County seeks senior citizens

KINGMAN - Mohave County has announced openings geared toward a few senior citizens who would like to share their expertise while learning new skills as part-time employees.

"Many of Mohave County's seniors are outstanding resources of expertise," Mohave County Community and Economic Development Department Program Representative/One-Stop Coordinator Lynne Steiger said. "They have excellent work ethics. We have five positions right now that we hope to fill."

Coordinating the Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program, Steiger said hiring people who are 55 and older is just good business.

They often bring valuable experience and skills to the job, she said, as well as being reliable, productive, and they serve as good role models for the younger employees.

"Our program is a winning situation for all," she said. "Many retired people will reach a time when they want to return to the workforce. Right now, we are offering opportunities for those who would like to learn new technology while joining other county employees in providing services to residents. This grant-funded program will pay for classes at Mohave Community College in computer skills and other subjects to help people gain confidence and find new challenges and excitement in their lives. The program also will pay for uniforms, tools, glasses, hearing aids, annual physicals and transportation to jobsites."

She that although the first five jobs are with Mohave County, they constantly seek private corporations, small businesses and community organizations which would benefit by hiring older citizens. The program would, she said, pay 100 percent of the wages for an older worker during the first four weeks of training in addition to the added benefits of hiring senior citizens. Also, a Title V representative would continue to work with each senior employee within the program to find better placement in a private business which would include higher pay and more hours if he or she wanted.

Steiger said they are currently looking to hire three employees to fill temporary clerical positions within the County Community and Economic Development Department - one in Bullhead City and two in Kingman. The positions would require some clerical experience including answering phones, scheduling appointments, filing, faxing, copying and using customer service skills. The Kingman positions, in addition, would require some computer work. The Bullhead City position would be with the Public Health Department.

"We have a position at the Golden Shores Senior and Nutrition Center for someone who enjoys helping others. This job includes vehicle maintenance and packaging and delivering meals. Each applicant must possess a valid driver's license. This person will also help with inventory and stocking of food supplies and cleaning and organizing the walk-in freezer. Applicants for this position must be able to lift 25 to 50 pounds and be able to assist clients to and from appointments. Our other opening is for someone to work at our Kingman Senior and Nutrition Center," Steiger said. "This job includes food preparation and janitorial work."

For more information, call Steiger 753-0723.