Playland Job Fair
Students invited to interview for summer Playland Park jobs
Spring brings flowers, buds on trees and the start of teenagers hunting for a summer job. The students at Southern Westchester BOCES’ Center for Career Services were afforded an opportunity to augment their search during virtual job interviews for positions at Playland Park in Rye as cashiers and ride operators.
“It’s the first time we’ve done it like this,” Work Based Learning Coordinator Garrett Jennings said. “Typically, we would have a Playland hiring fair where representatives would come to campus and students would engage in in-person interviews.”
Rather than applying and meeting with park officials on campus, like in past years, students who were interested in a job at the county park met one-on-one with a park representative via Zoom. Over the course of three days, students could sign up for time for an interview. When their time came, students were asked a series of questions, including prior work experience and how they would handle situations involving park guests.
“It’s a good experience for them to interview virtually and get experience with Zoom,” Mr. Jennings said.
Students interested in applying had filled out a job application ahead of time before they met with Andretta Babb, a Playland cashier supervisor who was interviewing the students.
“Think positively,” was the message students were told as they sat outside of the conference room where the interviews were taking place by those who walked by.
Interviewee and BOCES student Dearielys DelRosario from Yonkers said that she was looking for a summer job and has great memories of visiting Playland as a child.
“I remember running around and getting on the rides,” she said. “I especially liked the water rides.”
Brenda Salas, a Cosmetology student and senior at White Plains High School, said she has been visiting the park since she was young. Her cousin, who worked there in the past said that it was a great summer job. If Brenda gets the job, she plans to use the money she earns for college.
“I love Playland – I’ve been going there since I was a kid,” said Maria Pedroso, a fellow Cosmetology student and senior at Tuckahoe High School. She interviewed for a position as a ride attendant.
When Maria saw the poster for the job fair, she was excited to apply and interview. Her father works for Westchester County and always encourages her to get a job at the Playland.
“Playland was my childhood,” Alexander Rivas Orantes told Ms. Babb, describing why he wants to work at the park. He added that he thought it would be a great place for him to have his first job.
“BOCES students seem very determined and focused,” said Ms. Babb after interviewing several teenagers. “They see education as something that is really important. They seem very driven.”
Students now must wait a couple of weeks to hear if they have been hired. Center for Career Services Interim Principal Evangelo Michas had a positive attitude about the students’ potential success.
“Playland Park always hires BOCES students,” he said, adding working at the park is a great opportunity for a future job with the county.