SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The New York Racing Association (NYRA) is hosting a job fair at Saratoga Racetrack over the weekend, hoping to attract seasonal employees before the start of the racing season. race in July.
The job fair continues through Sunday. Inside the 1863 Club, stations are set up representing the many factions that are part of the racetrack’s manpower needs during the annual summer meets. This is the first time the annual job fair has been held inside the club, and the first time it has been held this early.
Companies such as Mazzone Hospitality, Levy Restaurants, Integrated Staffing, and NYRA itself all hire summer staff and positions may be offered locally. Historically, the Saratoga Racetrack Summer Meet supports the employment of over 2,000 full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers.
“This job fair is an important way to hire many of our summer positions,” said NYRA Vice President of Communications Pat McKenna. “This is another example of the racetrack’s importance as an economic driver, not just to the racing community, but to the entire city of Saratoga Springs. We’re doing it early this year because right now it’s an incredibly competitive job market. Candidates have many choices in front of them, so we are lucky to have the opportunity to organize the job fair a month before our usual routine.
Many job opportunities are available in a wide variety of positions, from restaurant staff to parking attendants to security guards. Job applicants must be at least 15 years of age and have New York State-certified work documents. Prospective security guards, cashiers and betting clerks must be at least 18 years old to apply. Security guards must have a high school diploma or GED. All applicants must show photo ID and a Social Security card or I-9 alternative.
Although McKenna says it’s entirely possible for a seasonal position to lead to a full-time career, many of the people expected to be hired for the summer meet will only be there for the season – and it doesn’t. there’s nothing wrong with that.
“There are professions where it just makes sense to just work a summer job, like for teachers or full-time students,” he noted.
McKenna hopes potential employees will know how many opportunities are available to work at the racetrack and what kind of work experience they can expect if hired. Any jobs at the racetrack are sure to be filled, if what McKenna has seen so far is any clear indication of what’s to come. With last year back to normal at 100% operating capacity and this year set to be the same, racing fans are already looking forward to the start of the season.
“We’re looking forward to a spectacular summer,” McKenna said. “Demand for tickets has been strong, and we’re hearing advance reservations for hotels and restaurants are exceeding the past few years. This is the first year since 2019 that we have been able to offer typical sales opportunities.
McKenna is confident that 2022 will bring the kind of memorable summer meet that racetrack fans have come to know and love. Of course, it all depends on public health safety, which NYRA will continue to monitor and make decisions based on the data received.
“NYRA is very experienced at this point in taking care of our racing fans and our employees,” McKenna said. “They will work closely with the health services and tell us what we need to do. Being an outdoor setting in a park-like location, we have an expansive backyard where people can spread out as much as they need, even on our busiest days.
With so much to look forward to this year’s summer meet, a job at the racetrack could be a great opportunity to be part of the experience, gaining valuable work experience that can benefit an employee down the road.
“The best way to get a summer job here is to come to our job fair,” McKenna commented. “It’s an incredibly exciting place to work. It is a world-class sports venue, known around the world. It is the center of the horse racing universe for eight weeks every year. What better way to spend the summer than at the Saratoga Racetrack? »