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New Oxford Casino still looking to fill more than 100 jobs

Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal
Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal
Oxford Casino employee Erik Franzen removes a hand truck used to move the first slot machine, background, into place on March 29, 2012, at the new Oxford Casino.
By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal

OXFORD, Maine — As carpenters, landscapers and other workers race toward a June opening, Oxford Casino owners are faced with a problem they didn’t expect: more than 100 unfilled positions.

Casino spokesman Scott Smith said the open positions are mostly for cashiers, housekeeping and food and beverage.

“We’re surprised,” Smith said Monday, “especially given the unemployment level.” The Maine Department of Labor reported a 9.8 percent unemployment rate in Oxford County, down from 10.4 percent a year ago.

The casino held a job fair on April 14 at the Poland Spring Resort for all open positions, but Smith said applicants gravitated toward cage and gaming floor positions.

Smith said cashiers have plenty of responsibility at the casino, handling cash and gaming chips. According to the job description on the casino’s website, cashiers also process bank reports and handle player’s club applications.

In all, there are 37 different positions still open, according to the casino’s website, but most are for food and beverage, cashiers and housekeeping. Among those are openings for bartenders, bar backs, cocktail servers, restaurant servers, housekeeping supervisors and a heavy-duty housekeeping position. All are full time.

Smith said food and beverage wages are typical for restaurant wages. Housekeeping, which includes cleaning the casino floor, restaurant and facilities pays around $9 an hour. Cashiers can make as much as $12.50 an hour, Smith said.

The April 14 job fair was the second, after a March job fair in Oxford for card dealer positions. Potential dealers who made it through the first stage are now training. Hundreds of applicants attended each of the job fairs. Smith said casino operators are considering a third job fair to help fill remaining openings.

The Oxford Casino is slated to open in late June, although the casino hasn’t announced an exact date. The 65,000-square-foot casino will have more than 500 slot machines and 12 table games including roulette, poker and blackjack.

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