• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.


Jobs at Fire Island
Fire Island National Seashore hires a limited number of temporary employees each year, and refills vacant permanent positions as workload and funding permits. Several summer seasonal positions are advertised from late January through early spring.

You may see a list of the latest vacancies for these and other federal positions at usajobs.gov. You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify and a valid state drivers license is required for most positions.


Additional Requirements for Lifeguards
All lifeguards must pass a pre-employment exam before applying. Tests are generally conducted during the winter or early spring.

For more information on lifeguard positions:


Internships at Fire Island
There are also opportunities to work at Fire Island through the Student Conservation Association internship program. Fire Island National Seashore fills wildlife management and general biology intern positions in the spring, and early and late summer. These are non-paid positions, but a small stipend and housing is provided. Please visit www.thesca.org/internships for more information.


Did You Know?

Seal on beach in winter.

Seals occasionally bask on Fire Island beaches in winter. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance. Remember to give these wild mammals plenty of room to retreat if you encounter one during your winter hike! More...