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Job fair caters to careers not just jobs

February 11, 2013

Hundreds of people travel the Cerro Coso Community College Great Hall at the 2013 Career Connections job fair on Feb. 7. They networked with employers, reviewed job postings, picked up applications and got information about the career track and job skills development services offered. Photo by Marilyn Blake Philip

Potential employees met dozens of employers and employment services professionals at a recent two-county job fair, where opportunities ranged from entry- to professional-level and local to global.
Many job openings were posted at Career Connections 2013 this past Thursday, but education and career track development was the main focus of the job fair. Two hundred-plus attendees and 27 employers and agencies mingled at the Cerro Coso Community College Bishop campus.
Attendees were of an eclectic mix with everyone from retirees, there to dispense career advice, to student groups from Big Pine and Palisade Glacier, Lone Pine, Lee Vining and Bishop high schools.

Terry Russi and Jim Jennings, two retired Bureau of Land Management professionals were on hand to steer youth to careers with BLM, USFS and other city, county, state and federal government agencies. Joining California Conservation Corps is a good start, Russi said it permits youth to explore California, meet coworkers of diverse backgrounds and learn responsible teamwork. Young people can do things they won’t be able to later in life, Jennings said. For example, he helped build 80 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and did a lot of learning a long the way. Visit for more information.
Along those lines, there is Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action’s summer Eastern Sierra Youth Conservation Corps program for 16- to 18-year-olds, who would be working on outdoor BLM, USFS and communy garden projects. To apply to be a Conservation Corps Crew Member, visit or 224 S. Main St., Bishop, or contact Administrative Assistant Amy Dessaint at (760) 873-8778 or
Inyo County Health and Human Services offers 16- to 19-year-olds work, up to 20 hours per week, in the Workforce Investment Act summer employment program. Applications are available at Social Services Office, 920 N. Main St., Bishop, “the sooner the better.” Contact Integrated Case Worker Allison Krohn at (760) 872-1394 or visit

Several agencies at the job fair offered job skills and career development trainings. California Indian Manpower Consortium is recruiting for its youth program and provides job search services and vocational training for Native Americans. CIMC encourages people to continuously develop themselves, “to develop the local and therefore the county workforce,” Workforce Development Coordinator Darcia Blackdeer-Lent said. Contact her at (760) 873-3989 or
Owens Valley Career Development Center’s Career Education Program provides vocational training for Native American students through Cerro Coso College, explained Career Counselor Joannie Hanson. OVCDC’s computer lab is also open to the public for tutorials and other career training opportunities. Call (760) 873-6547 about agency services.
More trainings are planned. The main job fair sponsor, Eastern Sierra Employment Collaborators Group, will be announcing workshops for application, resume and cover letter writing; interview skills; and finding work with and applying to State of California and Federal agencies.
Attendee evaluations of the job fair “were overwhelmingly positive. Everyone appreciated the opportunity for networking, liked the location, and was impressed by the turn-out,” Anderson said. “We were “pleased to have produced this event with virtually no budget, but lots of in-kind contributions and donations of time. Especially significant was the donation of the Cerro Coso Community College Great Hall, and the resulting ability to relate job qualifications to local educational opportunities,” Anderson said.
Follow-up workshops will be advertised on job search skills such as filling out applications and preparing resumes, and navigating the federal job search and application system.

Several employers have a large number of job openings posted.
The U.S. Forest Service needs 33 temporary seasonal workers and two permanents: a public affairs officer and a special uses permit administrator. Go to or or contact USFS Civil Rights Officer Chris Moore at (760) 873-2477 or
Toiyabe Indian Health Project has 30 job openings in administration, medical and other areas. Contact Personnel Officer Sara Vance at (760) 873-8464 ext. 224 or
Caltrans needs an electrician, a field mechanic, five equipment operations and an administration professional. “People should know that they need to get on the eligibility list by taking an exam (for each position), some of which are online,” District Personnnel Officer Marsha Milovich, who can be reached at (760) 872-0791 or
California PscyhCare is training people for its Respite Works Program and Behavior Respite in Action programs and has openings for direct staff. Call Lead Instructor/Special Project Coordinator Stephanie Simpson at (760) 454-7281 or visit
Sierra Employment Services is constantly recruiting, Branch Manager Mel Seator said, and has immediate openings: bookkeeper, executive administrator, human resources generalist, retail clerk, housekeepers, skilled and unskilled labor and hospitality and clerical workers. Call (760) 873-8599 or (760) 924-0523 or visit
City of Bishop Parks and Recreation Department needs part-time seasonal workers, Call Community Services Secretary Karey Poole at (760) 873-5863. or visit
The Mono Lake Committee also needs full-time, summer, seasonal workers. Contact Office Director Rosanne Catron at (760) 647-6595 or
Northern Inyo Hospital is another employer in need of new staff. NIH is looking for an IT service desk technician, IT application technician, a director of pharmacy, a staff pharmacist, surgery and labor/delivery registered nurses, relief RN shift supervisors and phlebotomy technicians. Applications are available at or contact Georgan or call (760) 873-2108.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area needs people for sales, retail, IT and hospitality and part-time ski and snowboard instruction. “Most of the people who seek us out are passionate about outdoor sports and enjoy interfacing with people … and it’s a scenic commute,” said Recruiter Timmer Vadheim. Visit, call (760) 934-0653 or email
Cerro Coso Community College needs instructors for Spanish, health science and kinesology classes and a sub-department assistant. Apply online at or call Director Deanna Campbell at (760) 924-1607.
McDonalds owner Kevin Mazzu said, since it’s the only global brand company in the area, McDonalds employees can go from “working crew to management,” locally, statewide, countrywide or even worldwide; opportunities range from a part- to full-time to career path. Local openings include positions for an assistant manager, general manager and part-time crew members. For applications, visit Mazzu’s Bishop, Lone Pine or Mammoth Lakes stores or
Other employers at the fair with job openings included: Inyo County Probation Department – call (760) 878-0377; Pioneer Home Health – visit or call (760) 872-4663; Bishop Care Center – visit or call (760) 872-1000; Bishop Paiute Tribe – contact (760) 873-3584 ext. 248 or or visit; Avon – Contact Becky Hurdle at (760) 938-2058 or; Eastern Sierra Land Trust – contact (760) 873-4554 or; US Army Recruiter Sergeant Christopher Baumgardner is available at (760) 375-9391 or (800)-USA-ARMY.

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