When you grow up a Long Island kid, it’s pretty much understood that you will take swim lessons and you will find a teenage career in aquatics. From the time I was fourteen, my summer revolved around the local pool. The time I spent instructing and guarding helped me build my résumé (and my confidence), introduced me to so many new people in my hometown, and gave me a comfortable amount of money for my first year away at college.
Beginning my first office-based internship with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) seemed to signal an end to jobs that primarily involved wearing bathing suits and chatting with pool visitors, but the chlorinated water never really washes out of your blood.
To an agency that operates 40-plus manmade aquatics facilities and oversees miles of shoreline, a press intern applicant who could write and tweet about as well as explain pools to DCR’s hockey playing press secretary… well, my guard life may have sealed me this internship!
DCR needs to staff 86 of its waterfront properties for the Summer 2013 season, in order to provide the Commonwealth with the safety and peace of mind all residents deserve in the hottest months of the year. More than 700 professionals will staff coastal beaches, inland beaches, and swimming pools, allowing for a change of scenery, new friends, and a summer under the sun. Want to spend your summer building your personal strength, practical knowledge, and, yes, your bank account?
DCR is conducting lifeguarding tests and hiring lifeguards now through June. If you’re interested in building your resume—along with your tan—and think you’ve got what it takes, don’t hesitate: check out DCR’s Lifeguarding program website or contact the Office of Aquatic Resources at 251 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114 or (617) 626-1224.
Lifeguard applicants must be at least 16 years old at the time of employment and possess current certification in several areas. For details on these requirements visit the website at: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/l-guard/index.htm.
For those interested in pool management, lead lifeguard positions, and related aquatics seasonal work, please contact DCR’s Boston Aquatic’s office at the number above.
Come on in, take a swim, try it out, and you too might find yourself working for DCR this summer!