Lifeguard: Seasonal 6/8 to 11/1

Recreation New Paltz, New York



Maintain a safe, sanitary and healthy swimming environment for our guests in Mohonk Lake Beach area.




  • Ensure the safety of all swimmers in and out of the water while visiting our bathing beach.
  • Maintain a clean beach area – including sweeping and raking of sand areas and docks as well as removing weeds and debris.
  • Demonstrate an outgoing and friendly personality such as smiling, initiating conversation, engaging others, and making eye contact.
  • Handout and collect towels. Record guest usage.
  • Sell water to guests.
  • Maintain a clean and safe changing area.
  • Demonstrate comfortableness with lake ecology such as: inability to see the bottom of 60’ deep, snakes, frogs, turtles, and fish in size of approximately 11-20 inches. 
  • Administer First Aid and CPR as needed.
  • Work other areas of Activities on a regular basis, such as: Wheelworks Bike Shop, Kids’ Club, Information Summerhouse, Tennis, Campfires, and special events.
  • Facilitate alternative activities while the beach is closed due to thunder, lightning, or fog.
  • Deal calmly and pleasantly with guests while under pressure.
  • Handle adversity, change and emergency situations calmly and with a level head.
  • Analyze problems and develop and implement action plans to address problems.
  • Work in a manner that will not endanger self or others.
  • Manipulate sports equipment.
  • Memorize a history tour of the grounds, trails, and story of Mohonk and the Smiley Family.
  • Work flexible or changing days and hours; including days, nights, weekends, holidays, and occasionally up to 14 hours per shift.
  • Take the initiative and work without supervision when required and appropriate.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of nature and the outdoors.
  • Perform basic mathematical skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and perform and record cash/credit transactions accurately.
  • Reach with hands and arms, bend, kneel, stoop, twist and flex arms, walk up and down stairs/inclines, sit, climb up/down ladders or stand for up to 5 hours at a time.
  •  Lift up to 75 pounds from ground level to waist level and carry a distance of up to 75 feet with/ without assistance.  Walk up to 7 miles per day.
  • Walk up and down 40 stairs consistently throughout an eight-hour work day.
  • Speak clearly in front of people.
  • Speak, read and write the English language and communicate in a clear and congenial manner, with our guests, visitors and employees.  Hear verbal instructions, directions and warnings.
  • Row a rowboat and maneuver a kayak and rescue board.
  • Lead activities to ensure social interaction amongst the guests and to ensure a happy and safe environment.
  • See close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Identify safety hazards and inspect the work of others by sight, sound, and smell. Ensure hazards are corrected. 
  • Manipulate personal floatation devices (PFDs).
  • Present a neat, clean, and well-groomed appearance in accordance with the Mohonk Mountain House Dress and Grooming Standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of nature and the outdoors.
  • Carry a two-way portable radio and earpiece to communicate and provide immediate response to emergency situations




  • CPR/First Aid and Waterfront Lifeguard certification required.
  • Experience or potential in a people-oriented job or potential for success in a people-oriented job preferred.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Valid driver’s license.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.