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SANDY HOOK, NJ - Lifeguards are an important part of Gateway National Recreation Area’s summer team. There are lifeguarded beaches at all three Gateway units on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the summer season.

As host of the All-Women’s Lifeguard Tournament, Gateway would especially like to encourage women to apply for its surf-lifeguard jobs.   The annual tournament draws women surf-lifeguards from across the country to compete in events that test for speed, stamina, and skill.

Women have been an important part of the National Park Service (NPS) since the first female park ranger set foot in Yellowstone in 1917.  As the NPS approaches its centennial, it is important to see women as well as men pursue work in the array of employment opportunities that the NPS offers.  Continue the tradition – apply to be a lifeguard today.

Surf-Lifeguard positions require a pre-employment test.  More information about the testing process can be found here:  lifeguard test details.

Test Dates for April and May:

  • Sunday, April 12:  Monmouth University, NJ 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18: St. Joseph's College- Patchogue, NY 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3:  Elizabeth HS - NJ 7:00 a.m.


About Gateway National Recreation Area

Established in 1972, Gateway National Recreation Area offers more than 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife sanctuaries and recreational athletic facilities, miles of sandy beaches; indoor and outdoor classrooms; picnicking and camping areas, as well as historic structures and military installations, airfields, a lighthouse, and adjacent waters around New York harbor. The park offers urban residents in two states a wide range of recreational opportunities year round. Gateway is one of the ten most visited national parks in the country. For information about Gateway's upcoming public programs, see the park's Web site at http://www.nps.gov/gate/index.htm.  To join the conversation about Gateway, like us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Gatewaynps.