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Hersheypark hiring 500 seasonal employees

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 06:01 PM CDT
Reported by: Michael Gorsegner

One of Central Pennsylvania’s largest employers is looking for a lot of help. 

Hersheypark has about 500 jobs it needs to fill before the park swings open its gates on the summer season. 

It’s hard to imagine the water park bustling with kids, but in just a few months Hersheypark will be open for the full summer season.

It takes over 4,000 seasonal employees to make this place operate and they are still looking for a bunch of good people.

“If you envision yourself working here at Hersheypark, now is the chance,” said Shelley Mastrella, Director of Talent Acquisition.

The sweetest place on earth is looking for a few good men and women.  Actually, a lot more than a few. Hersheypark is looking to fill about 500 seasonal jobs for the summer.

“It’s a great place to start. It’s fun. You get to work with your friends.  You earn money. You get free hp tickets which isn’t bad,” said Mastrella.

To get the park up and running takes about 4,200 employees, from ride operators to guest service attendants.

“If you enjoy the excitement and the energy that comes from working in a fast-paced environment, than this is where you want to be,” Mastrella said.

“It is very fast-paced, very exciting, music and children laughing and playing,” said Scott Siler, Acquatics Manager.

One of the largest needs comes in one of the coolest places in the park.  Hersheypark needs about 90 lifeguards for the boardwalk. 

The training is intense and the job requires that certain personality. 

“They have to be able to relate well with their team, interact with their team members and they have to exceed guest expectations,” Siler said.

To qualify for a lifeguard position, an applicant needs to be 16-years-old and complete a 24-hour training course.

But Hersheypark picks up the entire tab, making this a perfect chance for someone looking to make a difference.

“It’s just an amazing opportunity to get to makes someone’s day and allow them to make memory that will last the rest of their lives,” said Siler.

Lifeguards earn $8.80 an hour and are usually scheduled for 32 to 40 hours a week. Besides paying for training, Hershey also pays for all of the uniforms making it cost-free to get up and running. 

Hersheypark opens for spring on April 12th and the Boardwalk opens for business on May 24th.

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Hersheypark hiring 500 seasonal employees

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