Summer resort jobs are going fast
Summer employment opportunities may come before the snow melts and grass turns green for the three main ski resorts in Park City.
Kim Mayhew, human recourses director at Deer Valley explained that at this time, the resort has only two positions still available for summer, "We hire from the pool of our winter people," she said.
Hiring from within the resort’s winter staff is one way Deer Valley encourages its employees to stick around for the summer. The employees know us and we know they perform well, explained Mayhew. "Most staff members consider this a reward because there are so few summer positions available," Mayhew said.
The Deer Valley Human Resources staff talk with department managers in March for an assessment on who is returning for summer employment, Mayhew explained.
The resort tries to post the open positions in mid-March with the intention of catching the winter employees before they leave after the ski season, Mayhew said.
Deer Valley hires summer employees to serve as bike patrollers, lift operators and summer camp staff. Mayhew explained that the resort has 400 year-round employees along with seasonal staff members, "We hire 300 people for inside and outside operations and lodging operations for the summer" Mayhew said.
Although Canyons summer staff is a mere fraction of the 1,800 employees they hire for the winter season, Senior Human Resources Manager Bruno Schwartz ensures that the resort hires between 600 to 700 employees for the summer.
"This year we’ve had more requests from our winter staff to stay for the summer," Schwartz said.
Between the summer concert series, Farmers Market and outdoor activities, Canyons is able to keep its staff members busy. Lift operators stay for the summer for mountain biking, patrollers work with mountain bikers and others help with building trails. The rest are year-round maintenance and security," Schwartz said.
For winter employees looking for a new adventure, Canyons partners with summer resorts all over the country, explained Human Resources Manager Lindsay Clarke.
In January, Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort hosted a two-day expo that brought together summer resort recruiting teams and employees.
Representatives from more than 10 resorts from other areas attended the event including The Grand Hotel, on Mackinac Island, Mich., Lake Powell Resort and Marina, Ariz., and Mesa Verde, Colo., Schwartz explained.
"The recruiting teams from these resorts conducted interviews on the spot," Clarke said.
The partnership between Canyons and the summer destination resorts encourages Canyons employees to return the following season, "It’s a great partnership because we’re keeping our top performers and cross referencing with other resorts," Clarke said.
Park City Mountain Resort:
Krista Parry, director of marketing and communications at Park City Mountain Resort explained that the resort hires summer employees for the activities located toward the base of the mountain, such as the ZipRider, Alpine Slide and Coaster.
"We have a big percentage of seasonal employees who work in the winter and summer, even though they are seasonal," Parry said.
New to PCMR this summer is Crescent Burger, an outdoor restaurant that will serve homemade milkshakes, burgers and fries. Crescent Burger will offer positions for additional food and beverage employees this summer, Parry explained.
Along with Deer Valley and Canyons, PCMR also offers summer positions to its winter employees before posting the job openings online.
"We offer internally first and then advertise externally on our website," Parry said, adding that the resort received a lot of applications from people wanting to stick around this summer.
Chris Lampe, director of human resources at PCMR said the resort hires more than 240 employees for the summer. "Depending on snow we start setting up for summer around this time, but it might be delayed a week (this year) due to snow," Lampe said.
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