ORLANDO – As the summer tourism season gets underway, along comes another reminder that this industry is leading the way toward job creation across Central Florida: SeaWorld Orlando Parks is holding a hiring event this week.
The theme park’s aim” to fill hundreds of seasonal positions, as the local tourism economy continues to rebound.
“Are you looking for a ‘splashy’ job where you can meet amazing people and work in an incredible environment?” the theme park giant noted in a press release sent out to highlight the hiring program.
SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica are hiring for hundreds of seasonal jobs that are expected to last through the summer and into the fall holiday season.
All three parks are trying to fill a variety of positions, including lifeguards, games/vending hosts, culinary attendants, park quality hosts, and prep cooks.
The pay range for these positions is $8.04 to $9.50 per hour, and applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Anyone interested in these jobs should first apply online at seaworldjobs.com, then attend a special hiring event on Tuesday, June 26 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at SeaWorld Orlando’s Human Resources Building, located at 6283 Sea Harbor Drive.
As the theme park noted, seasonal employees are eligible for several benefits, including free entry to SeaWorldOrlando and Aquatica, park tickets for friends and family members, and access to numerous “team member events.”
Tourism remains Florida’s No. 1 industry, employing more than one million Floridians, and every 85 visitors who visit the Sunshine State help create or support one Florida job.
The tourism industry has been leading the state in terms of hiring for the past year, and helped bring down Florida’s unemployment rate, which was among the highest in the nation until recent months.
“Last week, we received welcome news about Florida’s economy,” Gov. Rick Scott said on Saturday in his weekly radio address. “Our state continues to head in the right direction. In May, Florida’s unemployment dropped to 8.6 percent. This is the lowest level we’ve seen in Florida since December 2008. In the last 17 months, Florida’s unemployment rate fell 2.5 percentage points.”
In addition to the hiring event at SeaWorld, the second annual Career and Networking Expo in Hillsborough County will be held Thursday, Aug. 16 at Rasmussen College in Tampa.
The event is expected to feature dozens of employers in a variety of industries, all of them ready to hire.
The job fair, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is being sponsored by the office of U.S. Congressman Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, who said providing job fairs will remain a focus of his office as long as the economy remains weak.
“There is no ‘Democrat unemployed’ or ‘Republican unemployed.’ There are only the families keeping hope alive that opportunity will come knocking,” Ross said. “Our neighbors are hurting. While we all wait on this government to stop punishing and demonizing job creators, I will not stop doing what I can at home to put my neighbors and fellow citizens back to work.”
The Career and Networking Expo, he added, “offers a tremendous opportunity for many to obtain an initial interview, make an impression, show their motivation to work — and get a job.”
To learn more about this job fair, call Ross’ district office at 863-644-8215.
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