Holiday World preparing to fill 2,100 seasonal jobs

Holiday World preparing to fill 2,100 seasonal jobs
Officials showed off a rendering of the park's new ride, The Mayflower, that will be located in the Thanksgiving section.
Officials showed off a rendering of the park's new ride, The Mayflower, that will be located in the Thanksgiving section.

SANTA CLAUS, IN (WFIE) - Holiday World & Splashin' Safari officials say they expect to review a record number of job applications as they prepare to fill 2,100 seasonal positions in the coming months.  

"We're looking for friendly and energetic individuals who enjoy working with people," says Holiday World & Splashin' Safari President Matt Eckert. "We need ride operators, lifeguards, and sweepers, plus staff for admissions, shops, games and foods. We're like a small city – we have quite a variety of jobs available."

This year, Holiday World say it has added to its library of Job Preview Videos, featuring actual employees explaining their daily responsibilities, including what they enjoy and what they find challenging.

"These YouTube videos – which are also available on our website – pull back the curtain to show job seekers what is involved in working in eight different departments here at the park," says Eckert. "We hope the videos will help applicants decide ahead of time where they'd most enjoy working."

Most of the park's seasonal positions are available to applicants who will be 16 years and older by May 2014. A limited number of additional jobs require a minimum age of 14 years by May.

Applicants must be at least 14 years old on the date their online application is submitted. Retirees and other adults seeking seasonal employment are also encouraged to apply.

To view the videos and fill out an application, job seekers should visit

Officials say first-year employees earn a base rate of $7.25 to $8.15 an hour. Benefits include: a personal Season Pass, park food and merchandise discounts, free soft drinks, employee parties, incentive and awards programs, free admission to other parks, and more.

This season, the park will again offer an Employee Transportation Program for seasonal employees who would not otherwise have a ride to work. Available at a nominal fee, bus rides will be offered in Huntingburg, Newburgh, Boonville, Evansville and Tell City, Indiana, plus Owensboro, Kentucky.

Officials say Holiday World opens for the season on May 3 with the debut of Mayflower.

"Very excited to be adding the Mayflower, which is a swinging ship ride. Our guests have been asking for that for a long, long time. I'm personally pretty excited about it too, because that's one of those traditional theme park rides that everyone looks for," Eckert shares with 14 News.

14 News is also told Mrs. Klaus Kitchen will get a makeover and a new retail store called The Outpost, will be going in next to the water lockers. A new restaurant, Wildebeestro, will also be built in the back of the water park.

Both parks will be open daily beginning May 16.

For more information about seasonal job opportunities, visit Holiday World's website. You can email or call 812-937-5252 with any employment questions.

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