Waukee is hiring an unprecedented number of seasonal employees this year, citing rapid growth and the anticipated opening of the city's massive Triumph Park in June.
City officials announced this week that they anticipate needing to hire more than 120 employees for spring and summer employment at facilities that include Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course and Triumph Park, and for the Public Works and the Parks and Recreation departments.
Last year, the city only hired about 60 seasonal employees. Waukee Human Resources Director Michelle Lindsay said this year's numbers are due to continued population growth that has allowed the city to provide more amenities for its residents.
"Our municipal golf course last year had a record year — all of our recreation programs had record numbers last year, so we’re trying to be able to offer the programs to the community that they are wanting and desiring," Lindsay said.
Positions include recreation program assistants, concession attendants, street laborers and golf course attendants and groundskeepers. There are also internship positions available for those interested in careers in marketing and graphic design, Parks and Recreation and Public Works — including in engineering and stormwater management.
Triumph Park, which will be home to 12 ballfields on 66 acres, has openings for field crew and field crew leads, a site supervisor, concession attendants and a concession attendant lead.
According to a news release, hours will vary from part-time to full-time based on the position. Most jobs will be open to those 18 and older, although concession attendants can be as young as 14.
Like other employers in the state and across the country, Lindsay said the city has struggled to find employees to fill open positions. She hopes new additions such as Triumph Park will entice workers to consider Waukee.
"We have a great base we can draw on, and Waukee is really a desirable community to work in," she said. "I think the extra added attraction, especially with Triumph Park being a new park — it’s going to be gigantic, with awesome amenities and what a great place to spend your summer."
Job descriptions and applications are available at waukee.org/jobs. All applications are open except for the Waukee Public Library's summer reading program assistant positions, which will open in February.
This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Looking for work? Waukee needs a record number of summer staff