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Valleyfair to hire 1,600 seasonal workers, keeps increased pay rate

The theme park increased its pay last year, with most now getting $14-an-hour.

Valleyfair has announced its customary hiring spree ahead of the 2020 season.

The theme park in Shakopee is hiring 1,600 seasonal workers ahead of the season, which is fewer than the 2,000 it was looking to hire at the same time last year.

Last spring, Valleyfair announced it would be increasing its starting rates for ride operators from $12 to $14-an-hour after struggling to fill all its positions as the new season neared.

And that enhanced rate is staying in place for the new season, as well as a $12-an-hour rate for its employees under the age of 18.

The hiring effort was launched on Wednesday, which is National Signing Day.

The theme park says that the roles will be available in all areas of the party, including rides, food and drink, security, admissions, lifeguards and retail.

Most of the positions are available to applicants aged 16 and over, but a limited number are available for those aged 14-15.

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"We have a great variety of jobs to offer any job seeker. That means we can extend opportunities that are a wonderful fit for each person's unique skills, talents, and personality," said Valleyfair's HR director Melissa Lutz.

"We offer flexible schedules that are great for students, teachers, parents, retirees, and part-time job seekers."

As well as offering "choose-your-own-hours" schedules, Valleyfair staff also get free admission to the theme park and discounts on food and merchandise.

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