Lakeshore employers start hiring summer help

Summer employees at the park do everything from sell state park passes and check in campers to clean bathrooms and mow the grass.

It's only March, but employers in Muskegon County who need seasonal workers are already searching for summer help.

At Muskegon State Park Greg Sherburn is in need of 12-workers. He started the search this week.

"We will start looking now and start our interviews at the end of the month," Sherburn said.

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Summer employees at the park do everything from sell state park passes and check in campers to clean bathrooms and mow the grass.

"You name it and they do it," Sherburn said.

The state pays seasonal employees $9.25 an hour.

"We struggle at times a little bit," Sherburn said. "Just because there's so much competition."

But working at Muskegon State Park comes with the perk of seeing the beach everyday.

Managers at Michigan's Adventure are looking for workers too. Wednesday the park held the first of two job fairs.

"We are looking for between 1,200 and 1,300 during the summer," said Laure Bollenbach, Director of Marketing and Sales for Michigan's Adventure.

Some of those employees need to be ready to go when the park opens May 23.

Employers expect the labor market to be tight this summer with lots of jobs and too few workers. It's one reason employers want to find workers early, and some are bumping pay to bring them in now.

"If you are at least 18 years of age you are going to start at $11.00 an hour," said Bollenbach. "Even our 17 and 16 years olds are going to be making $10.00 an hour."

The park will hold a second job fair on April 21.

The County of Muskegon needs to fill 20 seasonal positions, And the city of Muskegon has around 40 positions to fill.

Some of those jobs also pay $11.00 an hour.

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