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Reef Bay

Assistant Reef Bay Guide

The Assistant Reef Bay Guide will support Virgin Islands National Park’s Interpretive Rangers in the implementation of the Reef Bay Hike program. If you love hiking and telling stories about Virgin Islands nature and culture, this is the position for you. Please read the job description and send a resume and cover letter to Mark Gestwicki at

Learn To Swim

Free Lifeguard Training

March 7 to 9
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park and St. John Rescue are hosting an American Red Cross In Person Lifeguarding course Thursday March 7 (8am to 5pm), Friday March 8 (8am to 5pm), and Saturday March 9 (8am to 11am) at the St. John Rescue Building with Pedro Altieri of Total Aquatics of Puerto Rico as the instructor.
The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Students will receive training in lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Candidates must be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. They must be able to swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. To do this, they may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. Candidates must also be able to tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs with their hands under the armpits. Candidates must complete the following within 1 minute and 40 seconds: starting in the water, swim 20 yards without swim goggles face in or out. Surface dive feet first or head first to a depth of 7 – 10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object. Then return to the surface and swim 20 yards holding to 10 pound object using both hands.
Space is limited to the first ten to twelve people to sign up. The Friends will cover the cost of $385 per participant. All participants should be willing to sign a letter of intent to be involved with the Friends Learn to Swim Program in a paid capacity, whether as a lifeguard, water safety instructor, or beachside presenter.
For further information or to sign up for the class, please contact Tara Murza at 
Learn To Swim

Become A Swim Instructor / Lifeguard

Teach Learn To Swim classes on first and third Saturdays throughout the year, and summer camp sessions from June to early August. Training provided if needed. 


Teacher Financial Assistance

The Friends will pay for all transportation costs (taxis and ferrys) for field trips in the park, and will pay for a demonstrator or guide. Contact Taylor White at if you have any questions.

Summer Trail Crew

Summer Trail Crew

The Summer Trail Crew program is for Virgin Islands high school students (ages 15-19).  It is a 6 week summer job that gives students the opportunity to gain professional experience and learn about natural resource management and the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John.  Applications for 2023 are closed.



Friends believes that the future of conservation on St. John resides in our youth and offers a number of scholarships to that end.  Applications for 2024/25 open in April 2024.