Holiday World set to fill 2,100 for summer season

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SANTA CLAUS – As Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari prepares for its busy summer season, the amusement park needs to fill 2,100 jobs in the coming months.

Park officials expect to get a record number of applications for a variety of seasonal jobs, including ride operators, lifeguards, and sweepers as well as positions in admissions, shops, games and foods.

“We’re looking for friendly and energetic individuals who enjoy working with people,” said Matt Eckert, president of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. “We’re like a small city – we have quite a variety of jobs available.”

Most of the seasonal jobs are open to applicants who will be 16 years and older by May 2013. A few positions have a minimum age of 14 years old. The park also said retirees and adults looking for seasonal work should apply.

First-year employees get paid a base rate of $7.25 to $8.15 an hour. Perks include a personal Season Park, discounts on park food and merchandise, employee parties, free soft drinks, incentive and awards programs and free admission to other parks.

So applicants can get a “taste” of what each position is like, Holiday World has developed a series of YouTube videos previewing each job. The videos feature actual workers who describe their daily responsibilities and what’s enjoyable and challenging about their job.

“These YouTube videos – which are also available on our website – pull back the curtain to show job seekers what is involved in working in six different departments here at the park,” Eckert said. “We hope the videos will help applicants decide ahead of time where they’d most enjoy working.”

Holiday World opens for the season on May 4. Both parks will be open daily beginning May 10. For more information about jobs at Holiday World and to see the videos, visit the park’s website.

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