• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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  • Partial Closure on Horn Island

    Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »

  • Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph

    Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.

Lifeguard Pay Scale

2008 Lifeguards at Gulf Islands

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The salary for open water lifeguards at Gulf Islands NS depends on qualifications and experience.

Lifeguard GS-3: 6 months of general experience--$14.09 an hour

Lifeguard GS-4: 6 months general experience and 6 months specialized experience--$14.50 an hour

Lead Lifeguard GS-5: 1 year equivalent to at least a GS-4--$15.24

Did You Know?

Rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchling moving towards the Gulf.

Of the seven species of sea turtles, four species nest at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Sea turtle hatchlings instinctively head for areas of brighter light. Artificial lighting causes thousands of hatchling deaths each year.