Help the Parks Department keep millions of New Yorkers safe at NYC's eight beaches and 53 outdoor pools this summer. As one of just 1,400 NYC Parks Lifeguards, you will be part of an elite group that is committed to serving the public.
One of the best jobs in New York City, lifeguarding gives people the opportunity to work in a rewarding and challenging environment during the busy summer months. It requires split-second decision making that could mean the difference between life and death and helps develop valuable skills—a strong work ethic, teamwork, leadership, and communication—that will last a lifetime in any profession.
Lifeguards work up to 48 hours each week and first-year lifeguards earn a minimum of $15 an hour, for a weekly salary of about $800. Parks’ beaches open on Memorial Day weekend, and pools open in late June; both close the Sunday after Labor Day.
Become a lifeguard and help build on the exemplary safety record our lifeguards have set over the years!
Before joining our lifeguard training program, applicants must pass the Qualifying Test, a set of vision and swim exams. Tests are offered in December and January at indoor pools across the city. You may take the qualifying test for the summer 2020 season at one of the locations below. All candidates are tested by Parks’ Lifeguard School to ensure that they meet the highest standards.
Once you've passed the qualifying test, you're able to join the Lifeguard Training Program. Upon completion of the training program, you must pass final swimming tests and a written test to become a lifeguard.
Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
Ladders for Leaders: Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through:
✔ Pre-employment Training:Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.
✔ Paid Summer Internships:Paid internship opportunities available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests.
✔ Opportunity to join our growing Alumni Network: Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events open only to past participants of the program.
Who is Eligible?
The Futures and Options Internship Program provides paid, mentored internships and career readiness workshops to high school juniors and seniors. Interns acquire hands-on work experience and gain entry to small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and multinational corporations.
Intern duties might include:
The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program is an intensive program which places diverse NYC public high school students with legal employers for the summer, and provides them with additional programming before, during, and after the summer designed to help them prepare for a legal career.
Students are selected to participate in the Program based upon personal interviews and demonstrated academic excellence. Job assignments in firms vary depending on the needs of the employer, but typically include assisting paralegals, filing, record keeping, assisting library and back-office personnel, data entry and document and exhibit organization.
Prior to interviewing with employers, all applicants participate in a mandatory, three-part Pre Employment Training. The purpose of this training is to identify the students who are most prepared to take on the requirements of the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, and to provide valuable training for all students to help them strengthen their application materials for future opportunities.