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 16 years or older? Become a State Lifeguard

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If you are a returning Junior Guard, that is between the ages of 13-16, you should consider trying out to become a Junior Lifeguard Assistant.  As an assistant you work under close supervision of the Junior Lifeguard Instructors and assist in the daily operations of the program.  This position will work directly with the Lifeguard Staff in order to develop job skills, quality work habits and leadership ability through work experience. Youth Aide's also receive 100% scholarship into their specified session. The JG Assistant position is a highly competitive position and all qualified candidates are encouraged to tryout. Candidates wishing to tryout should email the coordinator, Matt Trefry, at folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov, to express interest and to let him know what tryout date he should expect to see you.


  • 13-16 years old
  • At least one year completed at a State Park Junior Lifeguard
  • Pass a physical swim test and run-swim-run scenario
  • Participate in an oral interview
    • Resumes are strongly encouraged


2020 Assistant Tryouts

All 2020 Assistant Tryouts are cancelled



Assistants will complete their tryout, then assist the general JG tryout. After all tryouts have been concluded interviews will begin. Participants will select interview times after their physical event. Interviews will be conducted every 20 minutes beginning after the general tryout concludes.

Physical Events

500 yard open water swim in 15 minutes
100 yard run, 300 yard swim, 100 yard run in 15 minutes

Oral Interview

Applicants are encouraged to have knowledge of the Junior Lifeguard program, CA State Parks Mission Statement, and basic lifeguard skills.  It is strongly recommended that you attend your interview with a resume and in professional business attire.

JG Assistant candidates need to have a parent or guardian in attendance at the tryout to swim.