Annually South Haven hires practically 50 part-time marina employees, park staff, crossing guards, bridge tenders and code and parking enforcement officers.
However for the previous a number of years, new candidates for these jobs stay scarce. That, coupled with fewer returnees, has led metropolis officers to step up recruitment efforts by rising hourly pay and internet hosting a job truthful this month.
Metropolis council members voted earlier this month to extend the seasonal pay price range for 44 part-time employees by $90,000.
Breaking that determine down, the beginning fee for marina dock arms will go up from $11.36 to $14 an hour for first-year employees, whereas the beginning hourly fee for crossing guards, bridge tenders, parking and code enforcement, and parks and cemetery workers will enhance to $15 an hour from $11.36. Pay raises may also be granted for every further yr labored by all part-time staff.
“We’ve got struggled to recruit seasonal workers the previous two years as a consequence of COVID-19, ‘The Nice Resignation’ and low wages,” mentioned Kim Smart, metropolis human sources director.
Wages town has supplied appear to be the largest impediment to beat, officers mentioned.
Smart pointed to the problem town has had over the previous couple of years in recruiting parks and cemetery upkeep employees throughout summer season months. The issue has led to town turning to a number of landscaping firms to assist fill in gaps, or paying division of public works staff time beyond regulation to make sure fundamental providers are accomplished.
“We price range for 10 seasonal parks/cemetery employees, however have solely been capable of recruit three workers members the previous two years,” Smart mentioned. “Once we can’t rent sufficient seasonal workers to choose up trash, clear loos, or mow the lawns, now we have to ask our full-time DPW workers to finish these duties, which ends up in an abundance of time beyond regulation at the next fee of pay.”
In analyzing a brand new pay construction for part-time staff, metropolis officers checked out pay charts for different cities. They discovered South Haven’s hourly charges to be low.
“Lately workers reviewed the Michigan Municipal League’s annual wage survey and located that the typical pay for seasonal employees is near $13 per hour,” Smart mentioned. “A evaluation of native job openings posted on Certainly discovered that native beginning wages for entry stage positions have been being supplied at roughly $14 to $15 per hour.”
South Haven did provide a 25-cent bonus per hour for all hours labored if the worker stayed by the tip of the season, however officers decided that pay charges have been nonetheless too low for seasonal employees.
“We’ve got labored diligently to maintain our workers protected through the COVID pandemic and we attempt to offer a rewarding and significant work setting to maintain worker turnover low,” Smart mentioned. “Now we have to provide extra aggressive wages for seasonal workers in order that we are able to recruit sufficient employees to maintain our city operating easily.”
The seasonal job truthful can be from noon-2 p.m., Feb. 26 at South Haven Metropolis Corridor, 539 Phoenix St.
Job openings are for individuals 15 and up, Smart mentioned. The roles accessible for teenagers are on the municipal marinas the place customer support and dock arms are wanted.
For the opposite seasonal and part-time jobs, candidates have to be no less than 18.
South Haven Space Emergency Providers (SHAES) may also be on the job truthful recruiting on-call firefighters – one other place that’s getting tougher to fill for fireplace departments all through the nation.
“We can be recruiting for paid-on-call, profession and prospects for our new cadet program,” SHAES Administrator and Hearth Chief Brandon Hinz mentioned.
Nonetheless, SHAES will deal with paid-on-call recruits on the truthful.
“Prior to now we haven’t needed to recruit paid-on-call members, they simply at all times discovered us,” Hinz mentioned. “These previous few years we haven’t had as many candidates as we as soon as did. We’re lucky to have an excellent crew now, however inevitably in some unspecified time in the future we’ll have to switch some.”
Seasonal jobs with town and SHAES can result in full-time positions, metropolis and SHAES officers mentioned.
Twenty-three % of the full-time workers at South Haven started their careers as part-time or seasonal employees, whereas 69 % of the full-time workers at SHAES began as paid-on-call firefighters.