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.
Read profiles of this year's honorees.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Jim Meinsen gives his advice for finding new clients as the owner of a new or existing business. Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and recently celebrated 50 years in business.
Jeramey and Julia Henson discuss the reason they and HM Dentworks co-owner Chris McWhirter started the HM Dentworks Academy. With the job demands of their field taking them across the country, all three felt that they needed a plan for the future.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.