The 16th annual Tourism Job Fair, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of PEI, was held in Charlottetown recently. It was a chance for job seekers to meet with employers and find out more about working in the tourism industry.
Visit www.choosetourism.ca for a list of open positions across PEI.
A transportation service for employees living in Charlottetown is currently in development and will ideally be offered this year. Service will run to Cavendish and possibly New Glasgow, North Rustico, and Stanley Bridge three times daily.
For more information, call Darcy Butler, Tourism Cavendish Beach Inc., at 902-963-2078 or email [email protected].
The Tourism Job Fair was funded in whole or in part by the Canada/PEI Labour Market Development Agreement.
Some employers at the Tourism Job Fair looking for staff:
Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish
- About eight Customer Service positions
Grandpa’s has been in business for 36 years under its original ownership. The business is open seven days a week from Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving.
“New hires help customers dress up, pose, show them their photos, help them select mats and frames,” says Jessica MacNeill, who is returning to work at Grandpa’s for her 10th year. “In their second year, they learn how to use the photo programs and take customers’ pictures.”
About 20 to 25 people work there every summer, and most are university students. “Don’t be discouraged from applying if you have no photography experience,” says Paul Gunn. “We don’t hire based on photography skills – we can teach that. We hire based on people skills and willingness to learn.”
Razzy’s Roadhouse, Charlottetown & Razzy’s Beach House, Cavendish
Charlottetown location: back of House Staff
Cavendish location: Hosts, Hostesses, Cleaners, Servers, Bartenders, Dishwashers, and Kitchen Staff.
Razzy’s Charlottetown location has about 20 full-time and part-time staff year-round, and additional hiring is done for the busy summer season.
“Cooks and chefs are sometimes harder to find,” says Melinda Axworthy.
“Our best staff started as Dishwashers, Hostesses, and other support staff, and then moved to other positions.
“We often prefer to hire people with no experience and train them to learn our way of doing things. We look for eagerness, a positive attitude, and willingness to learn.
“Seasonal positions can turn into year-round opportunities. I started in a seasonal position, and ended up with full-time, long-term employment.”
Northumberland Ferries Limited
Jobs: Up to two dozen Food Service, Deck Hands, and Visitor Information Centre staff for the two ships that will be in operation this summer
Northumberland Ferries and Bay Ferries operates the ferry at Wood Islands, PEI/Caribou, Nova Scotia, and also at Digby, NS, Saint John, NB, and Yarmouth, NS.
About 150 people work for the Wood Islands/Caribou ferry during the season when two ships are operating. The main office in Charlottetown has about 10 year-round employees.
Marine positions include Captain, First Mate, and Officers. Engine room positions include Oilers, Electricians and other trades people. Up to 25 crew members work on each crossing. From July 1 to Labour Day, work is full-time. In the shoulder season, there are fewer shifts.
“For entry-level food service staff, we look for some related experience, and we do a lot of training,” says Guy LeClair. “When hiring marine positions, we look for experience and marine certification.
“It has been difficult in the past to find trades people such as Engineers and Electricians. Our long-term staff members are starting to retire, and we are hiring more young people.
“Many people have made great long-term careers out of their employment at Northumberland Ferries. In the off-season, some Captains and First Mates work all over the world on ferries, tankers, and cargo ships.”
Apply at www.ferries.ca or drop off a resumé or fill out an application at the office at 94 Water Street in Charlottetown.
Dave’s Lobster, Charlottetown & Cavendish
Jobs: Manager to oversee the Charlottetown and Cavendish locations.
Dave Hyndman, the owner of Dave’s Lobster, opened the first location at Founders Hall in 2014. In 2015, a second location opened on the Halifax waterfront, and last year, locations opened in Saint John, NB and Avonlea Village in Cavendish.
“Every year, many of the staff come back,” says Jenna Shinn. “There are currently two types of positions: Servers, and Managers for each location. For the new position, we are looking for someone with experience in business or management, who is personable, good with technology, and a team player always looking for ways to expand.”
The location in Charlottetown opens Mother’s Day. Cavendish opens in early June. Typically, the season lasts until late October, because the cruise ship season is very busy. “Last fall, about 60 percent of our business was driven by TripAdvisor reviews that mention how friendly our servers are, and how great and consistent the food is.”
Dyne Holdings Limited
Jobs: Janitors, Maintenance, Hairstylists, Estheticians, Registered Massage Therapists, Guest Service Agents, Valets, Culinary, Food and Beverage Service, Retail, and Security
Dyne Holdings Limited has 160 to 180 employees in downtown Charlottetown. Businesses include the Holman Grand Hotel, Redwater Rustic Grille, and the Dundee Arms Inn. The company also owns and operates Confederation Court Mall and several businesses within the mall, including Grand Senses Spa, PEI Co. Store, Kitchens Unlimited, Taylor’s Jewellers, Uptown Shoes, Montessori School of Charlottetown, and All About Golf. Dyne Holdings also owns BDC Place, National Bank Tower, and the Homburg Financial Tower. The latter is home to Dyne-managed Nova Vaults Safety Deposit Box Centre.
“Depending on the position, there is more hiring in the summer,” says Matt Daubs, who has worked for the company for 10 years.
“We are fortunate to have operations that provide consistent employment year-round; the hotel front desk will always require attendance, and our mall and office buildings will always require security. These are jobs that provide stable employment in the community. During the summer months, we supplement those jobs to meet increased demand, housekeeping in particular. We have a reliable core of housekeepers; however with dramatic rise in volume, we require an entire fleet. Filling these seasonal jobs is difficult across the industry, as we have experienced.”
Matt welcomes job applicants to meet with him to assess where they would fit in the organization, or send a resumé to [email protected]. Visit the Dyne Holdings office at 98 Fitzroy Street. Visit www.dyneholdings.com.