Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Cloister Means New Jobs; When the Rebuilt Resort Reopens, It Will Need 230 More Employees

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Cloister Means New Jobs; When the Rebuilt Resort Reopens, It Will Need 230 More Employees

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

SEA ISLAND -- One of Glynn County's oldest employers is adding more than 200 jobs as it brings back one of the area's signature destinations.

The Sea Island Co. will open its rebuilt Cloister hotel in March and will need the additional workers to serve what will be a smaller number of guests, officials said.

Visitors to the island have seen the new main building of the Cloister rise over the marshes between St. Simons Island and Sea Island. Even without one of the seats of Southern hospitality, Sea Island successfully hosted one of the premier annual events in the world, the 2004 G-8 Summit in which President Bush met with several other world leaders.

In the past couple of days, the company has given its existing employees first shot at the new jobs in internal job fairs. In the coming weeks, the company will hold other job fairs throughout Southeast Georgia and in Jacksonville, said Meg Galletti, Sea Island's vice president of human resources.

The company could need as many as 230 new employees to work at the Cloister and to fill positions vacated by staffers who are transferring to enhance their careers with the company, Galletti said.

With the additional hiring, Sea Island will have 2,100 employees by spring and will have more in later months as the resort reaches its peak season, said Merry Tipton, vice president of corporate communications.

The positions include food and beverage servers, chefs, cooks, stewards, butlers, banquet captains, dining room managers and bartenders, Tipton said.

Sea Island will train the employees in 30-, 60- and 90-day increments depending on the skill level of the position, Tipton said.

Some jobs, such as senior chef positions, will require formal culinary education, but in other positions the company is seeking applicants with experience, a willingness to learn or both, Tipton said.

Because of its plans for additional guest services, such as butlers for overnight guests, the Cloister will require more workers than before, Tipton said.

"We look especially for employees who want to serve from the heart, who relish that opportunity of providing the genuine hospitality Sea Island is known for, who live our values and have the skills required to do the job,'' Tipton said. …

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