Johnson City Cardinals will host a job fair Friday, Saturday

Zach Vance • Apr 25, 2018 at 11:45 PM

A lot more goes into orchestrating a Minor League Baseball game than just flicking on the lights, opening up the gates and corralling both teams into a stadium.

Think concessions, marketing, ticket sales, field preparation and the hundreds of other tasks that go into coordinating a day or night of Johnson City Cardinals baseball at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

For 34 days this upcoming season, new Cardinals General Manager Zac Clark is hoping to assemble an enthusiastic and dedicated staff to operate home games, and you just might be one of the people he’s looking for.

On Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Johnson City Cardinals organization will host a job fair at the Johnson City Senior Center, 510 Bert St.

Clark said he is hoping to fill between 40 and 50 positions for the upcoming season, and the jobs range from press box positions to on-field operations, ticket taker, concession stand attendant and everything in between.

Each position’s pay varies. Some pay between $8 to $10 an hour while other positions are paid on a per-game basis, Clark said.

“Anything that we’re going to do game day-wise, we’re looking for people to help us out. Ticket takers, ushers, concession, food and (beverage). Obviously, beer is a big element of what we do so we need a lot of people that are TIPS certified to pour beer,” Clark said.

“Anybody that can help us out, we’ll find a spot for them. It’s really just a matter of working out the schedules and figuring out how many people want to work with us this summer.”

In addition to the 34 home games, Clark said staff could be asked to work playoff games and outside events, such as kickball tournaments or concerts.

Clark said a typical Johnson City Cardinals’ game day staff consists of 30 to 40 personnel, depending on where the team is on its schedule.

“I’m probably looking to hire maybe 40 people this weekend, just because the way schedules work out and things like that, you get a lot of high schoolers and college guys that can’t work all 34 games. So you have to have a little bit of overflow to work with schedules,” Clark said.

Most of the TVA Credit Union Ballpark jobs will require workers to stand and walk for extended periods of time, as well as run, sit, navigate stairs, kneel or crouch. Clark said prospective employees may be asked to occasionally lift or move items weighing up to 25 pounds, in addition to being exposed to various weather conditions and noise levels.

At the job fair, potential Johnson City Cardinals’ employees will be asked to fill out their top three job choices on an interview questionnaire, and because jobs will be offered based on strength of application or resume, some people may not be offered their top job choice.

However, Clark promises anyone that joins his staff will share in some laughter throughout the season, and likely leave the organization with some newfound friendships.

“It’s really just a laid-back, fun environment to be in. Customer service and fan experience is really our No. 1 priorities. So we really want high-energy people that are going to make our fan experience the best it can possibly be,” Clark said.

“We always tell our guys come to work with a great attitude and have a lot of fun. And that’s what we’re trying to do. If we’re having a great time and things are going well then certainly our fans will see that and enjoy it, as well.”

Past employees and interns of the Johnson City Cardinals have moved on to work for professional sports teams, like the Charlotte Hornets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Rays and Nashville Predators.

The Johnson City Cardinals first home game of the 2018 season will be June 22 against the Kingsport Mets. The Cardinals’ full 2018 schedule and season ticket information can be found online at www.jccardinals.com, or by calling the Cardinals Ticket Office at 423-461-4866.

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