Universal Orlando will hire 2,500 people for full-time, part-time, seasonal and salaried positions across the resort, according to a press release issued Thursday.

The roles cover “all areas” of the resort’s operations, including attractions, aquatics, food services, culinary, custodial, warehouse, entrance operations and sales. Working for Universal Orlando includes discounts, free park admission, complimentary guest passes and starting pay of at least $12 per hour beginning Feb. 3. That raise came after unionized workers at Disney World negotiated a series of pay increases, incrementally raising wages to $15 per hour in 2021.

The jobs being offered by Universal also include hourly roles paying above that minimum rate, such as the deep water lifeguards at Volcano Bay, who will make $13.50 per hour. Professional positions in entertainment, tech services, IT, finance, marketing and human resources are also available.

“Universal Orlando will hold multiple job fairs over the next several weeks. Job fairs are by appointment only,” the resort said. “Candidates interested in joining a family of committed Team Members who are treated with respect should apply online, and will then be contacted to schedule an interview appointment.”

The resort’s 2019 additions will require additional staff, such as the “Harry Potter” coaster being built in Islands of Adventure or the first phase of the Endless Summer Resort opening this summer.

It’s unlikely, however, the new part-time job listings are at all tied to the new Universal park planned near the Orange County Convention Center. While some minor work has begun on the site and the park’s rumored name — Universal’s Fantastic Worlds — leaked out of a Comcast employee town hall, Universal hasn’t confirmed its plans, only saying it’s “looking at” building another Orlando park.

That hasn’t slowed down the theme park rumor mill. Alicia Stella of Orlando Park Stop reported Monday that she obtained a leaked document from an anonymous source purporting to show some of the plans for new park, including that it would include Nintendo-themed attractions.

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