West Virginia’s state parks operate and maintain 22 swimming pools for public use as well as for those using parks for summer vacation. They offer attractive summer employment opportunities and possible career entry for those who qualify as certified lifeguards.
“Lifeguarding is a coveted summer job and, many times, it is the first step into considering parks as a career,” said Sam England, chief of the West Virginia Parks and Recreation Section of the Division of Natural Resources. “We have a lot of swimming pools across the state offering lifeguarding job opportunities.”
Swimming pool lifeguards must be certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillators) use.
Lifeguarding employment is available this summer at these West Virginia state parks:
• Beech Fork State Park
Near Barboursville and Huntington
304-528-5794
• Lost River State Park
Near Mathias, Hardy County
304-897-5372
• Tygart Lake State Park
Near Grafton, Taylor County
304-265-6144
• Panther WMA
Near Iaeger, McDowell County
304-938-2252
• Pipestem Resort State Park
Near Hinton and Athens, Summers County
304-466-1800
• Twin Falls State Park
Near Pineville and Mullens, Wyoming County
304-294-4000
• Cedar Creek State Park
Glenville, Gilmer County
304-462-8517
• North Bend State Park
Near Cairo and Harrisville, Ritchie County
304-643-2931

To apply for lifeguarding employment, contact the specific park. The listed parks are actively recruiting lifeguards; however, not all parks with swimming areas are listed. Interested individuals should contact any park with swimming pools to see what is available. To learn more, visit www.wvstateparks.com, “Resource Center”.

West Virginia state parks are looking for certified lifeguards to fill the elevated chairs like these at the North Bend State Park swimming pool.  Photo courtesy of West Virginia Department of Commerce
West Virginia state parks are looking for certified lifeguards to fill the elevated chairs like these at the North Bend State Park swimming pool. Photo courtesy of West Virginia Department of Commerce