Six Flags: More flags, more applications

February 21, 2009 3:33:51 PM PST
New Jersey's Six Flags amusement park was taking job applications today.There were long lines today at Six Flags Great Adventure, but nobody was waiting to ride the rollercoaster.

Instead, some waiting in a standing room only crowd may end running the rollercoaster, or selling hot dogs, or making sure the park's 140 acres is spick and span.

Six Flags is looking to fill 4,100 seasonal jobs. It expects when all is said and done, it will have 15,000 to 18,000 applications, and the consensus is it is all about the economy.

"First of all, there's more volume, less jobs available out there, quite a few people out there people have been laid off. We're seeing more adults and more experienced workers coming to apply here for jobs they wouldn't typically apply for," park president Mark Kane said.

Warren Debree was downsized into early retirement years ago. Since then, he says he has "bounced around" in areas including retailing, but the recession has crushed that sector, so he was among the hopeful at Six Flags.

"I looked and there are many choices and I'm open to many of them, so to say exactly what to do here, help Six Flags," Debree said.

Charles Skibinski accepted a job as a park supervisor today after being laid off from his previous job of 24 years.

To be sure, many of the job seekers probably weren't born 24 years ago; still the sour economy is impacting young people as one mom who tagged along with her kids points out.

"I've got one in college and I'm looking to make sure she has employment this summer so she can help pay for her books and part of her tuition. I have one in high school and I'm looking for employment for her to so she can help pay for her school clothes next year," Diane Schonyers of Lumberton, New Jersey, said.

For those who missed the job fair, Six Flags says it will still accept online applications and schedule interviews.

The park opens in April

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