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In this July file photo, construction continues at the Amazon "fulfillment center" along Merle Haggard Drive.

A local college official says Amazon is looking to hire more than 3,000 people — three times the total required under a subsidy agreement worked out with Kern County officials — to work full- and part-time at a large distribution center the e-commerce giant expects to open this summer just north of Meadows Field Airport.

Amazon has never specified publicly how many jobs total it expects to create at the warehouse. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the estimate included in a blog post Sunday by Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian.

Christian's blog announced the college's Student Employment Office has partnered with the company to host a series of four virtual job-recruitment events. The first two of the one-hour Zoom events are set for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, with the rest scheduled for exactly one week later.

Christian wrote that Amazon representatives will provide step-by-step information about how to apply for a job at the warehouse and what are its requirements, expectations and benefits packages.

Job applicants may pre-register online for the recruitment events at https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/event/amazon-day.

Amazon has already started hiring upper-level jobs to work at the distribution center, which will also be staffed by robots.

The company has advised job-seekers interested in working at the new building to check its hiring website, amazon.com/jobs. It said the best way to get updates is to text “amazon” to 77088.

Kern's Board of Supervisors agreed in 2018 to give Amazon $3 million in local tax rebates in exchange for employing 1,000 county residents at an average wage of $31,000 per year at the distribution center. The subsidy package would award the company annual refunds totaling about $287,000 for more than a decade.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story overstated the amount of money Amazon is expected to receive under the county incentive.

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