The park mentioned in March it deliberate to rent about 2,100 seasonal employees this yr. The park was closed final summer time season due to the pandemic, however opened in December for a particular vacation occasion.
It elevated its beginning pay for part-time seasonal employees this yr to $13 per hour, with lifeguard jobs beginning at $15 per hour. The earlier beginning wage was $9.25 per hour.
The park additionally plans to fill 80 new full-time positions, with advantages and wages beginning at $16 per hour, for culinary and operations roles.
At Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Nation USA, these parks are open all days this month, however working on shorter hours, in keeping with its web site. Busch Gardens is closings on some weekdays at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. whereas Water Nation USA is closing on sure weekdays at 5 p.m.
The theme parks close to Williamsburg are also hiring for culinary jobs, trip operators and lifeguards, with positions now ranging from $13 to $15.50 per hour. The parks are also providing a $200 sign-on bonus, in keeping with its web site.
The challenges of hiring sufficient employees is occurring at different theme parks throughout the nation, mentioned Dennis Speigel, the founder and CEO of Worldwide Theme Park Companies Inc., a Cincinnati-based consulting agency to the points of interest and leisure trade.
A number of components are inflicting the labor scarcity downside for theme parks, mentioned Speigel, who served as the primary basic supervisor when Kings Dominion opened in 1975.