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Michigan DNR Tackles Seasonal Worker Shortage With Wage Increase

Flexible hours, hours in the great outdoors, and lots of memories — that’s what the Michigan Department of Natural Resources aims to provide seasonal employees working in state parks. But this year, the department is short by about 400 employees and is in despair.

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On Friday, May 20, the DNR announced it would increase its starting hourly rate for seasonal park workers to $15 per hour, up from a sliding scale of $10.20 to $12 per hour. The department hopes the regular perks, combined with the pay rise, will encourage candidates to enroll.

The pay rate is effective Sunday, May 29, and is available to all new seasonal hires, as well as those previously hired for the summer season. MNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson said the increase was made possible by “reprioritizing” funding.

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