UPDATE: Recruiters postpone start of Coney Island job fair

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Organizers of a summer-job fair in Coney Island cancelled the event’s Monday session due to inclement weather, and encouraged interested applicants to attend on Tuesday, when recruiters will look to fill at least 600 seasonal positions at the seaside amusement district.

“Due to factors beyond our control, we have no choice but to postpone the event until Tuesday. Our first concern is always safety and if travel conditions are dangerous, we do not want to put anyone in harm’s way,” said Cindy Godla, a rep for the Alliance for Coney Island, which sponsors the fair.

Recruiters at the ninth-annual job fair, which is slated to run from 10 am to 4 pm on March 5 at MCU Park, will screen eager workers for a variety of mostly part-time positions, which they hope to fill before tourists descend on the People’s Playground this summer, according to the Alliance’s executive director Alexandra Silversmith.

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, Ford Amphitheater, the Surf Avenue outpost of Applebee’s Grill and Bar, and at the YMCA, 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, said Silversmith, who added that most of the jobs will officially begin between April and May, and 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 said.

Most of the positions require candidates to be 18-years-old or older, with a high school diploma or its equivalent. But some opportunities — including ticket-taking and usher roles at the Amphitheater — will be available for 16-to-17-year-olds, Silversmith said. Alliance reps will also provide youngsters at the job fair with information about other local posts they are eligible to apply for.

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

Other sponsors of the job fair include Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island), the city’s Economic Development Corporation, and local businesses and organizations.

Coney Island Job Recruitment Event at MCU Park (1904 Surf Ave. at W. 19th Street in Coney Island, www.allianceforconeyisland.org). March 5; 10 am–4 pm. Free.

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

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