Job seekers flood Jefferson casino job fair

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Construction at the casino has continued since this March photo was taken.

The number of job seekers attending Wild Rose Jefferson’s job fair in April so far exceeded the company’s expectations they have announced a prioritized hiring schedule running through early June, according to a spokesperson for the new casino under construction in Greene County.

About 550 applicants attended the two-day job fair, company officials said. The $40 million casino is scheduled to open Aug. 1.

“We feel truly blessed with the reception we received at the job fair,” said Mike Couch, general manager of Wild Rose Jefferson. “Many of the candidates were from Greene County and the surrounding west central region, but we also had people come from out of state, including California, Colorado, Minnesota and Nebraska.”

The company is still assembling a management team and is looking for a marketing manager, information technology manager, catering/event manager, HR recruiter and casino manager, Couch said. They have hired a controller, head of security and surveillance manager.

“Once we have key managers aboard, they will hire additional supervisors and staff,” said Nancy Webb, HR manager for the casino. “Our hope is to have the senior management team in place by the middle of May. By the beginning of June, we will start filling positions for restaurant and event managers, player development, the Iowa Store and surveillance.”

Dealers and slot positions will be hired near June 1, with a number of the food and beverage positions to be filled in late June, Webb said. As of April 27, 825 people have applied for jobs at Wild Rose Jefferson.

“We’ve received a number of calls and emails from people asking about the status of their applications or if they can still apply,” Webb said. “We’re in the process of going through all of the applications and sorting them into areas of operation and will be reaching out to qualified candidates over the next 90 days. In the meantime, anyone interested in applying should use our online application at wildroseresorts.com.”

In 2013 Greene County voters approved a gambling referendum with a 75 percent in-favor vote. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted to license the casino last June. It was the first new gaming license issued in Iowa since 2010.

The $40 Wild Rose Jefferson casino and entertainment center is scheduled to open this summer.
The $40 Wild Rose Jefferson casino and entertainment center is scheduled to open this summer.

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