Seasonal operations come with a unique set of challenges. For 29 years, the Seasonal Human Resource Association has existed to support the people responsible for staffing those operations.
In addition to the traditional HR responsibilities of recruiting, onboarding, educating, and administering payroll & benefits, seasonal HR professionals are often also responsible for employee housing, recreation, training, transportation, coaching, motivating communication, performance reviews, retention initiatives – and more. These roles and topics unite a network of professionals from national parks, destination resorts, dude ranches, ski areas, outdoor adventure companies and more at the annual Seasonal HR Association Conference.
Whether you’re an HR Manager, an administrative assistant, a General Manager, a Chef, or any other member of the team charged with developing, motivating, and retaining staff – the challenges involved in this undertaking are vast. The opportunity to gather with a community who gets it allows for a unique mix of continued education, collaboration, and comradery that results in ambitious new ideas, a diverse network of support, and an annual rejuvenation that continues to bloom long beyond the conference conclusion.
“I like that there’s a specific organization for Seasonal HR professionals because it’s such a distinct subset of the HR field as a whole. We have rewards and challenges that are very different from other folks you might meet at a SHRM meeting, for example, so you can get a lot out of the SHRA group because of its specificity.
The retreat style annual conference is a great opportunity to take a sort of bird’s eye view of your job in a way that’s not possible at home. I find it very empowering. The opportunity to compare notes with others in the industry and learn together makes me feel more prepared to take on the day to day challenges of the job.” – Beth M. Human Resources Manager at Signal Mountain Lodge