An employee in the maintenance division makes structural repairs.
An employee in the maintenance division makes structural repairs.


How to look for jobs at Gateway

Gateway is more than just rangers. We have mechanics and biologists, lawyers and architects, law enforcement officers and lifeguards. To find out opportunities for long-term employment, check out, for our current listing of permanent and term vacancies. You can create your own search by typing locations, such as New York City, and agencies, such as the National Park Service.

Learn more about the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows qualified individuals serving under time-limited appointments in a land management agency to compete for permanent positions in the competitive service.


Seasonal Employment

Gateway hires hundreds of summer employees to welcome and educate visitors, conduct research, protect our resources, keep our parks beautiful, and so much more. Our summer season is May through September.

Tips When Applying for Seasonal Positions

  • All applicants must go through for positions. Gateway does not accept resumes directly from applicants.
  • Search for vacancies on USAJobs. Search "National Park Service", search the locations (New York City or Highlands, N.J.) and select "Temporary" in the Work Type field.

Interested in Law Enforcement at Gateway?

Gateway uses both Law Enforcement Rangers and US. Park Police to enforce the laws at this park.
Lifeguards on duty at Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit
Lifeguards on duty at Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit

National Park Service

Summer Lifeguard Positions

The National Park Service hires almost 200 surf lifeguards each summer at Gateway's three units. There are two steps to getting hired. The first step involves submitting an application through Create an account with and create alerts for future openings. Positions are also announced on Gateway's Facebook page,

For summer 2020, five levels of surf lifeguard positions have been posted to Depending on experience, applicants could apply from jobs ranging from beginner and lead lifeguards (recreation aid GS3, GS4; lead recreation aid GS5) to supervisory lifeguard (supervisory recreation assistant GS6, GS7). This continuous announcement is open to 6/26/20 or until all positions have been filled.

The second step involves a swimming test. All applicants must pass all parts of a surf-lifeguard test. Times and places are listed below, along with information about test requirements and locations. You must bring proof of age with you to the test site. If you are under 18 at the date of the test, your parent or legal guardian must accompany you to the test site.

March 15, 7 a.m. Elizabeth H.S. - NJ
April 18, 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's College - Patchogue
April 26, 7 a.m. Elizabeth H.S. - NJ
May 24, 7 a.m. Elizabeth H.S. - NJ

Please note - the test originally scheduled for March 21 at Fordham University has been cancelled.

Surf-Lifeguard Test Dates

Surf Lifeguard Test Locations

Surf-Lifeguard Test Requirements

Last updated: March 12, 2020

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