Knoebels honored for hiring of workers age 55 and older
ELYSBURG - When Knoebels Amusement Resort opens its doors between April and October each year, it is with the help of hundreds of seasonal workers. Their recruitments come through job fairs, walk-ins and from PA CareerLink.
Management's appreciation of the reliability and experience that older workers bring was shown by its hiring demographics during the 2013 season. An astounding 22 percent (430) of Knoebels 1,981 workers were age 55 or older. Most positions were in food service, ride and game operations, gift shops, grounds maintenance, recycling and ticket sales.
Seasonal workers are offered a very flexible work schedule and many choose days and hours they prefer to work. For a retired or older worker, this flexibility allows a perfect fit as seniors can work as many or as few days as desired.
These unique employment opportunities are anticipated for individuals who may otherwise find it difficult to obtain employment or continue to work after or near retirement age. Given the vast acreage of the resort, transportation is provided to employees between their vehicle and their assigned work location.
The "fun, food and fantasy" Knoebels offers visitors is not lost on employees and, especially, not employees age 55 and older.
Throughout the summer season, Knoebels recognizes its employees with various fun activities, including wing night, employee block party, employee ride night and an employee appreciation dinner. Some other benefits are free ride tickets, hand stamps, food coupons and, in August, staff may earn rewards dollars good for purchases at shops and food stands throughout the park. Also in August, for every eight hours worked, each employee is entered into a drawing for cash prizes.
After the end of the 2013 summer season, 132 full-time employees remain, with 67 of them 55 years or older. This means that the percentage of regular employees over 55 (51 percent) is even higher than the seasonal hires.
Knoebels' charitable work in the community takes a variety of forms. Any school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may receive two regular free hand stamps upon request to use in whatever way they see fit.
Thousands of hand stamps are donated each year to WVIA Public Radio to help with membership solicitation. Knoebels also supports Relay for Life at the Southern Columbia School District event every year.
On July 4, 1926, Knoebels Amusement Resort officially opened and has been a shining start in Central Pennsylvania for 87 years. The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation, along with the PA CareerLink Northumberland/Snyder Counties proudly nominates this employer for the 2014 Hall of Fame of Older Workers in Pennsylvania.