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Retail positions are among those sought by Bass Pro Shops.
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Retail positions are among those sought by Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro plans 300 seasonal hires in Ozarks

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Bass Pro Shops and other Johnny Morris-owned entities are planning 300 seasonal hires in the Ozarks.

Retail, distribution center, contact center, hospitality, manufacturing and conservation attraction positions are open at Bass Pro, Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Big Cedar Lodge and White River Marine Group, according to a news release.

The local plans are part of an initiative to bring on 7,000 seasonal workers with an Oct. 15 hiring event. The level of hiring is on par with recent years, according to past reporting.

The seasonal jobs follow the announcement of some 5,000 positions that became available during the summer.

Bass Pro also is investing in its existing workforce, with a multimillion-dollar investment unveiled in late July. The company issued bonuses of $250-$1,000 based on job role and seniority for its hourly front-line retail, distribution center and manufacturing plant workers across the Bass Pro and Cabela's brands, according to past reporting.

“It is difficult to put into words how deeply proud we are of all our dedicated team members who have worked tirelessly on the front lines throughout this pandemic, showing up every day to take care of our customers," Morris said in a July news release.

Bass Pro ranked No. 3 on Springfield Business Journal's list this year of the area's largest employers, with 6,000 employees within a 50-mile radius of the Queen City. The company reported 40,000 companywide employees for the July 13 list. Forbes research in September estimates $6.5 billion in annual revenue for the outdoor retailer.

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