NOTE ABOUT HERSHEYPARK VOLUNTEERS!
We are currently waiting approval of our 2017 contract by HersheyPark and cannot schedule volunteers until that time. We submitted our contract for approval on April 2, 2017 and have been waiting since. We appreciate your patience! Thank you!
HersheyPark Volunteer Information
The following is information for Gemma's Angels volunteers working at HersheyPark. The information is extensive and should answer just about every question you may have. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to call us at the phone number below.
How does the HersheyPark Volunteer Program work?
- You volunteer your time at the Hershey Entertainment Complex, and;
- Gemma’s Angels receives $18 for 3 (three) hour shifts, $24 for 4 (four) hour shifts, and $30 for 5 (five) hour shifts, AND
- You receive one (1) Hersheypark voucher for each shift completed! It's that simple!
- You MAY be asked to work a double shift. If so, you get two passes!
- Note that during very busy holiday schedules or when the park is short of staff, HersheyPark sometimes will offer double or even triple vouchers for a single shift!
- You will receive an email from us listing the available shifts and jobs.
- You respond via email telling us which shifts/jobs you are available
- We contact the park, ask for the assignment and get a confirmation back from them
- Once confirmed by email or phone from us, you report on the given date and time
- You sign in, sign a release and will be provided with instructions by park staff
- Volunteer shifts may be located at Hersheypark, Hersheypark Stadium, Hersheypark Arena, or the GIANT Center.
- Note: you receive the voucher(s) for the HersheyPark tickets at the end of your shift!
How Do I Become a Volunteer at HersheyPark?
STEP 1: REGISTER IN OUR VOLUNTEER DATABASE
Click here to go to our online volunteer database. Please make certain you complete the entire form including your phone number. If you want to volunteer, we'll need to have a way to contact you!
STEP 2. LEARN HOW IT ALL WORKS
Click here to go to Gemma's Angels HersheyPark information page for our volunteers. It will give you information about everything you'll need to successfully volunteer--what to wear, when to report, where to report, parking, what departments have jobs... everything! This information is very important! Note: HersheyPark is very particular about these rules! They have very high standards for appearance and conduct and so do we. Remember, you not only represent HersheyPark when you are there, but you represent us as well. We guarantee that you will not only earn passes at the park but will have a great time doing so!
STEP 3. WATCH FOR JOBS
There are several ways to find out about what volunteer jobs are open at HersheyPark:
- Since you've registered in our online database as a HersheyPark volunteer, you will automatically receive emails for us advising you of jobs
- You can go to our HersheyPark Jobs page by clicking here. It's updated by our HersheyPark Volunteer Manager.
- You can go directly to the source--HersheyPark's own calendar and find out what is currently available.
Note: ONLY Food & Beverage and Rides have their own schedules posted. For all other Departments, you will have to rely on our posted availability schedule.
STEP 4. SIGN UP FOR JOBS
Once you decide on the days and jobs you wish to work, click here to request your shift. And here's the important part: We'll email or call you.
that's right, WE'LL LET YOU KNOW
We will notify you by phone or by email if your request has been accepted by HersheyPark. You are not assigned automatically. If HersheyPark does approve your request and we notify you, simply report to the employee entrance to the park 30 minutes prior to the start of your shift. You will be asked to sign a wavier on your very first shift and given a shirt.
here's the cool part--you get your hersheypark vouchers right away--at the end of your shift
YES, at the end of your shift! And those vouchers are good for one admission and they don't expire for an entire year. So, you, your friends or family have one year to use them. You can use them during the regular HersheyPark season, for HersheyPark in the Dark, at Christmas Candylane. etc.
Sometimes, they run out of vouchers due to demand. Don't panic, they are very good at postal mailing them to you. Just give them some time. If there is an issue, contact us.
step 5. I've got a question or a problem, who do I contact?
Question about the program should be directed to Jill Carpenter, our volunteer HersheyPark Volunteer Manager. You can email her at email@example.com. We don't list a phone number for her because we pinky-swore promised that she wouldn't get a lot of calls as she has a full-time job, three kids and a home to manage. This job takes an extraordinary amount of work and we appreciate everything she does for us. And she donates all of her time!
If you have a last minute emergency and need to cancel, call Mike at (717) 686-7503. Please keep those calls to emergency or urgent calls only. Otherwise, email us.
