Kentucky Kingdom seeks to hire 1,000 workers

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 4 at 8:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Kingdom is seeking 1,000 seasonal workers as it gears up to open in May after being closed for more than four years.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1eY4NfH) reports a job fair is planned for Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is near the amusement park.

Reopening the park "takes more than just an investment in rides, attractions and buildings," said Ed Hart, president of the company running the fairgrounds amusement venue. "It takes an investment in people."

Officials said summer workers can expect to earn between $8.50 and $10 an hour.

Kentucky Kingdom spokesman John Mulcahy jobs are available in more than 20 areas, including guest services, food services, catering, ride operations, horticulture and security.

The park will have a new position called Kingdom Ambassadors, which will be a group of about 20 people stationed in different areas to answer questions, give directions, enforce park rules and "ensure that any unruly behavior is dealt with immediately," Mulcahy said.

He said officials still have a goal to make Kentucky Kingdom the state's No. 1 paid tourist attraction, as it was through much of the 1990s.

Mulcahy said the park expects to fill all position by April, and it plans to open on May 24.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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