Working at Merrill Dunes
Merrill     Dunes
As of August of 2018 we are after a special type of worker.  Business levels will be generally low for the rest of the season but we will have some large groups that require assistants to clean masks and hand out paintballs during the time that groups are on site.  These are very simple and pleasant jobs, the pay is excellent, but the number of total hours is very low and it is vital that the workers are flexible as to when they can help.  Proximity to Merrill Dunes will go a long ways towards making the job practical for you and for us.

These requirements limit the number of potential workers but if you happen to look at this page, don't assume you don't fit.  The applicant could be retired or have a shift job - the time flexibility is vital.  Students might work but we have some events during normal school hours.  The plus of the deal is that the environment is great fun.  You are dealing directly with a wide variety of very happy people.  The right personality might view the "job" as a pleasant adventure that they get to experience every so often!  Again, realize that total hours for the duration of the season will not be high.

Workers have advance warning of work times and we will have backup workers so there isn't pressure on any one person to be on site, or else.  We visualize having several names we can call on so someone is almost sure to be able to help out without personal difficulty.

Knowledge of paintball is of no importance.  If you are friendly with people and good with children or are a "mother hen" type, you are likely perfectly suited to look after children ages 10 to 40.  No noses to wipe, just mask lenses!  No cookies or candy to hand out.  Just paintballs.  But the principle is the same.  It is a gal job - guys are more interested in getting out and reffing or fixing or commanding - guys aren't going to thrive - what we need is care-givers.

One word of caution.  Cell phone addiction has become a real problem for employers in recent times.  We have a rather dim view of anyone suffering from drug addiction!  Difficult to do two jobs at the same time and nice to have a worker's mind on the job site and not elsewhere.  Connecting with clients is vital and doing so requires focus.

The short video tells you the whole story of the job, less the drama of the steady flow of personalities that come to that counter!  Before an event is over, you know everyone, likely even their name (from their ball card).
The Dunes has seen a lot of interesting personalities over the years and a lot of good times!
Here are some staff shots from over the years.
See our Spring of 2019 "farm kid" note at bottom of this page!
As of the early spring of 2019, we are unsure of our staffing needs.  We are not sure of the level of business that the weakening economy will deliver.  We are not sure of the impact that our new laser tag system will have.  We are not sure if we will have any of our 2018 summer staff returning.  But, as we arrange our 2019 card hand, we appreciate hearing from people who have a desire to work at Merrill Dunes and may fit in to the operation.  Here are some characteristics that will allow you to catch our attention!  You may be an increasingly special and rare group!

- a farm or at least an acreage background
- a good student - in 2018 we employed university students.  Their long summer holiday fits nicely.
- living somewhat close to Merrill Dunes so that transportation is efficient
- old enough to drive and able to drive to the Dunes in an efficient manner
- not afflicted with drug problems, one of the most common being "cell phone addition".  The curse of having your body one place and your mind elsewhere tends to inhibit a person's capacity to deal with the Dunes environment!
- likely with absolutely no interest in paintball or airsoft but good at dealing with people
- blessed with the capacity to think and actually get things done - "job smarts" - a trait of many farm kids!

( Eye the photo collection on this page as well as the rest of the website and you will have a good idea of the novel variety of jobs that staff confront.  If you are a capable and personable worker, you will thrive and learn - the Dunes is not a "single skill" assembly line kitchen or factory environment.  It is much closer to a farm than to a specialized indoor office job!  It is a "people place" as well as a "design and make" shop, nestled in an agricultural setting! )
Our ad that appeared in the RM Review Newspaper which serves the area west of Saskatoon.