ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul directed a pay increase for state lifeguards to help address a staffing shortage at New York State Park beaches and pools.
“All New Yorkers deserve the opportunity to safely enjoy our public beaches and pools this summer,” Governor Hochul said. “With a lifeguard shortage threatening access to swimming facilities, we are aggressively recruiting more lifeguards to ensure safe access to outdoor recreation during the summer months.”
The increase is aimed at addressing a staffing shortage at New York State Park beaches and pools.
Starting pay rates for lifeguards at upstate facilities will increase 34 percent, from $14.95 per hour to $20 dollars per hour, and 21 percent for lifeguards.
The new pay rates will go into effect immediately for lifeguards at swimming facilities operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. This will also include lifeguards employed by SUNY and CUNY.
Pay rates will also increase for lifeguards with more than two seasons of experience, ranging from five percent to 30 percent, depending on location and experience.
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