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  • Nauset Marsh Trail Footbridge Temporary Closure After Labor Day

    A small footbridge on the Nauset Marsh trail will be closed for repair for two weeks following Labor Day. Ask at the visitor center for detour information.

  • Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail

    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Cape Cod National Seashore Lifeguard Program

CCNS employs 50 lifeguards each year.

Fifty lifeguards are annually employed at Cape Cod National Seashore.

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Cape Cod National Seashore employs approximately 50 lifeguards to cover six protected beaches. The lifeguard employment turnover rate is roughly 10% to 20% annually which results in 5 to 10 openings to fill each year.

The lifeguard season starts in mid-June and ends on Labor Day. All lifeguards work 40 hours per week and 5 days per week. The work day is from 09:00 hrs. to 17:30 hrs. Housing is available to rent through the Seashore.


  1. Applicant must be 17 years old before the first day of employment.
  2. Applicant must have six months (calculated as 32 hours per week for six months or the equivalent number of hours, 832) of general work experience. This does not have to be lifeguarding experience.
  3. Applicant must complete a physical fitness pre-test which consists of a 600 yard swim in less than 10 minutes, a 1.5 mile run in under 12 minutes, and a 125 foot underwater swim with only four breaths.
  4. Applicants must pass a urinalysis drug screening.
  5. Applicant must pass a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check.
  6. On the first day of employment, applicant must pass a swim-run test consisting of a 500 yard ocean swim followed immediately by a ½ mile run, in under 20 minutes.


CCNS lifeguard openings are posted at http://www.usajobs.gov along with all the other federal civilian jobs. Positions are posted between late February and early March. The last date for applications is in late April. Applicants have 6 to 8 weeks to apply.

Officially, there are several methods to submit a completed application. We highly recommend the use of the usajobs.com application manager to create a resume and submit an application online.

Did You Know?

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, Provincetown, MA

The Old Harbor Life-Saving Station in Provincetown, MA is one of the few surviving, unaltered life-saving stations left in the country. The station was built in 1898 and is open in the summer months with a display of rescue equipment, and NPS staff re-enact the historic Breeches Buoy rescue drill.