Who's Hiring Part-Time: Six Flags and Toll Roads


Looking for part-time work? You're in luck. There are plenty of part-time opportunities out there, especially now, as employers turn to the much cheaper resource of part-time employees, who generally don’t receive a full benefits package and receive a lower hourly rate.

These jobs can be a good choice for students, retirees, parents with young kids or people who recently lost their full-time job or had their hours cut, as well as anyone looking for a second job.  (If you lost your job, you can usually earn a certain amount per week without a reduction in unemployment compensation benefits, although this varies by state).

To attract the best candidates, many companies now offer at least some benefits for part-time employees. These can range from health insurance and paid time off to employee discounts or free merchandise.

Here are three companies with lots of part-time openings available right now:

1. Six Flags (Stock Quote: SIXF)

Type of work available: Six Flags, which operates 20 parks in the U.S., is hiring in food service, games, merchandise, rides, park service and entertainment, which includes dressing up as a character.

Hours per week: Employees are usually expected to work at least 30 hours per week.  The shifts available are typically night shifts that begin at 2 or 3 p.m. and last until park closing, usually some time between 10:30 p.m. and midnight.  Most departments request that employees be flexible regarding shifts. Also remember that most employees will have to work weekends.

Starting pay: $7.75 per hour after completing the training.

Benefits: Employees get free admission on their days off, and earn a "buddy pass" after working 150 hours. The pass permits each employee to bring a friend in the park for free with their admission. Employees also earn free tickets and discounts on tickets and merchandise. There are also special events for employees, and each department offers special events and incentives.

Requirements: Training is provided for most positions, including those in food service, rides, games, merchandise, entertainment and park services.

The inside scoop: “The ideal candidate is a friendly, outgoing individual ready to entertain our guests,” says company rep Stephanie Helander. “After successfully completing an online application, candidates are called for interviews based on positions available. Interviews are conducted at the park and are individual interviews."

Apply: SixFlagsJobs.com. Character candidates must set up an audition by calling 847-249-2133, ext. 4606.

2. New Jersey Turnpike Authority
Type of work available: Toll collectors
Hours per week: Part-time workers are scheduled for eight hours each Saturday and Sunday. Shifts are 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights; 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings; or 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Most new collectors will be assigned a rotation of these until a steady shift becomes available.
Starting pay: $11.32 an hour
Benefits: None
Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old and pass two pre-screening tests and a physical, including drug test. Must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.
The inside scoop: Part-time workers must successfully complete a one-year probation period before being considered for any full-time positions.
Apply: Online application (pdf).


3. New York State Thruway
Type of work available: Toll collectors
Hours per week: Shifts run between three and eight hours, depending on your availability. Holiday work is a must and preference is given to those who are available on weekends.
Starting pay: Starting wage of $9.66 plus an additional $.40 per hour paid worked between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m., and an additional $.60 per hour between11 p.m. and 7 a.m. There are yearly raises, up to $11.21 an hour. Holidays are paid at time and a half, plus employees are provided with uniforms, paid training and free parking.
Benefits: Limited benefits for part-timers.
Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years of age, enjoy working with people and able to handle money in a fast paced environment.
The inside scoop: Lots of patience, and the ability to withstand occasional verbal attacks, is a necessity. “These positions require continuous contact with the traveling public,” a job posting warns. “Toll collectors serve as representatives of their agency and are required to act in a courteous manner while working in situations which are sometimes stressful due to inclement weather, traffic backups, etc.” First consideration will be given to successful candidates who are residents of the county and/or adjacent counties in which the vacancy occurs.
Apply: Online application (pdf).


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