By Susan Tebben
As far off as it may seem with the constant weather changes, spring is coming, and Mill Creek MetroParks needs help in getting its grounds in order.
A job fair will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., to attract workers interested in the parks’ horticulture, maintenance, recreation, police and golf departments.
Mowing, forestry, maintenance in all areas and garden work are the jobs that are open. The jobs require physical exercise and the ability to be outside for long periods of time.
“We’re looking for people who like to work outside and take pride in their work,” said Perry Toth, operations director for the park system.
In the past, the work has lasted 38 weeks, but with changes coming due to the Affordable Care Act, it is unclear how long the work will be, Toth said.
The job fair is an annual event where candidates can file applications, talk to department heads and see job descriptions for the work. Hiring is scheduled to start in March, said Linda Kostka, development and marketing director.
“We want to get some good applications. We’re always looking for new people,” Kostka said.
The new component this year is applications and information for volunteers within the park.
Those interested in volunteering within the park will be able to see job descriptions just like the applicants for paid jobs and talk to department directors about what they can do for the parks.
“We want to develop a more robust volunteer program, and we thought instituting this new program would help,” Kostka said.