SANDUSKY, Ohio -

Cedar Point is looking to hire 5,000 seasonal employees.

The Ohio amusement park is looking for enthusiastic people of all ages to serve guests.

"Our staff often give guests their first impressions of the park, and those are lasting impressions that can really impact their entire day," human resources manager Pamela Romo said. "That’s why it’s crucial for us to hire people with the right attitude. If they have a great work ethic and a dynamic personality, they will make sure our guests have their best day of the summer here at Cedar Point, which is our ultimate goal."

Cedar Point will open for the 144th season on May 11, and will debut a new roller coaster, GateKeeper.

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More than 70 types of jobs are available, including positions in food service, games and merchandise, hotels, maintenance, park operations and safety/security.

In 2012, Cedar Point received approximately 22,000 applications from 49 states and several countries.

Cedar Point says employees can enjoy a variety of perks, including unlimited access to the park, beach and Soak City water park. 

This year the park is implementing a variety of employee-centered initiatives as it strives to become an employer of choice.

That means providing more flexible scheduling, developmental training for first-time workers, rewards for returning employees and other incentives for outstanding efforts.

Employees who live in Cedar Point’s dormitories and apartments will also see significant improvements this year, including major Wi-Fi upgrades and new basketball and volleyball courts.

All employees have the opportunity to participate in intramural sports and bus trips to popular travel destinations.

Employees can even earn college credit and work their way into management positions.

To apply for a job, first visitcedarpoint.com/jobs before attending an interview. Next, visit aninterview session at Castaway Bay, 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky:

Interview session:

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8th

5-8 p.m. Friday, March 15th

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16th

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13rd

For more information, go to www.cedarpoint.com.