Remember, by signing up for the HersheyPark Volunteer Program, you agree to abide by all the rules of the program. And give away your first born. Okay, maybe not that one.
Below is additional information about the program.
VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTIONS
The following Departments regularly provide requests for volunteer jobs:
- Food & Beverage: Assist catering staff with special group meals; assist in restaurants with prep work, basic cooking, serving customers, and maintaining general cleanliness. Some Organization Volunteers may be asked to handle money. Year round shifts are available.
- Ride Operations: Assist operators at major rides, operate easy-to-run rides, enforce height restrictions and other safety guidelines, and sweep and maintain general cleanliness of ride area. Must be able to lift approximately 25-30 lbs. several times a day.
- Games: Assist in operating games; all Organization Volunteers must handle money and most games must be accessed by climbing in and out of two to three feet counters.
- Retail: Stocking and maintain cleanliness of shops, selling items to guests and operating a cash register.
- Parking Attendant: Assist in collecting parking fees and identifying parking passes as guests enter the Hershey Entertainment Complex. Organization Volunteers must be able to handle money and be comfortable processing cash transactions without the use of a calculator or cash register.
The following Departments rarely, if ever, provide requests for volunteer jobs:
- Utility: Pick up trash in the Hersheypark midways and landscapes. Wash down asphalt concrete walkways with fire hose, empty trash cans, wash sponsorship cars, and assist in cleaning the Hersheypark and adjacent parking fields. Must be able to lift up to 30-40 lbs.
- Guest Services (Used at ZooAmerica Guest Services Only): Will need to be able to work in outdoor location at Hersheypark/ZooAmerica bridge. Hand stamp and record guests entering ZooAmerica from Hersheypark. Ensure guests returning to Hersheypark from ZooAmerica have the proper hand stamp.
- ZooAmerica: Animal exhibit interpretation, hands-on learning tables, animal encounters, and assisting with special events such as Creatures of the Night and Scout Days. Organization Volunteers will need to be comfortable speaking with guests.
- Usher (Giant Center and Hersheypark Stadium): Checking guests tickets, showing guests to their ticketed seats and overseeing a section during an event. Organization Volunteers may also operate an elevator and maintain access control at various locations to ensure only those guests with proper tickets/credentials enter and exit. Organization Volunteers may also assist with guest surveys and distributing promotional material.
- Special Events (Treatville during Hersheypark In The Dark): Set up, prepare and give out candy to guests as they walk through Treatville during our Halloween events. Organization Volunteers will also control the entry to the area and ensure that guests only come through one time per day.
**Standard Working Conditions for all Departments: Organization Volunteers must be able to stand for entire Volunteer Shift and Organization Volunteers must be able to bend, stoop, and walk. Must be able to volunteer in a variety of positions.
REPORTING FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT
- Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your shift
- Once you have reached your respective location, you will be prompted to sign in.
- Signing In - Once you have met the Department representative, you will be asked to sign in.
- Upon signing in, you will also sign the Volunteer Release and Waiver Agreement.
- This is where age will be verified for anyone who appears to be under the age of thirty (30).
- The Volunteer Temporary Pass will then also be completed by a Labor and Scheduling employee
- At this point, all cell phones must be turned off or placed on silent. Individual Volunteers may not have electronic devices such as cameras, iPods, iPads, or any other device that would turn attention away from the Guest.
- Once individual Volunteers are signed in and verified, they will receive all company issued items, temporary I.D. card, and their assigned location for the block shift.
- For further details of each Department’s respective check in process, please reference each Department Welcome Letter.
- Breaks - Volunteers will NOT receive a break when signing up for a five (5) hour block. However, if a Volunteer is scheduled for back to back block shifts, his/her break will occur between the block of shifts.
- Volunteers may not consume or purchase any item of food within the Park gates, GIANT Center, or HP Stadium. Volunteers are required to break only in the designated employee areas (please reference each Department Welcome Letter attached for details).
At the end of your shift at Hersheypark you are to continue to go to "Check In" at the Historic Hersheypark Arena, the same as in the past.
Once the individual Volunteer has finished his/her block shift, he/she will sign out.
- Signing Out – Once the individual Volunteer is released by his/her assigned location either early or at the designated time, he/she will need to sign out.
