Ag job fair goes super regional

Jobs working in the beef, peanut, watermelon and equestrian industries are at the top of the list of agricultural positions being advertised for the upcoming agricultural job fair on July 28.

For the first time, a super regional event involving CareerSource branches in Alachua, Citrus, Levy and Marion counties will be held both in-person and virtually.

Catherine Galica, business development manager for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, said the organization will hold in-person events simultaneously from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala (1390 Northwest 80th Avenue) and at the Alachua Agricultural and Equestrian Center in Newberry (23100 W. Newberry Road).

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Organizers are asking candidates to wear face masks in the Ocala location and to follow Alachua County COVID-19 rules in Newberry.

Galica said this is the first event of its kind in combining effort with the Gainesville-based CareerSource.

“It will be a super-regional event,” she said.

The Greater Gainesville Chamber has documented an unprecedented number of job openings in recent months as employers struggle to staff up following the pandemic shutdown. 

So far, employers attending the Citrus, Levy Marion CareerSource event in Ocala include: Dunnellon Feed and Farms Supply, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, FM Meat Products, Katya Vineyards, Ocala Breeders Feed and Supply, Quincey Cattle Co., Inc, Scherer Quality Farms, Williston Peanuts, Inc., Woerner Farms and the World Equestrian Center.

According to Damian Niolet, business services manager for CareerSource NCFL based in Gainesville, the list of employers signed up to meet job seekers in Newberry include: UF/IFAS, Frog Song Organics, Double B Southern land clearing and sod, Circle K, and trucking companies.

The job fair is also available to attend virtually online by registering beforehand to receive a link.

Interested persons can direct questions to 352-955-2245 (Gainesville office), 904-964-8092 (Starke office) or 352-840-5627 (Ocala office).

CareerSource representatives recommend that those attending dress for success and bring copies of a resume.

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