Ocean Lifeguard I (Seasonal) Tryouts    |   Seasonal & Part Time    |   Aquatic Safety in California State Parks

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Job Announcement
$20.89 - $23.09 per hour*
*includes eligible differentials

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Work as a lifeguard for the California State Parks

Public Safety First Aid, CPR, AED
Open Water Lifesaving Techniques
Aquatic Search and Rescue Procedures

Possess a valid California Driver License with good driving record.
Physical strength and endurance.
Willingness to work weekends and holidays.
Visual and hearing acuity necessary to detect and rescue a struggling victim in the water.


TO QUALIFY: All applicants are required to complete the following:
  1. Pass a COMPETITIVE swimming test at a listed location consisting of the following:
         1,000 yard open water swim. Time limit of 20 minutes.
         - A continuous 200 yard run, 400 yard swim, 200 yard run. Time limit of 10 minutes.
  2. Qualification appraisal interview.
  3. Successful completion of the California State Park Lifeguard Training Program.
  4. Successful completion of Field Training Program.

Lifeguard training instruction

Lifeguard swim training

Lifeguard first aid training

Tryouts for Summer 2024 have concluded. Complete the Interest Form below and visit this page in the fall to learn about opportunities for next year.

Fill out this form Lifeguard Tryout Interest Form

Additional Testing Information

Picture I.D. is REQUIRED on the day of the swim test.

All minors shall have a parent or guardian PRESENT on the day of the swim test for swim test waiver signature.

BRING to swim test: Completed job application swimsuit, towel, warm clothes, clothes for interview, food, water. NOTE: Wetsuits, swim caps & goggles ARE allowed for try out swim, but are NOT allowed during the Seasonal Lifeguard Training program.


Plan to arrive 60 minutes before swim time

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
930 Garden Dr., Oroville, CA 95965
Sergeant Todd Jones: 530-712-1431
From Hwy 70, exit Garden Drive, head west. Kiosk staff will direct candidates to swim location.
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay
Sergeant Ryan Steele: 916-257-7105
Enter the park at the end of Douglas Blvd. Proceed down Park Rd and follow signs for Granite Main Beach.
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
San Luis Creek Entrance and CA-152
Officer Thomas Cunningham: 209-501-3853
Follow signs to day use parking. Swim at South Beach Tower.
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
5290 Millerton Rd. Friant, CA 93626
Officer Libby Machado: 559-822-2332
Enter the park at South Shore, entrance and follow signs to parking, registration, and the swim location.
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
14651 Cedar Cir. Hesperia, CA 92345
Officer Dylan Goode: (760)389-2321 or dylan.goode@parks.ca.gov
The tryout will be held at Lifeguard Tower 2 on Sawpit Beach.  Enter the park and follow the road until it ends at the boat parking lot.  Follow posted signage for directions to the tryout site.
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris CA 92571
Sergeant Joshua Johnson: 951-933-6281
Moreno Beach Tower #7, Parking Lot 8.

2025 Inland Reservoir/Lake Lifeguard Training Dates TBD

The Lifeguard Training Program is 8 days / 80+ hours

In accordance with Government Code 19063-19063.8, any person admitted to the interview and who is receiving public assistance under the CalWorks Program shall be given priority consideration. Equal opportunity to all regardless of sex, race, ancestry, disability, age or sexual orientation.