Albany Times Union
Lake George businesses make hiring easy
LAKE GEORGE — Spring is here — and that marks the start of summer hiring season in Lake George.
More than ever, employers are making it easier for people to find summer jobs.
Six Flags Great Escape, for instance, is allowing job-seekers to apply online. And those with below-the-neck tattoos, nose rings and contemporary hairstyles won’t be excluded from the roster.
The Lake George Chamber of Commerce is also offering an online option through its lakegeorgeishiring.com site that allows job seekers to browse opportunities in the area.
These tools, as well as the growing distance from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic three years ago, appear to be easing the chronic worker shortages this resort location has struggled with for the past few summers.
“From what I’m hearing, it does seem like it’s better than last year,” said Amanda Metzger, the Lake George chamber’s marketing director.
The number of H2B visas is increasing, which should help businesses like landscaping firms, she said.
And the region should get about 1,000 J1 student visas, compared to 900 last year.
Those visas allow students and young people from abroad to work in the area’s tourist trade for the summer.
Six Flags Great Escape Resort is one of the area’s biggest summer employers and is looking for 1,500 employees this summer.
To facilitate hiring, prospective workers can apply from home at sixflags.com/jobs.
In addition, the resort complex is also holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Six Flags Great Escape Human Resources building at 33 Round Pond Road, Queensbury.
Pay will start at $15 an hour. Applicants should bring two forms of identification and eligibility to work in the U.S. Minors should bring working papers and account information to assist with setting up direct deposit.
For more information on Great Escape’s hiring process, visit www.mysfger.com/applicants.html or call 518-8248900.The park opens Saturday, May 20.
Another avenue for job seekers is coming from a series of local high school job fairs.
They will run from noon to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Lake George High School and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Glens Falls High School.