2023 ODNR Seasonal Lifeguard – Hocking Hills State Park

Who we are:

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is committed to its mission “To ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.” Our agency embraces the insightful use of our natural resources to assure the continued safety, happiness and prosperity of Ohio’s people.

ODNR owns and manages state parks, state forests, state nature preserves and wildlife areas. We license all hunting, fishing and watercraft; oversee and permit all mineral extraction, monitor dam safety, manage water resources and serve as the second largest Law Enforcement presence in the State of Ohio.

This is a seasonal (unclassified) position for the Division of Parks & Watercraft, headquartered at Hocking Hills State Park, assigned to Hocking county. The address is 19852 State Route 664, Logan, Ohio 43138 . Click the following link to learn more about the Hocking Hills State Park . These positions are utilized during the division’s typical busiest season which runs from May through September.

Position Description:

Rescues swimmers in distress (e.g., enters water to aid potential drowning victims; uses rescue equipment (e.g., rescue tube, rescue board; canoe) to tow/pull swimmer to safety): performs emergency first aid (e.g., administers cardiopulmonary resuscitation; holds compress to bleeding area; covers victim).

Guards designated swimming area against drownings & related accidents; advises public of pertinent provisions of Ohio Revised Code & Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Parks & Watercraft Division rules & regulations; requests public’s compliance with laws, rules & regulations; summons law enforcement for enforcement of rules & regulations; attends training sessions.

Completes incident report forms; inspects safety equipment for any needed repairs; maintains swimming area (e.g., picks up litter, empties trash containers, checks restrooms, vending machines, mows grass, paints surfaces); keeps supervisor well informed of swimming area maintenance needs (cleaning, chemical adjustments, and repairs).


Exposed to weather; exposed to potentially hostile general public; exposed to danger in performing water rescue; works weekends, evenings & rotating shifts

American Red Cross lifeguard training certificate or American Red Cross lifeguard training certificate 2, YMCA – National YMCA lifeguard certificate, Boy Scouts Of America – BSA lifeguard certificate or BSA aquatic instructor certificate, Ellis & Associates – national pool & watermark lifeguard training certificate, or nationally recognized equivalent; CPR (i.e., cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate.

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