- Once the individual Volunteer has signed out, he/she will forfeit their temporary I.D. and any company issued items if applicable.
- Once all the requirements of signing out have been satisfied, the individual Volunteer will receive one (1) voucher.
To receive the volunteer voucher, you are required to hand the Volunteer Temporary Pass to a Labor and Scheduling employee, who will give you a single new voucher that is already completed with your information. The new voucher will indicate the number of vouchers the document will be "worth". Example - If the shift worked by the volunteer was a triple voucher shift, the new voucher will be "worth" 3 tickets of the volunteers choice as indicated on the new vouchers. The new vouchers will remain exchangeable in the Season Pass Office here at Hersheypark.
- For further details of each Department’s respective check out process, please reference each Department Welcome Letter.
VOLUNTEER DRESS CODE
In conjunction with the employee dress code, Volunteers are required to dress in accordance of these policies. Below are HE&R’s dress requirements which are general and apply to all Departments. Please also reference each of the Department Welcome Letters attached for additional dress requirements.
- Volunteers should wear khaki pants.
- Shirts should be white polo with no logo, emblem or message.
- Specific departments may issue an apron, outerwear or other item to fit the occasion/work.
- Attire must be clean, pressed, and in good condition without rips, tears, or cargo pockets
- All clothing should fit properly and be appropriate to the job being performed
- Belts must be worn appropriately
- Undergarments must not be visible
- No use of earphones for any purpose
- And--it shouldn't have to be mentioned--but no sleeping on the job.
- Hair should be clean and combed with no excessive hair ornaments
- Hair length must not interfere with performing job duties nor obstruct eye contact. Long hair must be secured and away from the face in food areas or anywhere that machinery is operated
- Jewelry should not be an interference or distraction to the job being performed and must conform to departmental guidelines
- Bracelets must be professional and traditional in style and color. (Rubber, leather, hemp or braided, etc. are unacceptable bracelets.)
- No more than two (2) rings per hand (wedding set equals one ring) and one (1) watch
- Medical alert bracelets and necklaces are acceptable
- Necklaces can be worn but must be tucked into your shirt while on duty
- Ankle bracelets and toe rings are not acceptable
- Earrings can be worn however only two (2) per ear can be worn that are no larger than a quarter. Dangling earrings cannot be worn at any time
- Jewelry may be prohibited or subject to additional requirements at some properties or in some departments
LAYERING WHEN IT GETS COLD
- Dress accordingly to weather conditions which include a jacket, fleece, or sweatshirt as needed. They must not have logos, emblems, or messages
NAME TAGS AND IDENTIFICATION BADGES
- If a Hershey Identification Tag is required by the respective Department to be worn, it must be worn on the outermost layer
SHOES AND SOCKS
- Shoes must conform to safety standards by providing safe footing with support to the ankle, offering protection against hazards, as well as conforming to company guidelines
- Shoes should be clean, brushed clean or polished, in good repair and appropriate for the work environment
SUNGLASSES AND CORRECTIVE LENSES
- When worn outside, sunglasses must be removed when speaking to Guests. Mirrored sunglass lenses are not permitted. Sunglasses shall not be worn in the evening or in areas where lighting is scarce
- Volunteers may not wear sunglasses or tinted lenses indoors while on duty unless medically necessary
TATTOOS AND BODY PIERCINGS
- All visible tattoos must be covered
- All visible body piercings must be taken out or covered
SHIRTS/ UNIFORM TOPS
- Volunteers are not permitted to roll shirtsleeves or pop the collars if the shirt has one
- If the Volunteer chooses to wear a shirt underneath a company issued shirt, it must be white, free of writing, without a logo, and shall not extend past the uniform shirt's sleeves
PANTS, SHORTS, SKIRTS, AND SKORTS/UNIFORM BOTTOMS
- Volunteers are not permitted to roll pants/shorts/skirts/skorts at the waist or bottom of shorts
- Failure of the individual Volunteer to comply with the Volunteer Dress Code will result in the Volunteer being turned away for the block shift thus forfeiting vouchers or charitable contributions for the non-profit Organization. Individual Volunteers must be made aware of the Volunteer Dress Code by the Volunteer Coordinator before the Volunteer arrives on property.