Employment Opportunities


The Fair hires staff for the following seasonal positions:

  • Cashier (Ticket Sales)
  • Maintenance
  • Parking and Barricades
  • Public Safety
  • Ticket Takers

Applicants must be at least 16 years old and may apply in person at the Administration Building or download an application and mail it to:

Iowa State Fair
P.O. Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317

During the Fair, there are also job opportunities available with food vendors, commercial exhibitors and the Midway. Applications for this type of work will be handled by Iowa Workforce Development starting in the summer. The schedule of when they will be accepting applications will be posted as soon as it is available.

Effective June 1, 2015, local school officials and IowaWORKS offices will no longer issue work permits. For full instructions, please visit iowaworkforce.org.