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April 27, 2014

Jet boat job fair draws a big crowd in Youngstown

Niagara Gazette — Niagara Jet Adventures co-owner Mike Fox set out to find a few good workers Saturday.

His new business, set to compete with other mainstream Niagara River jet boat excursions later this spring, is looking for a number of employees in various part-time and full-time roles both on land and at sea.

He wasn’t expecting more than 100 people to walk through the doors of Youngstown’s Red Brick School building, though, each intent on finding employment.

“There’s a lot of local talent here,” he said.

“We’ve been surprised by the turnout,” Aaron Day, an employee assisting in the hiring process, said. “We’re trying to build the company into a premiere attraction on the lower Niagara River. This is a good start.”

Saturday’s open interview session sought personable people to help in retail, as tour guides, in marketing, as boat staff and in management positions.

Fox and company will operate a showroom with gifts available in Youngstown, which is where the retail positions come in to play. Tour guides, who’ll perform the second most important job on the boat behind the captains who’ll steer, will provide passengers with a narrated version of history.

“There’s a lot of history in this area,” Fox said. “We’re going to talk about it. So our tour guides have to know the real history here and they’ll need to talk about it. We have speakers in the boat. It’ll be like you’re on a bus tour.”

Navigators will also be needed, who’ll point out where the captains need to steer in order to safely navigate passengers down the river. These folks would be considered essential personnel on any of the tours going down the river, as the company looks to provide the safest trip possible while still being entertaining and adventurous.

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