The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at the Bronx Zoo isn’t monkeying around about adding staff to its special events department and gearing up for spring and summer, its busiest seasons. That’s why it participated in the Winter semester part-time job fair organized by the Office of Career Advancement at Monroe College, January 30th. Jacqui Dauphinais, events coordinator for WCS, said her department is especially interested in hiring Hospitality Management majors who can assist with the many special events that the facility produces year-round, including weddings, at its facilities in the Bronx, Central Park, Prospect Park, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium.
The Conservancy was one of 21 employers who participated in the event, held at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle, which drew about 200 students from both campuses. And if a student was more a people person than an animal lover, there were also plenty of other organizations seeking able, articulate and ready-for-work part-time employees looking to either get a jumpstart on their careers, internships, or just to put some extra cash in their pockets. A big crowd pleaser was the Ann Taylor recruitment table. Staffed by a group of chic women, it was a magnet for equally well-appointed young women, in particular, who are looking for employment in retail. Men are also welcome to apply for sales and stockroom positions with this clothier of high-end fashion which is seeking employees for positions at stores throughout Westchester and Rockland County.
Particularly enticing summer job opportunities are being offered by Camp Winadu, a seven-week sports sleep-away camp for boys nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. It especially seeks student athletes who can help coach its young campers in a wide-range of sports. And while this particular camp is only seeking male counselors, females are also invited to submit their resumes which will be passed along to its neighboring sister camp. A current Monroe employee could not have been more enthusiastic about having a representative from the camp which he felt contributed to the career success of his son, a Winadu camper in his youth and now an investment banker with one of the most storied Wall Street brokerage firms.
Perhaps one of the more unusual and intriguing exhibitors, seeking an intern to help it upgrade its PowerPoint and other sales and marketing materials, was Balancing Life’s Issues. This Ossining-based organization is a provider of customized work/life training programs which places experts in speaking engagements around the country, sharing their knowledge on a wide-range of topics. It has a roster of more than 700 experts who know more than a thing or two about any given field and who are able to address audiences on every topic imaginable.
More traditional part-time jobs included opportunities with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the NYC Police Athletic League, Chase Bank, Hilton Rye, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and Censtar Energy Corporation, a reseller of gas, electric and oil to residential and commercial customers. For students interested in positions with any of the 21 organizations that participated in the fair, or assistance in resume-writing, job interviewing skills and employment research, contact a counselor at the Office of Career Advancement at either the Bronx (West Hall, 4th floor, 2467 Jerome Ave.) or New Rochelle (Main Hall, 434 Main St.) campus.