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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

State Parks > LIfeguarding in Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs LIfeguarding in Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs

How to Apply

First-year applicants seeking to work at one of Indiana’s State Parks and Reservoirs must take a written lifeguarding test. First-year applicants must pass the test before applying for a job. You will be notified of your score and status soon after you complete and submit the test. 

Candidates who have already worked at a state park or reservoir facility do not need to take the test again. Eligible candidates, meaning returning lifeguards or first-year applicants who have passed the test and been notified of their passing status can then apply for a job through online job postings at careers.IN.gov

Applicants must already be certified in lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer before taking this test. If an applicant is taking a certification class but has but has yet to finish, he or she may take the test but must complete certification before being hired. The test serves as a hiring tool and is not a recertification of any type. Guards must recertify on their own through their local Red Cross and YMCAs before the swim season. 

The swim season generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hiring will begin immediately and last until all positions are filled. Lifeguard positions are available at Brown County, Clifty Falls, Versailles, Spring Mill, Harmonie, O’Bannon Woods, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Mounds, Indiana Dunes, Shakamak and Prophetstown state parks.