Florida launches new website to handle oil spill clean up jobs

Florida has announced a new website – Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs, a site which will allow job seekers to locate and apply for positions created to manage the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The site will act as a dedicated portal through the state’s official online job bank Employ Florida Marketplace.  The Marketplace which has been live since 2005, is currently listing over 3,500 positions related to the oil spill response effort along with other job openings across the state.

Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs is a joint venture between Workforce Florida Inc. and the Agency for Workforce Innovation.  These two entities will work together with 24 regional workforce boards statewide to coordinate everything through the single website.  The state hopes that the new site will be the go-to location for job seekers and employers for employment information that is fully verified.

The site will also serve as a place to house and use training information for the specialized skills needed for many of these positions. Over 2,400 workers have already been trained for oil spill related positions. The state also set up 93 local One-Stop Career Centers which work in tandem with the site to provide Floridians with employment and training information.

“Immediate access to recovery-related job openings provides Floridians the opportunity to help our state while supporting their families and communities,” said Governor Crist. “Our beautiful Sunshine State remains open for business, and Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs is the latest example of our coordinated efforts to ensure preparedness and strengthen our economy.”

Floridians can also call 1-877-362-5034 to learn more about available jobs related to response and recovery efforts.

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