Playland job fair opens up possibilities for summer work
Spring is officially here, and in addition to the birds and blooms arriving, the time also heralds in the necessity to look ahead.
Students at the Center for Career Services had an opportunity to do just that during the Playland Job Fair on March 28. The event afforded students an opportunity to interview for a variety of summer positions at Rye Playland, including ride operators, cashiers, EMT personnel, ticket-takers and more.
Melissa Godoy, a junior from New Rochelle High School, took advantage of the opportunity.
“I want to save for college and a car,” she said.
Her friend, Sharol Auyon, was hoping to get a job as a cashier or maybe work in the park’s Kiddyland, where rides and fun are geared to the park’s youngest guests.
Ahead of the fair, students filled out an application and gathered the necessary materials, including their social security cards, identification, and other paperwork. When they arrived at the fair, the information was gathered in a folder waiting for them.
Representatives from the county-owned amusement park were on hand to conduct interviews. More than 20 students participated in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Those who did not fill out their application beforehand also had an opportunity to interview following those who had prepared ahead of time.
Playland Human Resources Manager Darryl Smith said this was the third year his organization had hosted a fair at the center.
He has noticed there is more competition for job seekers now but noted Playland offers benefits that may appeal to high school-aged students. Among them are free rides at the park. The park typically hires more than 600 summer employees.
“It’s an interesting first job for a lot of them,” Mr. Smith said, adding he has been working at the park since he was a teenager.
Operations Manager, Laurence Mee, also began working there as a teen, but eventually left, only to return.
“The people, the kids,” are what brought him back.
“It’s very rewarding when you work with young people and give them skills they will use when they move on,” Mr. Mee said.