Orange County schools to offer $3,500 sign-on bonuses for hires at job fair

3-day job fair aims to fill 150 positions between Sept. 8 - Sept. 10

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County Public Schools is looking to fill about 150 positions at a three-day job fair hosted by Food and Nutrition Services, according to a release from OCPS.

The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., starts Sept. 8 and ends Sept. 10, the school district said.

“Our ideal candidate is someone with food service experience, but if you don’t have food service experience we can train you,” Food and Nutrition Services director Mark Watson said.

“You have to love kids, because these positions will be directly involved with our children,” he continued.

New hires will receive a $3,500 sign-on bonus, which includes a $2,500 bonus for those hired on or before Oct. 8 and a $1,000 bonus for those hired on or before Dec. 31, pending union ratification.

Watson said the pandemic and competitive hospitality industry has made the demand higher this year for cafeteria workers.

“Like every other hotel, Restuarant in Orlando, we’re all fighting for the same people, everybody looking for positions,” said Watson. “This is going to be the most we’ve hired all at one time.”

The competitive benefits package offered by OCPS includes: nights, weekends and summers off (a 10-month schedule), school holidays off, flexible job placement, group medical benefits and Florida Retirement System.

Interested candidates can head to the Orange County Public School District Food and Nutrition Services building at 8101 Benrus St.

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