Posted at: 06/15/2012 4:59 PM
| Updated at: 06/15/2012 5:46 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Racing doesn't begin until July 20th, but the race was on Friday afternoon to fill roughly 16-hundred jobs at the summer place to be.
Carol Gundersen was hoping to land one of them.
She received the last of her radiation treatments for cancer Friday morning and she was at the track looking for work in the afternoon.
"I want to be a betting clerk, then if somebody wins big, I'll get a great tip," said Gundersen. "I'm retired so it's just kind of something to keep me busy and meet people."
At the age of 64, Gundersen's has much different goals than Campbell Higle, who just graduated from Emma Willard. "It would be really good to have a job opportunity before I go off to college so I have a basis of knowing what it's like," said Higle.
Like any good prospect, Campbell's willing to do just about anything at the the track this summer, ticking off the positions she's interested in, "Betting clerks, counter workers, parking attendants, porters, retail clerks, wait staff and ushers."
NYRA interviewed more than 500 people Thursday. Several hundred more on Friday. They'll do it again Saturday.
"The goal is to find people that love the track and want to come out and experience the excitement and be a part of the best racing in the world," said Julie Levine, NYRA's Human Resources Manager.
Or people like Carol Gundersen who'd like to meet people and set aside a little cash for home improvement. "I'd like to landscape my backyard."
Interviews will be conducted from 11 to 4 on Saturday.