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Kennywood, Sandcastle, Idlewild and SoakZone begin summer hiring push

WEST MIFFLIN — Winter might be here, but that doesn’t mean the human resources teams at Kennywood, Sandcastle Waterpark and Idlewild and SoakZone are in hibernation. In fact, February is a critical time as the Pittsburgh region’s premier family attractions gear up for summer by recruiting close to 3,000 seasonal team members to bring the fun to life.

Kennywood continues in its longtime role as the largest youth employer in the Tri-State Area. The park seeks to hire about 1,500 individuals to work in its rides, games, food and beverage, grounds and public safety departments. Idlewild will hire about 800 employees and Sandcastle approximately 400 people for the same departments. Those parks are also recruiting lifeguards and offering free lifeguard training.

While high school and college students are traditionally the bulk of each park’s seasonal staff, the number of mid-career professionals and senior citizens choosing to spend part of their summer months on amusement park midways continues to grow.

“Working at Kennywood is a great first entry to a young adult’s resume,” says Joe Barron, human resources director for Kennywood and Sandcastle. “But it’s also a wonderful opportunity for seniors and others looking to supplement their income with a job that’s engaging, unique and often quite fun!”

Employment at Kennywood, Sandcastle and Idlewild brings perks including flexible scheduling, scholarship programs, free admission to all three parks and other regional amusement parks, discounted tickets for friends and family, team-building activities such as movie nights, intramural sports competitions and discounts on park food and merchandise.

Retirees, adults and teenagers interested in seasonal work are encouraged to apply online today. Most Kennywood, Sandcastle and Idlewild seasonal positions are available to applicants age 16 and older. Some job opportunities are available to those age 14 and 15.

For those interested in learning more about working at Kennywood and Sandcastle, the parks will host job fairs at Kennywood on Feb. 29 and March 1 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Idlewild will host similar events on March 7 and April 11, both from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information and to apply online, visit the Employment pages of each park: Kennywood, Sandcastle or Idlewild.

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