Free Gas: Sunriver Resort’s Latest Incentive to Fill About 200 Open Summer Jobs


(Update: added video, comments from GM Tom O’Shea reported Wednesday)

$300,000 fund for gift cards – $100 per month for each worker, May through August

SUNRIVER, Oregon (KTVZ) – With summer fast approaching and hundreds of job openings still to be filled, Sunriver Resort is looking for volunteer workers, with a new benefit in their pocket – gasoline free, worth $300,000.

In an effort to attract and retain the employees needed to fill more than 400 seasonal summer positions, the station said Wednesday it would help pay for employees’ gas for the next four months, through a distribution of gift cards.

“Some expenses have increased more than the national average due to inflation and obviously refueling is clearly one of them,” station general manager Tom O’Shea said Wednesday.

The station’s $300,000 gas reimbursement fund will provide each station employee with a gas gift card, which gives them $100 per month, from May through August.

“We know how expensive gasoline is today,” O’Shea said. “We know what it costs to fill up your tank. We know the difference between what it was two years ago and what it is today. It’s important and it really affects many of our employees.

Between the 100 students they’re bringing in through an international program and the 100 employees already hired through the pipeline, O’Shea said they still need to find and hire a few more. 200 workers for the busy summer season.

The resort said it is now accepting applications for a variety of positions for the 2022 summer season. Part-time and full-time seasonal positions include culinary and housekeeping staff, marina, golf services and store attendants, gardeners, guest services, spa service providers, pool and recreation ambassadors, food and beverage, management and more.

The resort is hosting a job fair on Thursday, May 12 from 4-6 p.m. in the Homestead building at the Sunriver Resort — and hiring on the spot. For more information on positions and to apply for current job openings, visit

O’Shea pointed out that pay is competitive, with catering positions ranging from $19 to $25 an hour, and some other positions starting at $25 an hour.

Some other incentives include discounts at stables and restaurants, and of course the chance to hang out with the Takota, the resort’s big “hug manager” who hangs out at reception.

Understanding the need for financial assistance, O’Shea said the gas fund made a lot of sense to initiate.

“It’s an area where we can do something and impact the most people,” he said.


Here’s the rest of the station’s press release announcing the gas aid:

Candidates attending the career fair are encouraged to complete an online application in advance, as well as bring a copy of their resume to the event. Hiring will be done on the spot and wages for some positions start at $25 per hour. Applicants must be 14 years of age or older to work at Sunriver Resort, and not all positions require applicants to have previous experience.

Competitive salaries are just one of the many benefits offered to Sunriver Resort employees. Being part of the team includes great benefits such as free golf, free canoe and bike rentals for employees and their immediate family, discounted health club membership at Sage Springs Club and Spa and discounts at Sunriver Resort restaurants and outlets. These perks add to the appeal of this locals’ favorite resort and contribute to the like-minded team spirit that brings back staff who return year after year.

“We are looking for candidates who are focused on providing a high quality experience for our guests, but who also want to work in a fun and welcoming environment,” said Tom O’Shea, general manager of Sunriver Resort.

About Sunriver Resort
Located just 15 miles south of Bend, Oregon, in the heart of central Oregon, Sunriver Resort is a 3,300-acre, activity-rich, all-weather getaway destination and conference center. Sunriver Resort is resplendent with natural beauty and countless activities, including world-class golf, award-winning spa facilities and services, nine Northwest restaurants and cafes and more. The historic resort offers lodge-style rooms, suites, vacation homes, and condominiums for rent or purchase. Local activities include skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, brewery tours and more. Whether guests are staying for a day, a week or a lifetime, they are sure to find an escape filled with adventure, relaxation, inspiration and, ultimately, unforgettable memories. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and instagram.


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