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Las Vegas Firefighter Jobs

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

If you’ve ever wanted a job as a Las Vegas firefighter, now is the time.

The City of Las Vegas is currently recruiting firefighter trainees. Firefighter trainee recruiting is a very competitive process and requires early preparation from those interested. Eligible trainees are required to completed a written exam, scheduled for January 12, 2010, and a physical ability test, scheduled for spring 2010.

Applicants must be 18-years or older, possess an appropriate valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or equivalent by the date of application. Applicants also mus have a valid Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate and must meet physical condition requirements by the date of a conditional job offer.

The city has scheduled a series of informal seminars to help prepare those interested in becoming a firefighter trainee. The seminars will take place: from 6-8 p.m. May 27 at the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Training Center, 633 North Mojave Rd.; from noon to 2 p.m. June 20 at Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 400 Stewart Ave.; from 6-8 p.m. July 23 at Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Ave. and from 6-8 p.m. August 19 at West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd.

Applications will be available from 8 a.m. September 29 through 4:30 p.m. October 16. Completed applications can be mailed to: City of Las Vegas Human Resources Department, Second Floor, 400 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada 89191. Applications also can be downloaded from the city’s Web site.

Las Vegas Careers Halted at M Resort

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Several Las Vegas careers will be cut with one of the area’s newest resorts.

M Resort recently announced its plan to cut about 100 jobs from the hotel and casino’s workforce. The resort, which just opened, hired an additional 250 workers a week after its grand opening to help handle crowds. The layoffs will include workers in every department, including restaurant and casino staff.

According to an article by Las Vegas Now,the resort cannot confirm that these will be the last layoffs the company will see, as staffing levels are connected to the economy. Gaming experts have estimated that gaming revenue decreased almost 10 percent during March when compared to last year.

In Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, gaming revenue has decreased by 8.5 percent this year to $8.3 billion, according to an article by Time. During October alone, the gaming industry declined by 24.3 percent when compared to last year, while the number of visitors decreased by 3 percent throughout the year.

Many places are struggling to stay open because of the declines, including many restaurants and other popular tourist attractions.

“They’re still going out to eat; they’re just not spending as much money,” David McIntyre, vice president of food and beverage at MGM Grand, said in the article. “They might not have that second glass of wine.”

M Resort isn’t the only one in town facing trouble. Construction on Boyd Gaming’s $4.8 billion Echelon resort was stopped last August and construction isn’t expected to resume until 2010. MGM Mirage sold its Treasure Island facility to Phil Ruffin for $775 million. The company is hoping to finish construction on its $9.1 billion CityCenter.

Las Vegas Construction Jobs Created by Performing Arts Center

Monday, May 11th, 2009

More Las Vegas construction jobs will soon be created as the city gets its first performing arts center.

The Las Vegas City Council recently approved a construction contract for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a $245 million performing arts center in downtown Las Vegas. Building of the center, which will be used to help improve culture, music and the arts in the city, will create 1,000 much-needed construction jobs.

Currently, Las Vegas is the largest metropolitan area in North America that doesn’t have a dedicated performing arts center, according to an article by Las Vegas Now.

“A few years ago, we said Las Vegas was ready to dance,” Myron Martin, president of Smith Center for the Performing Arts, said in the article. “Well today we are ready to start construction on a very significant building.”

Construction on the first phase of the Smith Center will begin this month. The centerpiece will be a 2,000 seat theater, but the center also will include two smaller auditoriums, which will be built in an adjacent building intended for education. The center will be aimed toward Las Vegas residents instead of tourists.

“Instead of trying to lure visitors to come pay tourist dollars for what we are doing, we are trying to enlighten and educate and enrich the lives of people who live here in Las Vegas,” Martin added.

The city is paying for the center through its redevelopment agency, a tax on rental cars paid for by visitors and private grants.

“A legacy will be left for the youngsters who will be able to see the wonderful ballets and hear opera and go to Broadway shows and see Shakespeare plays and all the outstanding events that will take place,” Mayor Oscar Goodman said in the article.