BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - Lifeguards hired by the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation can earn up to $1,000 in bonuses this summer.
DCR made the announcement in late March, offering an early-sign on bonus, and an additional $500 bonus for any lifeguard that stays through out the season. Unfortunately the early bonus deadline has come and gone, but there are other incentives being offered to lure in the right candidates. This summer season also offers a pay increase from $20-21 per hour in 2021 to $21-26 per hour.
The move is part of the state's increasing focus on water safety, specifically over the summer months. DCR has also created a new Bureau of Pool and Waterfront Safety to support that goal.
“In an effort to enhance water safety and prevent dangerous situations from occurring, our Administration has taken an approach that includes both increase water safety education and additional safety measures,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By offering early sign-on bonuses, we hope to engage with candidates sooner in the process and ensure the state parks system has a full complement of lifeguards for the upcoming summer season.”
DCR's Bureau of Pool and Waterfront Safety will also include three newly created positions that will work closely with one another. These positions include Director of Pool and Water Safety, a Chief Lifeguard, and a Director of the Learn to Swim Program. Anyone interested in applying, should visit the MassCareer's job portal.
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@KarynRegal) reports