A private firm wants to hire 900 people to help with security and other administrative duties during the U.S. Open, and University Place residents will be given priority.
Applicants do not need to have prior security experience. Some jobs will start as early as this month and will extend through June.
“We're working on the course all the way through the championship,” said Sade Battle, Andy Frain Services’ event director for the U.S. Open Championship. She made the announcement Monday night during a University Place City Council meeting.
Andy Frain Services, based in Illinois, has held the private security contract with the USGA for 11 years. But Battle said this is the first time the firm has worked directly with a city to fill the positions. Previously it has worked with other private firms.
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It opened a temporary office at Windmill Village next to UP City Hall on Tuesday (March 17).
UP residents interested in employment have a one-week head start on nonresidents. Applications will open to everyone March 23.
“With University Place, what we’re doing is a fast-tracked program,” Battle said.
That means anyone with an address in the city should expect to be contacted within two days of applying.
Positions to be filled include staffing the non-armed security screening areas in the designated U.S. Open parking lots around the region and at Chambers Bay golf course. That includes screening spectators for items not permitted on the course by the USGA.
The firm is also looking to hire people for administrative roles, such as checking in staff, Battle said.
Pay ranges from $10 to $15 an hour. People ages 18 to 92 are eligible.
All applicants will be interviewed and screened. Positions will be assigned based on ability and experience.
UP residents are getting priority treatment because UP council members Javier Figueroa and Steve Worthington approached the security firm during last year’s Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The pair asked about opening hiring to UP residents first, saying the city would help promote the need to fill the 900 positions.
Shifts range from four to 12 hours. Some jobs start as early as this month, Battle said. By May, the firm will provide security 24 hours a day through the championship, which starts June 15 and ends June 21.
Employees will be given credentials to work the championship, granting them access to Chambers Bay.
And as long as they do their jobs, of course.
“We don't want folks just to apply to have access to the course,” Battle said.
The 900 positions are part of the USGA’s larger security plan that includes armed public law enforcement officers. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is working on a plan to deploy up to 450 officers a day at locations around the South Sound.
The Sheriff’s Department will provide deputies and has asked law enforcement outside Pierce County, including Washington State Patrol, to provide help with functions such as traffic control. Local officials are still working on the details of that plan.