Fun employment: Recruiters hiring for more than 600 Coney Island summer gigs at upcoming job fairs

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Spend your summer under the Coney sun!

Coney Islanders looking for summer gigs can apply to more than 600 seasonal jobs at a pair of free upcoming recruitment fairs in the neighborhood.

Recruiters will screen potential workers at the two events — which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 29 and 30 at MCU Park — for a variety of full-time positions before droves of tourists descend on the People’s Playground for some seasonal fun, according to information from local organization the Alliance for Coney Island, which is co-sponsoring the events along with Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island), the neighborhood’s Workforce1 Center, and local business owners.

The hosts are looking to fill a variety of gigs — including ride and game operators, line and prep cooks, food servers, cashiers, and camp counselors, among others — at locations including Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, Luna Park, the Surf Avenue outpost of Applebee’s Grill and Bar, Ruby’s Bar and Grill on the Riegelmann Boardwalk, and at the YMCA, among others, according to information from the Alliance.

And applicants who land a job can get started right away, because training for many of the roles will begin almost immediately, according to Alliance executive director Alexandra Silversmith, who added that most of the jobs will wrap up in the early fall.

Pay for the positions will range from minimum wage — $15 an hour for businesses with 11 or more employees — to slightly higher rates based on applicants’ work experience, Silversmith said. Recruiters are looking for “motivated, reliable, and courteous individuals with flexible schedules to work in this high-energy environment,” she added.

Most of the positions require candidates to be at least 18 years old or older, with a high school diploma or its equivalent. But reps from the amusement district will also be hiring for less than 50 game operator positions, which 16-to-17-year-olds can apply for, Silversmith said.

Attendees should dress in business-casual attire, bring a resume and photo identification, and register online in advance, according to the Alliance.

The fairs follow another job recruitment event that the Alliance and Treyger co-sponsored last month, plus four free employment workshops co-sponsored by the Alliance and Kingsborough Community College that took place over the past month.

Coney Island Job Recruitment Event at MCU Park (1904 Surf Ave. at W. 19th Street in Coney Island, www.allianceforconeyisland.org). April 29 and 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.