Employment options abound in summer
As the snow melts and vanishes from the resorts, so, in a sense, do the employees in Park City.
"We do have temporary workers that just stay for the main season and then take off," said Paul Scheutzle, manager at the Grub Steak Restaurant.
Some of the workers, Scheutzle said, are contract laborers that work for the ski resorts and then find second jobs at the restaurants or hotels. After their stay in Park City, they go to work in different parts of the country to work in other resort towns.
Other seasonal employees, however, are forced to find new jobs as they are let go.
"This year I don’t know what to expect, but we tend to have an increased number of people come in to Workforce Services in the spring," said Samuel Hendricksen, employment counselor for the Department of Workforce Services of Park City. "It depends if they have a job set up."
Those who are employed during the winter usually know the work is seasonal.
"Not many people are naive," Scheutzle said. "Everybody is well aware of what’s going on and I
tell them what the situation is."
Many workers plan what they will do after their employment is over. As a result, there are fewer people who leave a winter job without options.
According to Hendricksen, last year’s numbers of unemployed workers seemed to be down from previous years. Workforce services directs unemployed people to the unemployment office in Salt Lake. But there are some things Workforce Services can do for those looking for jobs.
"What we do have here is computers available for job searching, for sending emails to employers," Hendrickson said. "We provide assistance like food stamps and medical assistance and training assistance if they qualify. If they have some problems after that in obtaining employment, we have other financial assistance if, say, they have disabilities."
As of now, the Park City department has three computers, a fax machine and a phone to call employers.
"It’s a smaller scale," Hendricksen said. "We rotate from Heber to Park City."
Hendricksen said the Web site, http://www.jobs.utah.gov , has as many or more of the benefits of coming into the office.
"Our website is available 24/7," Hendricksen said. "People can search for jobs any time day or night, employer information and they can file for unemployment too. There’s also an online help that they can call as well. You don’t have to come to our office, but you can if you want."
Fortunately for those looking for jobs this spring, there are a lot of options.
"I think there is going to be employment for people that are laid off, there’s plenty of employment," said Tom Anderson, business consultant for the Department of Workforce Services.
Anderson said there will be a huge demand for seasonal labor.
"I think the biggest thing that we’ve seen all along is the increase in construction work," Anderson said. "Landscaping, carpenters and framers are always in demand. Seasonal laborers and general laborers are in shortage and there are plenty of those jobs for the summer."
Some of the construction and landscape crews are already hiring and Anderson expects more as the weather warms.
"I think most people can find work in the area," Anderson said. "There’s more employment around here in the summers than there used to be. (Park City) can take care of the people that want to stay here."
For those who want to continue working in similar recreation fields, there are also seasonal summer jobs available.
"Most of them who are being laid off are working in the resorts and there are a lot of retail jobs and tourist jobs available, even though it’s the end of the winter," Anderson said.
Many of the instructors, snowmakers and groomers "flip-flop in the same job or work as river guides, fishing guides, in the forest service or any number of seasonal summer jobs," said Chris Lampe, human resources manager for Park City Mountain Resort.
"There’s a lot of job opportunities that we have in the summer," said Kim Mayhew, director of human resources at Deer Valley. "We have a lot of on-mountain projects scheduled for the summer. Our summer camp has grown immensely and we are looking to hire camp. As summer programs grow, more and more people stick around for the summer."
Golf courses and country clubs will also be looking for workers soon. Scheutzle worked for Jeremy Ranch before the Grub Steak.
"Jeremy Ranch will be hiring at the end of April and the first part of May," Scheutzle said.
Park City Mountain Resort employs 1,200 seasonal and full-time employees during the winter and just below 300 during the summer months.
"In the summer we have lift operators, summer ride operators, zip-line operators, positions with kid’s rides, food and beverage folks as well as maintenance for the buildings," Lampe said.
According to Lampe the gap between the summer and winter seasons is diminishing in Park City.
"Summer is a growing, growing business in and of itself," Lampe said. "I think we’ve seen the shoulder season shrink each year."
Summer in other parts of the state is like Park City’s winter, which means open jobs in Southern Utah.
"Another area during the summer is the Moab area," Anderson said. "They come up here with some of their employers and they had a hard time finding people who are willing to go down there. That’s an area in the state that has a sharp increase in employment with hotel and restaurant jobs that are closely related to the jobs here in Park City."
There is a wide range of opportunities for people in search of employment. All one has to do is look.
"Get out there and contact employers, there are plenty of them," Anderson said.
The Park City Department of Workforce Services office is open Monday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Heber office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Park City office is located at 1960 Sidewinder Drive. For more information, call 649-8451. People can also get most of the same benefits by logging on to the Web site http://www.jobs.utah.gov .
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