Labor shortage challenges Maine ski resorts to be creative

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Labor shortage challenges Maine ski resorts to be creative

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:31 am

Labor shortage challenges Maine ski resorts to be creative as season opens
In one of the tightest labor markets in recent memory, the state's 2 major resorts are using new strategies to fill hundreds of jobs.

...The only thing it doesn’t have is a full complement of seasonal employees. It is advertising for more than 160 positions.

“We definitely have a huge chunk of team members we have to hire right now,” said Sunday River Human Resources Director Amanda Gallant.

Maine’s ski areas, which depend on thousands of seasonal workers every year, are grappling with the most challenging labor market in recent memory and trying creative options to fill empty positions.

Every year, Maine’s ski industry more than triples its workforce in only a few months, hiring armies of snowmakers, lift attendants and front office representatives, as well as servers, cooks, housekeepers and retail salespeople. In the winter, the Sunday River and Sugarloaf ski resorts become the biggest employers in rural Oxford and Franklin counties, respectively. Collectively, Maine’s ski resorts added $300 million to the Maine economy, according to a 2015 Maine Development Foundation tourism report.

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