Love Coney Island? You can work there!

Brooklyn Currents | 3/30/2014 | 0 comments

Brooklyn Currents Associate Editor

When you think of Coney Island, you likely conjure up images of rides, the boardwalk, Nathan's, the beach...

You probably don't think of jobs.

But as it happens, the post-Sandy resurgence of Coney has brought an array of openings in everything from cashiers to ride operators to  teaching fellows.

The Alliance for Coney Island -- formed in 2012 to coordinate the interests of businesses and the more than 50,000 residents of the area -- has scheduled  job fairs  for hundreds of seasonal positions in the amusement district on April 21 and 22, at MCU Park (the home of the Cyclones minor-league team).

More than 1500 people were screened for 600 positions during two March job fairs,
when the Alliance teamed up with  Brooklyn Workforce1, HireNYC and the city Department of Small Businesses. The positions include ride and game operators, food and beverage service, customer service and retail sales. Those 18 and older seeking employment can go directly to the company website and fill out an application by clicking on the employment or careers link.

Go to the Alliance website for information click on the link to register for next job fair on the  21st or 22nd,  and it will tell you who is hiring  for what positions, and what you will need,” said Johanna Zaki, director of operations at the Alliance.
Every year the Alliance works closely with city Housing Authority tenant leaders to get the word out about the pre-season job fairs.

As an example of the process, you can apply for positions at Luna Park by visiting and clicking the EMPLOYMENT tab. A number of positions are available, and there are direct links to guide the process. Many positions require an applicant to be at least 18 years old, have the ability to work in all weather conditions, speak fluently in English, read and write in English, and have basic math skills, said Luna Park spokeswoman Alexis Chernoff. 

Nathan's Famous also has several openings. One in particular that pays $12 an hour is for experienced money counters, responsible for verifying charge cards receipts, cashing out cashiers, recording discrepancies, assisting managers with voids and other administrative duties.

Rita's Italian Ice, which operates more than 600 stores nationwide, is opening a new store at 1217 Surf Avenue. Managers are hiring full and part time  "Treat Team" members and shift leaders. Duties include taking orders, serving customers, maintaining the cleanliness of the store, and creating a" fun and family-friendly atmosphere."
Officials stress that the jobs are ideal for high school and college students, as well as stay-at-home moms.

Managers of Applebee's restaurant, another national eatery also on Surf Avenue, say they provide flexible hours; competitive pay and extensive training. All applicants must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Lola Star Coney Island Boutique is hiring sales people and store managers. If you're good at retail or customer service you can apply online for one of the two Lola boutiques, on the boardwalk next to Nathan's or at the Stillwell Avenue subway station across from the Duncan Donuts. Lola says she is looking for a "fabulous store manager  for a cute boutique."

Because of the music and the sassy t-shirts she designs herself, Lola says her shops are more like a party and her employees are hostesses. She promises, "You'll spend your days by the ocean meeting a diverse array of people from all over the world!"

The Coney Island YMCA that opened recently on Surf avenue and 29th Street is hiring lifeguards, group exercise instructors and sports instructors. If you have a high school diploma and a current CPR/AED certification or National Group Exercise certification (ACE, AFAA, or YMCA) the YMCA wants to talk to you.  To apply for the lifeguard position email your resume with subject line "Lifeguard" to To apply for sports instructor email your resume to your cover letter and resume with subject line "Sports Instructor" to youth&

 If you like working outdoors and want to be a lifeguard at Coney Island or any other beach in New York City, just go to the "Become a Lifeguard" page of the city  Parks Department website (; you can choose Coney Island as your preferred location. Lifeguards earn about $650 per week for a 48-hour week.

 The New York Aquarium in Coney is looking for Teaching Fellows for a 12- week program from June through August. College students interested in conservation education should apply at and go to the Careers page. Pay is $12 per hour.

If you're seeking employment,  it's time to get busy and polish up that resume for the next Alliance for Coney Island job fairs-- Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22. 


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