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Steamboat company needs to hire hundreds of workers

The Great American Steamboat Company is launching a recruiting drive in an effort to find 300 people to man its steamer the American Queen. The Great American Steamboat Company is launching a recruiting drive in an effort to find 300 people to man its steamer the American Queen.

(WMC-TV) – The Great American Steamboat Company is launching a recruiting drive in an effort to find 300 people to man its steamer the American Queen.

"Sous chefs, salad prep chefs, dishwashers, bartenders, waiters, busboys, housekeepers, porters, deckhands, engineers, captains," said Jeff Krida, CEO of the Great American Steamboat Company, as he listed off some of the jobs he needs to fill.

More than 250 jobs and the application process is open. The American Queen's home port is Memphis and company officials say they want Memphians on board.

"We would love nothing more than to be able to fill the boat with the majority of the crew from Memphis," said Tim Rubacky, of the Great American Steamboat Company. "When you're in the happiness business, you can't think of a better place to draw your crew members from."

American Queen travels 6,000 miles of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. It cruises for up to ten days at a time and the crew works four to six weeks on and two weeks off.

"We're looking for people that are inclined to be happy and proud to be service providers," Krida said.

The company's CEO said those hired will be taught the necessary job skills for positions he describes as permanent and full-time.

"They're salaried positions with full medical, dental, vision care benefits, a company contribution 401K program, great travel benefits, tuition reimbursement program," he said.

Krida said American Queen is preparing to push out of Memphis in mid-April.

Now all it needs is a crew.

The company is planning a job fair for February 21 through 22. They ask that you first fill out a job application by logging onto their website.

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