ELYSBURG, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local amusement park is beginning new incentives to hire employees during a time when businesses across the nation battle staff shortages.

Knoebels is slam-packed with lots of people and lots of fun but have you ever thought about the work that takes place when you’re not around?

“We are pretty much our own city. We maintain the entire 200 acres with our team alone and that is something my family is very proud of,” said co-owner and co-manager of Knoebels, Brian Knoebel.

Knoebels has 150 full-time employees just like Melissa Carl and Christy Bressi who say working at an amusement park is far different from your typical 9:00 to 5:00.

“I love working at the park. This is my second year here and it’s just the people, the smells, the crowds…it’s a lot of fun,” said Fudgician Assistant, Melissa Carl.

They spend their days making all of the sweet treats you can think of. But in the midst of the great resignation Knoebels is one of the many businesses being hit by staff shortages.

“So this year, we wanted to make it easier to get here. We know it isn’t easy for parents to drive their kids back and forth and also for adults here as well with the price of gasoline and everything to get to work so this year we’re going to be running bus routes to help our team get here to help take care of our guests,” said Konebels human resources director, Jon Anderson.

There will be three new bus routes. The first will be headed for Bloomsburg High School. The next will be picking up people from Shamokin Area High School’s stadium and then making a stop at the Mount Carmel Stadium and the last route will go to Shikellamy High School. It’s Knoebels latest effort to hire new employees.

Ride operation is reportedly a popular job choice but there are other options too.

“So we actually start hiring here at the park at age 14. Now, to work in ride operations, you do have to be 16, but we are primarily hiring in our food service departments and operations whether you’re available to work 1 day a week or if you want to work 5-6 days a week, we have a role for you at the park,” said employee Stacey.

Perks that will continue are free entry to nearly 20 parks, team member events, paycheck stuffers (food coupons, ride tickets, etc.), 25% off in-park food and ride tickets, 10% off meals at Nickle Plate Bar & Grill, special rates at Three Ponds Golf Course, Knoebels Scholarship Program for school-aged team members.

If you’re interested in employment opportunities at Knoebels, you can view and apply job opportunities on their website.