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February 5, 2008

11:13 p.m.: UPDATE: Hoosier Park talks jobs at the Wigwam

The jobs coming to Hoosier Park range from barn attendants to bartenders, and there seems to be plenty of interest.

Hundreds of people attended information sessions Tuesday at the Wigwam to hear about possible employment at the expanding gambling destination in Anderson.

“Because we have so many positions available, we wanted people to know how to go about applying,” said Bonnie McDowell, Hoosier Park’s director of human resources.

Hoosier Park will hire at least 500 more people before its casino opens later this year. About 80 percent of those jobs will be full-time, McDowell said.

The positions include complete staffing for about 10 restaurants; casino and horse track attendants; a security team; and marketing, financial and technology offices.

Details on job openings, including minimum qualifications and an online application, will be available at beginning Feb. 15.

McDowell said jobs would be posted as they become open, with the first ones coinciding with the new horse racing season beginning in April. More jobs in more departments will be added in advance of the casino opening sometime in late spring or early summer.

Bob Goodpaster, Indianapolis, sat through the information session to hear more about hospitality jobs at Hoosier Park. He has a degree in the field from Purdue but is working as a mortgage broker.

“I know exactly who to talk to after this,” Goodpaster, 32, said.

Because the available jobs require a range of education and skills, and because Hoosier Park is still negotiating with labor unions, McDowell would not say what the jobs might pay.

Nancy Farmer, 49, of Anderson said she hoped she’d make at least $13 per hour if she left her job in insurance billing to take a financial job at Hoosier Park.

“It seems like they’re going to be a great company,” she said. “I was just really impressed with how great they are with their employees.”

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