learn which parks, forests and historic sites are accepting applications or to apply for a specific position, visit Applicants are encouraged to check with the park office of their choice by phone or email at their earliest convenience about specific positions, scheduling and other job-related inquiries. Applications are recommended to be submitted by Wednesday, March 1.

While most seasonal job openings are from Memorial Day through Labor Day, select parks need part-time staff year-round. Most jobs are outdoors.

Seasonal staff are required to work weekends and holidays because park facilities are open every day. The State Park Service 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 recreational and educational activities each area offers. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older to apply. Starting hourly salaries range from $15 to $18.50 depending on the position.

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