PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that it is actively recruiting to hire the remainder of its summer workforce. Each year, DEM recruits lifeguards, park rangers, facility attendants, and other key personnel to fill seasonal positions at beaches, parks, and campgrounds across the state during the recreational season. summer. Rhode Island residents, ages 16 and older, are encouraged to apply. Click here to view vacancies and complete your application.
With only 52 full-time employees managing 25 parks and preserves, eight saltwater beaches and dozens of other properties, DEM’s parks and recreation division relies heavily on seasonal employees. Currently, DEM has hired about half of the roughly 500 total “seasonal workers” to fill essential summer positions such as lifeguards, rangers, beach managers, facility attendants, gardeners, laborers and nature educators.
“DEM operates parks, beaches and other facilities for public access and enjoyment, and hiring a strong seasonal workforce is the primary means of achieving these goals,” said DEM Acting Director Terry Gray. “While there are certainly challenges within the workforce, we hope that the prospect of higher than ever pay for lifeguard positions, working outdoors in some of the main destinations of state travel, gaining experience for future study and employment programs, and having the opportunity to meet and work with people from diverse backgrounds and walks of life will attract candidates to these vacancies. »
Gray is referring to data kept by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that the current number of job openings nationwide is at its highest level since December 2000. DEM and Other employers are also grappling with long-term workforce data revealing that the share of teens participating in the workforce peaked 40 years ago and has declined since. Today, just over a third, or 35%, of adolescents aged 16 to 19 are part of the labor force. BLS data suggests year-round schooling and summer schooling are a major cause, with the percentage of 16-19-year-olds enrolled in summer school tripling in the past 20 years.
Full-time lifeguard positions are available at all bathing areas in the state, including saltwater beaches such as Roger Wheeler and Scarborough, surfless beaches such as Goddard, and freshwater beaches such as Burlingame Campground and Lincoln Woods State Park. Salaries for lifeguards range from $14 to $17 per hour, depending on location and job level. All lifeguard candidates must receive state certification and must have successfully completed courses and hold valid lifeguard, first aid, and CPR training cards, including for infants, children, and adults.
DEM is also looking for park rangers, clerks, facility attendants and ground guards to work at recreation sites across the state. Park rangers are instrumental in ensuring a safe and fun experience at DEM properties. They provide directions to swimmers and park users, assist with crowd control, provide facility security checks, and are first responders in emergencies. Park ranger hourly rates range from $12.25 to $13.35. Applicants for Facilities Attendant and Park Ranger I positions must be 16 years of age or older and applicants for Level II and III Park Ranger positions must be 18 years of age or older.
For a full list of seasonal job opportunities and to apply, click here. Most positions are full time and include weekends and holidays. Applications must be completed online and paper applications will not be accepted. The State of Rhode Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Opportunities for part-time positions or internship/college credits may be available for eligible personnel.
Rhode Island’s natural and public assets — including eight saltwater beaches, 25 parks and nature preserves, 8,200 parkland acres, 1,000 campsites, 400 miles of hiking and biking trails, and 200 fishing spots — are magnets, attracting more than 9 million Rhode Islanders and tourists a year. They are also an engine that adds approximately $300 million to the economy, nearly $40 million in state and local taxes, and supports nearly 4,000 jobs annually.
For more information about DEM programs and services, visit www.dem.ri.gov. Follow DEM on Facebook, Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) or Instagram (@RhodeIsland.DEM).