HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has announced that a virtual career fair will be held later this month for those interested in jobs in the marine industry.
Presiding Officer Calarco and the legislature’s Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council (MIRAC), in partnership with the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs and the Association of Marine Industries, will host the virtual fair on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers, jobseekers and students who wish to participate may register at www.scnylegislature.us/MIRACFair.
“Suffolk County’s marine industry offers many exciting career paths with competitive salaries, and this virtual fair will showcase those opportunities,” said Presiding Officer Calarco. “The skills sought are diverse and include not only hands-on technical expertise but also sales, marketing, finance, and engineering. This career fair will have something for everyone, whether you are a highly skilled worker looking for a permanent position, someone who is seeking a seasonal opportunity, or a student looking for information on internships or summer employment in the marine industrial field.”
Jobseekers and students will be able to join in a discussion with industry experts about marine careers and meet with local employers and leaders during breakout sessions focused on marinas and recreational boating, aquaculture, commercial fishing, and educational opportunities.
“The Association of Marine Industries is proud to partner with Suffolk County in presenting this virtual career fair,” the association’s president, Vincent R. Pesce, and vice president, Eric Kreuter, said in a joint statement. “The fair will paint a picture of what it is like to work in the marine industry and allow attendees to explore the pathways to employment in many different areas. With summer quickly approaching, boat yards, marinas and other marine-related businesses are looking to hire workers in all kinds of positions, from dock workers to technicians, and this will be a great way for jobseekers to see what opportunities are available.”
“I applaud the multiple Suffolk County stakeholder groups, along with the Association of Marine Industries, for moving forward with the virtual job fair,” said David Wicks, District Superintendent of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and chair of the Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council’s Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee. “Despite the pandemic, we have jobs within the industry that remain unfilled and Suffolk County residents that are in need of employment. This job fair serves to inform people of opportunities that they may not even know exist.”
The Suffolk County Legislature’s Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council was created in 2018 to give government and the private industry a way to work together to help protect, promote and grow one of the pillars of Suffolk County’s economy. The council’s Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee focuses on providing career opportunities and developing a robust marine engineering, fishing, boating, and waterfront workforce through vocational programs and new education programs at local colleges and high schools.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the marine industry and ocean-related jobs accounted for 33,000 jobs and $983 million in wages in Suffolk County in 2015 alone. For more information on the legislature’s Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council, visit www.scnylegislature.us/1073/Marine-Industry-Revitalization-Advisory-.