LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Kingdom is on track to open May 24, but first it needs workers -- and this weekend is your opportunity to see what jobs are available.

Thursday it was cold, gray, and windy at the park and summer seemed a long time away.

But behind the scenes there is a lot going on to get the park reopened in time.

There is a huge construction area on the south side of the park. It will be the newest part of the water park, that is doubling in size.

"We are in great shape, we are right on target, it is very, very exciting," Kentucky Kingdom president Ed Hart told WDRB News.

Hart is spending millions in new rides and upgrades. But he says you can invest all the money in the world in great rides and attractions but nothing is more important than investing in good people.

So the park is holding a job fair on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Phillips Lane from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those interested must be at least 16 years old. Pay starts at $8.50 an hour.

"We want to get the best and the brightest," says Hart.

So that is why starting pay will be more than minimum wage.

"You know minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, we are starting at $8.50," Hart explains, "and paying as high as ten dollars an hour as starting pay for our team members."

Jobs to be filled include ride operators, food service workers, and security officers.

"We need not just college students and high school students," says Human Resources Manager Eryn Walker, "but senior citizens, teachers who will be off for the summer, and just need an extra paycheck.

Hart says he's creating 20 positions that will be called Kingdom Ambassadors whose job will be to make sure patrons follow the rules of the park and prevent unruly behavior.

"We are going to make sure we have family fun here, a safe family experience, that is what the ambassadors are about; we've never had this department before," adds Hart.

The park will need about a thousand seasonal workers.

Applications must be filled out online.

Click HERE for information.

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