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About the Assistant Program

SailingIf you are a returning junior lifeguard, 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.  Assistants arrive 30 minutes early to JGs and stay 1 hour after the program concludes.

Assistants help with supervision of children, encourage junior lifeguards who might be struggling and take a leadership role in our program. Additionally, assistants will work directly with the lifeguard staff in order to develop job skills, quality work habits, and leadership ability through work experience.

Assistants also receive 100% scholarship into their specified session. 

The junior lifeguard assistant position is a highly competitive position and all qualified candidates are encouraged to tryout. Candidates wishing to tryout should email the coordinator, at folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov, prior to registration opening to express interest and to let us know what tryout date we should expect to see you.

If you are trying out to be an assistant, you do not need to register for a seat in the program when registration opens. If you are selected, we will give you instructions to register as an assistant. If you are not selected and have emailed the coordinator prior to registration opening, we have seats reserved and can get you registered in a session of your choice as the candidate selection process is competitive. If you do not contact the coordinator prior to registration opening, and you are not selected, we will unfortunately be unable to accommodate you with a seat. We will add you to our waitlist.Assistants


  • 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
    • 500 yard open water swim in 15 minutes
    • 100 yard run, 200 yard swim, 100 yard run in 5 minutes
  • Participate in an oral interview
    • Resumes/letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged


2024 Assistant Tryouts

Assistant tryouts for Session 1 and Session 2 assistants will be held at Black Miners Bar Swim Beach, on May 6th and 7th at 4:30 pm. 

After the physical portion of the tryout we will hold a short meeting to discuss with prospective assistants and their parents what the assistant position entails. 

You MUST email the coordinator at Folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov to reserve a tryout time slot. Interviews will take place following the physical tryout. It is HIGHLY recommended for the applicant to take initiative to express interest rather than their parent. The duties of assistants will require them to prove to be self-sufficient and responsible.

Assistant applicants will first complete the physical portion of the tryout, interviews will follow. Applicants will select interview times after their physical event. Interviews will be conducted every 15-20 minutes after the physical portion of the tryout.

Please note, 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/letters of recommendations and in professional business attire.

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