For hire: Seasonal businesses bring summer job opportunities to the Panhandle

For hire: Seasonal businesses bring summer job opportunities to the Panhandle
Starlight Ranch Event Center (Source: KFDA)
Starlight Ranch Event Center (Source: KFDA)
Wonderland Amusement Park (Source: KFDA)
Wonderland Amusement Park (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Summer is just around the corner, and seasonal businesses are busy getting their workforce together.

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For the City of Amarillo, summer openings in the parks and pools have the Parks and Recreation Department busy with hiring.

"We have our recreation leader positions we still have open and the positions work Monday through Friday," said Shelley Gallagher, Recreation Supervisor with Amarillo Parks and Recreation.

"We've got about 20 positions for lifeguards and about 15 to 20 swim instructor positions," said Andrew Porras, Aquatic Supervisor with Amarillo Parks and Recreation.

The department stresses no prior knowledge is needed since they provide training for all jobs.

"We provide all of their training. We provide their lifeguard training. We provide their first aid and CPR training. We provide all of their game training and their swim lesson training, so they don't have to come to us with any training at all," said Gallagher. "We do that for all of our positions that we are offering."

A full list of job openings with the City of Amarillo, including all seasonal positions, is available online on the city's website.

Now open for the summer and full of new activities, Starlight Ranch is hiring for many summer positions between the ranch and Big Texan properties.

"We'll hire about 250 people to work this summer at the different operations that we," said Bobby Lee, co-owner of Starlight Ranch and The Big Texan. "It's an opportunity for us to give the kids jobs for the first time and give them a chance to try it out and see if they like it."

Starlight Ranch has a post on Facebook where users can apply and view available openings.

Wonderland Park is also open for the season and is doing summer hiring, opening new opportunities for young hires. They say it's important to give proper experience to those just starting out in the workforce.

"We train them into an area into an area that encourages them to learn how to talk to people how to be with people and how to understand instructions when they're given and give them some responsibility," said Paul Borchardt, owner and general manager of Wonderland Park. "You have to start somewhere and might as well start and learn a good way of doing it."

Those interested in applying at the local amusement park can do so on the Wonderland Park website.

As for Parks and Rec, they note the summer jobs are available for all ages - from teens to adults.

"I think all ages need to get job experience. So being able to start them, we know primarily most of our employees are first time employees," said Gallagher.

With that knowledge and understanding, job seekers of all ages will have opportunities this summer.

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