New Hampshire attractions, amusement parks need to fill hundreds of positions

With the taste of spring in the air, summer will be here before we know it, and we’ll soon be visiting our favorite summer attractions. But these seasonal businesses – like many – are facing a world with fewer people looking for work. Some popular attractions in New Hampshire are already hiring for summer. “We’re no stranger to the worker shortage on the Seacoast,” said Kathryn Nedelka, the assistant general manager at Water Country. At a time when industry experts say they’re facing a global lifeguard shortage, finding pool staff has been a big part of her challenge—but not the only one. “Maintenance, housekeeping, landscaping and those type of positions,” she said. The challenge for places like Story Land and Living Shores Aquarium is no different. “We need a lot of seasonal help to make our parks operate,” said Lauren Hawkins, director of marketing at both summer hot spots. She said businesses are needing to get creative and offer extra incentives to entice potential summer help. The biggest of which – more money. “We’ve increased pay rates on an average of $3 across the board through last year. So, we are paying up to $18 an hour for seasonal staff,” Hawkins said. The three attractions alone still need to hire close to 600 seasonal workers. Despite that large number, there remains a greater level of enthusiasm when it comes to staffing this summer compared to years past. “We do believe that with the work that we’ve done to really invest in training our team – that has stuck with us through some tough times in 2020 and 2021, that we are, we’re optimistic about what 2022 holds for us, Nedelka said. Seasonal jobs are available for teens as young as 14 years old, and Water Country, Story Land and Living Shores will host in-person job fairs this spring. For more information on the 2022 season, job opportunities and more, head to WaterCountry.com , StoryLandNH.com or LivingShores.com.

With the taste of spring in the air, summer will be here before we know it, and we’ll soon be visiting our favorite summer attractions.

But these seasonal businesses – like many – are facing a world with fewer people looking for work. Some popular attractions in New Hampshire are already hiring for summer.

“We’re no stranger to the worker shortage on the Seacoast,” said Kathryn Nedelka, the assistant general manager at Water Country.

At a time when industry experts say they’re facing a global lifeguard shortage, finding pool staff has been a big part of her challenge — but not the only one.

“Maintenance, housekeeping, landscaping and those type of positions,” she said.

The challenge for places like Story Land and Living Shores Aquarium is no different.

“We need a lot of seasonal help to make our parks operate,” said Lauren Hawkins, director of marketing at both summer hot spots.

She said businesses are needing to get creative and offer extra incentives to entice potential summer help. The biggest of which – more money.

“We’ve increased pay rates on an average of $3 across the board through last year. So, we are paying up to $18 an hour for seasonal staff,” Hawkins said.

The three attractions alone still need to hire close to 600 seasonal workers. Despite that large number, there remains a greater level of enthusiasm when it comes to staffing this summer compared to years past.

“We do believe that with the work that we’ve done to really invest in training our team – that has stuck with us through some tough times in 2020 and 2021, that we are, we’re optimistic about what 2022 holds for us, Nedelka said.

Seasonal jobs are available for teens as young as 14 years old, and Water Country, Story Land and Living Shores will host in-person job fairs this spring.

For more information on the 2022 season, job opportunities and more, head to WaterCountry.com, StoryLandNH.com or LivingShores.com.

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