• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Lifeguard Job Opportunities


Lifeguards are needed for the National Park Service lifeguard team at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Recruitement is underway for up to ten lifeguards in the Florida District and four lifeguards on West Ship Island for the Mississippi District. This seasonal job opportunity is a wonderful way to get experience in the National Park Service and to earn a salary. For more information please contact John Hunter, Water Safety Coordinator, at 850-916-5634 or 850-232-5883.

Gulf Islands offers a Junior Lifeguards Program see link for more information.


Did You Know?

A view of the Advanced Redoubt drawbridge.

The Third System fortifications consisted of 42 forts built between 1816 and 1870. They were used to guard all the principal harbors, rivers, and naval yards of the United States. Only the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas at Gulf Islands National Seashore was built entirely for land defense.