Marty Derbyshire CA tribal casinos adding jobs

Two of California’s Native American casinos are hiring. In fact, these two properties are looking to fill hundreds of positions across the state.

The Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA hosted a job fair last week. It was aimed at filling some of the 750 staff positions available as the result of an expansion.

Plus, another job fair will be held Wednesday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time in the property’s Eagle’s Nest.

Food, beverage and hotel jobs available at CA casinos

The first job fair looked to fill positions in the Food and Beverage division. The upcoming job fair is for those interested in working in the Hotel division. This includes spa, golf, housekeeping, valet, bell desk, front desk, and concierge jobs.

Interested applicants should first apply online. However, even those without computer access are invited to come to the job fair with a resume and ready to talk with hiring managers.

Those who cannot make their way to either of this month’s job fairs will still have a chance to find work. The resort is planning to host a last chance combo Food & Beverage and Hotel Operations hiring event on Aug. 9, 2017.

More than 1,100 apply at first job fair

On June 15 and 16, Pechanga held its largest ever job fair at the resort. A total of 1,149 prospective employees turned up. Some 439 applicants either received job offers or were invited to meet with managers for an additional interview.

The positions at Pechanga vary from line level to supervisory and management jobs. Entry level positions at Pechanga start at California’s minimum wage of $10.50 per hour.

Thunder Valley hiring as well

In the meantime, The Sacramento Bee newspaper reported this month that the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA is currently hiring hundreds of workers. Thunder Valley is not expanding.

A Thunder Valley spokesperson told the newspaper the resort it is eager to find qualified employees. The spokesperson added that finding people in the current job market is a challenge. As a result, the property has decided to take an aggressive approach to hiring.

Thunder Valley Casino Resort is owned and operated by the United Auburn Indian Community. It opened in June 9, 2003 and was run by Station Casinos until 2010.

Station Casinos subsidiary Ultimate Poker actually holds the distinction of having dealt the first legal and regulated real-money online poker hand in the United States. The site was the first-ever legal and regulated online poker site in the US when it launched in Nevada in April 2013. It has since ceased operations.

The Thunder Valley property boasts a number of slot machines, live poker, and other table games.

The Pechanga expansion

Pechanga Resort & Casino is already the largest casino in the state of California. It has been owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians since it opened in 2002. The casino features 3,400 slot machines, table games, and a live poker room with regular tournaments and cash games.

The property is undergoing a $285 million expansion that includes an additional 568 hotel rooms and suites, a 4.5-acre pool complex, a two-story luxury spa, two new restaurants, and another 68,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

In addition to the two new restaurants, expanded food and beverage amenities will include an additional room service kitchen, a third employee dining room, and pool beverage service.

Marty Derbyshire
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