Summer Jobs Hot in San Diego

Thousands of employees are hired for summer positions in San Diego

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, May 30, 2012  |  Updated 6:44 AM PDT
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The San Diego County Fair will hire roughly 1,500 people for the three weeks in Del Mar.

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Ah, summer. A time for going to the beach, frolicking outside … and getting a summer job. As the temperature rises, temporary jobs follow.

San Diego, with its multiple amusement parks and summer activities, will host plenty of summer employees – especially at local attractions such as SeaWorld, the zoo or the San Diego County Fair.
 
The fair hires roughly 1,500 people for the three-week stint in Del Mar. SeaWorld hires an additional 1,200 to 1,500 for the summer peak. 

So who looks for summer employment? It’s academic. Teachers and students are the main job seekers, said Phil Blair, CEO of local employment agency ManPower.

“[Teachers] don’t want to spend three months at home twiddling their thumbs,” Blair said. “Either they need the money, or they want to check out what the private sector is like.”

College Students also seek temporary work since they are typically far from home during the school year.

“We try to plug them into their interests and see what kind of networking we can do for them,” said Blair. “Since they’ve been away at school, it’s hard to apply for jobs.”

Companies who look for seasonal workers typically recruit in the spring to find summer employees. The San Diego Zoo holds a fair each year for possible employees, and SeaWorld representatives attend recruitment fair to find people.

Meaning people who need a gig this summer are in luck.

“It’s a huge business in San Diego,” said Blair. “We have so much tourism and everyone wants to come here.”
 

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