As many as 1,000 individuals came to the Schenectady County Community College this past weekend to try and earn a position at the Rivers Casino & Resort. On Saturday, a job fair was held to try and fill the 1,200 jobs that are expected to be available once the casino resort construction is complete.
Owners of the casino hosted the job fair to provide information on the employment positions available. The positions include the casino operations, hotel, restaurant and back-office. Rush Street Gaming of Chicago is going to operate the $330 million casino once the facility is built. Applications were not taken during the job fair but information on the types of positions available was provided by casino officials.
The casino would like to see applicants who have experience and training to take on the positions available. Assistant managers and trainers were on hand to answer questions about the employment opportunities but were unable to answer as to when applications would be accepted. The Rivers Casino must still earn a license and regulations in the state before being able to operate.
Some individuals in need of employment became frustrated by the lack of information during the job fair. Many felt as though Rush Street Gaming should have waited until they had more information to give before hosting the meeting.
Mary Cheeks is the General Manager of the property and stated that the Rivers did not want to wait to host the fair as they wanted individuals to be ready to apply once the process is available. The casino plans on hosting additional job fairs in the future. After receiving license approval, operators plan on breaking ground and seeing completion of the property within an 18 month time frame.