Help Wanted: 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

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Seeking the best and the brightest to serve horseplayers and racing fans from around the world, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced a series of job fairs for the newly-expanded Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.  

Kicking off on Thursday, June 4 and continuing through Saturday, June 6, the festival will feature world-acclaimed entertainment, premium hospitality options and three days of world class racing, including 17 graded stakes races with more than $10 million in total purses. The New York Racing Association seeks individuals sharing its guest-centric spirit to serve as temporary guest services representatives, betting clerks, whitecaps, ushers, and parking and cleaning staff.

“We are pleased to offer New Yorkers from every community and neighborhood the opportunity to join our team for this year’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival,” stated Christopher Kay, chief executive officer and president of NYRA. “This year’s festival is shaping up to be our best yet, and we are looking for those individuals who share our steadfast commitment to an enhanced guest experience throughout New York’s most exciting and enjoyable week of racing.”  

The NYRA annually hires approximately 1,200 temporary employees to serve guests and support operations during Belmont Stakes Week. To fill these positions on behalf of NYRA, Forum Staffing Services will be hosting six job fairs at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park:

• From noon to 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Aqueduct Racetrack, on the fourth floor of the clubhouse in the Manhattan Terrace. Job fair attendees should park in the Aqueduct Racetrack general employee lot and enter the building through the main clubhouse entrance.

• From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, at Belmont Park, in the North Shore Terrace (fourth floor) of the clubhouse.

• From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Belmont Park, in the North Shore Terrace.

• From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Belmont Park, in the North Shore Terrace.

Aqueduct Racetrack is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., in South Ozone Park (by car from points north, Van Wyck Expressway, exit 2; from the east, exit 18B off the Belt Parkway; and from the west, exit 19 off the Belt; by subway, the “A” train (Far Rockaway “A”) to Aqueduct North Conduit Avenue; and by bus, Q7, Q11, Q37 and Q41).

Belmont Park is located at 2150 Hempstead Tpke., in Elmont (by car, Cross Island Parkway, exit 26; and by railroad, the LIRR from Jamaica, Woodside or Penn Station).

Applicants for positions other than betting clerks must be at least 16 years of age with working papers and have with them two forms of identification (I-9 appropriate).

Betting clerk applicants must be at least 18 years of age, present a current resume, and have a minimum of three years of cash-handling experience.

For information regarding available positions, prospective employees are encourages to contact Forum Staffing Services at 212-973-3602 or by e-mailing ForumNYRA@forumgrp.com. Employment applications can also be downloaded at nyra.forumsolutionsgroup.com.

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