Jobs in Salinas, California, United States

Location and Population

Salinas is located at the lower end of the Salinas Valley, which runs southeast to northwest until it reaches the Pacific Ocean at Monterey Bay. It is the largest city and county seat of Monterey County. The population in 2016 was estimated at around 157,000, of which about 37 percent foreign-born. The ethnic make-up is Hispanic (77%), Non-Hispanic White (14.5%) and Non-Hispanic Asian (5.5%). The median household income is slightly below the national figure but the cost of living is somewhat higher. Unemployment is not too high, but the share living in poverty is very high, mainly because of low wages paid to agricultural workers in the Valley.

Origins

Salinas was established in 1854 at the junction of two stage-coach routes. Beginning in the 1870s Chinese labor reclaimed swampland for growing wheat. In the 1890s irrigated sugar beets became profitable, using Japanese workers. The city incorporated in 1919 and producers switched to lettuce and other horticultural crops using Filipino field workers and refrigerated railroad cars for shipping. During WWII, Mexicans came in legally to compensate for labor shortages created by the war effort. Hispanics, both legal and illegal, have worked the Salinas fields ever since.

Economy

The Salinas Valley is still an agricultural region and four of the city’s major employers are agribusiness companies. Two hospitals and the county offices are also important economically. To promote tourism, a group of local entrepreneurs invested in revitalization of downtown Salinas, offered tours of vegetable fields, advertised the Valley’s vineyards, and created a mini-Steinbeck industry. Although tourism has grown, its contribution is still modest. Some people live in Salinas because it is affordable and pleasant, and commute to Monterey for work.

Character

The Valley is framed by coastal mountain ranges on both sides. They create a lovely setting for the city, which has a modern downtown, a cool dry climate, clean air and plenty to do for recreation and entertainment. The rural neighborhood of Alisal was absorbed by Salinas in 1963, becoming today’s poor, working class Hispanic neighborhoods of Central and East Salinas. Although gangs and violent crime are omnipresent, many residents hold steady jobs and the tax dollars paid by small shops and businesses there are a top contributor to Salinas’ budget. As second and third-generation Hispanics acquired an education and took higher-paying jobs, they gradually moved into the more affluent Salinas neighborhoods (Creekbridge, Laurelwood, South Salinas). Now there is a degree of integration that makes it possible to think about development for the city as a whole.

What Makes Salinas Special

ARTS AND CULTURE

Salinas Valley Art Gallery: A small space in Old Town showing work of a local artists’ coop.

SHOPPING AND FOOD

The Steinbeck House: Elegant lunches in the restored home of John Steinbeck.
Old Town: A mix of new and restored buildings, vintage shops, cinema, and foodie paradise.
River Road Wine Trail: Wineries and tasting rooms in the Salinas Valley.

SPECIALTY MUSEUMS

National Steinbeck Center. A unique museum which opened in 1998, tracing the life of John Steinbeck, the context for each of his books, and the agricultural history of Salinas, now a Cal State Monterey Bay educational center which runs the annual Steinbeck Festival and promotes cultural and racial awareness through reading, film and young authors programs.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Salinas Sports Complex: Renovated rodeo grounds, used year-round as a live performance and special events venue, as well as for the annual Salinas Rodeo, The complex also includes baseball and softball fields, an aquatic center and stables for horse owners. OUT OF DOORS
Badger Hills Trailhead: The entry point for several trails leading into the Badger Hills. The trails pass through a barren and desolate landscape, but the constantly changing colors on the hills and the views from the top keep aficionados coming back.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: An iconic paved-road racing track built with private funds in 1957 and managed as a Monterey County Park since 1974. It is now used for training drivers when there are no races or other special events. Visitors can also camp there and spend time viewing the grounds and track.
Monterey Zoo: A sanctuary for retired TV/movie animals, where staff know and care for each animal individually, and visitors get to see them close up.
Tatum Park: An outdoor play space, privately- funded and designed and built by volunteers for special needs children, with great appeal for the entire community.
Toro County Park: 20 miles of trails for riding, mountain biking and hiking, all leading to scenic views of the Valley and Monterey Bay, with sport fields and play and picnic areas.

United States California Salinas
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Job ID: 436043BRAddress Line 1: 670 Work StreetCity: SalinasState: CaliforniaZip Code: 93901Position Status: Full-TimeGrade: DRAType of need for Driver Apprentice PositionsCityJob DescriptionPOSITION OVERVIEW:Through ...
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Title: Mobile Associate - Retail Sales Location: CA9225-CA-Main St & Bernal Dr Job Description: Mobile Associate (MA) work as part of a Retail Team of Experts to bring the T-Mobile brand to life. They live and ...
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Moon Valley Nurseries
Do you have experience in any of the following?Car sales or Solar sales industry.Serving or Bartending.Retail sales or Real EstateWe will be conducting interviews Monday June 24th. starting 8am.Interviews will be at the ...
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Under the supervision of the Clinical Manager, the Team Nurse is responsible for the delivery of appropriate, adequate, effective, efficient direct patient care services assigned by the Primary Care Clinician and ...
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KSBW TV
Central Coast ABC-TV, sister station to KSBW-TV, owned by Hearst Television, serving the Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz area, is seeking a Regional Account Executive who will work with advertising agencies outside of our ...
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Sysco Associate Apply - Click HereCompany: Corporate SalinasLocation: US-CA-SalinasZip Code: 93905Minimum Level of Education: High School or EquivalentMinimum Years of Experience: 1Position Type: Non-ExemptTravel ...
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JBT Corporation
Overview The Service / Systems Technician at JBT will service and maintain machinery and chemical systems in customer packinghouses, service and maintain control systems, labelers and other application equipment, build ...
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Job Summary and Mission This position contributes to Starbucks success by providing legendary customer service to all customers. This job creates the Starbucks Experience for our customers by providing customers with ...
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Job Summary and Mission This position contributes to Starbucks success by providing legendary customer service to all customers. This job creates the Starbucks Experience for our customers by providing customers with ...
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Under the supervision of the Clinical Manager, the Occupational Therapist is responsible for the delivery of appropriate, adequate, effective, efficient direct patient care services assigned by the Primary Care ...
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Staples Energy Services
Staples Energy, a leading provider of energy efficiency programs! We are seeking an eager, motivated management trainee to join our growing organization. In this position, you will be given the unique opportunity to ...
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Robert Half Office Team
DescriptionA fast paced agricultural company is seeking a Customer Service Representative to join their team in Salinas, CAThe candidate will be responsible for working directly with the sales and manufacturing teams to ...
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Reports to: Supervisor Responsibilities:  Assists with front desk coverage, greeting customers, and directing customers to appropriate areas and services. Maintains receptionist coverage with a ...
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Rentokil North America
  Service Center Manager Are you passionate about customer service?  Looking to build your career in an exciting industry and a growing world-class organization?  Come see why so many of ...
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