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The Iowa State Fair employs nearly 60 year-round full-time staff members and 1,600 fair-time staff members. Working at the Iowa State Fair is an opportunity to be part of welcoming over 1 million people from all over the world to Iowa’s great celebration. Watch this page for employment opportunities.

Employment

Maintenance Worker II

The Iowa State Fair will begin the process of filling the Maintenance Worker II position. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package; hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include evening and weekend work with extended hours during summer months.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  • Two years of full-time work experience in semi-skilled grounds keeping, maintenance, or equipment operation.
  • Current, continuous experience in the State Executive Branch that includes twelve months of full-time work as a Maintenance Worker 1.

To Apply

Applications/resumes can be submitted online to Frobey@iowastatefair.org or mailed to:

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

Applications/resumes due December 20, 2022.

Custodial Worker

The Iowa State Fair will begin the process of filling the Custodial Worker position. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package; hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include evening and weekend work with extended hours during summer months.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Graduation from high school or G.E.D.;
  • One year of full-time work experience in commercial building maintenance or housekeeping.

To Apply

Applications/resumes can be submitted online to Frobey@iowastatefair.org or mailed to:

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

Applications/resumes due December 20, 2022.

Nursery Worker I

The Iowa State Fair will begin the process of filling the Nursery Worker I position. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package; hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include evening and weekend work with extended hours during summer months.

Qualifications:

  • Experience equal to 1 year of fulltime work growing, transplanting and cultivating flowers, plants, trees and shrubs. This required experience can be a combination of work or education in the area of Horticulture, Dendrology, or studies in Landscape Architecture.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain an applicators certification for Commercial, Noncommercial and Public Pesticide application.

To Apply

Applications/resumes can be submitted online to Frobey@iowastatefair.org or mailed to:

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

Applications/resumes due December 20, 2022.

Internships

2023 Marketing Content Internship

The Iowa State Fair is currently seeking a Marketing Content intern. This role will work with staff and volunteers to create the daily program schedule, assist with copy for brochures, reports and other marketing materials and help to manage the Iowa State Fair App, website and text alert programs.

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter and previous writing samples to:
Mindy Williamson, Marketing Director
mwilliamson@iowastatefair.org

All applications must be received by Monday, January 2, 2023 to be considered.

2023 Concessions, Exhibits & Thrill Parks Internship

The Iowa State Fair is currently seeking Concessions, Exhibits and Thrill Parks interns. This internship will work with the department in managing concessions and midway operations and assist supervision in midway ticket office operations.

To Apply
Mail or email your resume, cover letter to:
Gunner Jorgensen
Iowa State Fair
PO Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317-0003
gjorgensen@iowastatefair.org
All applications must be received by Friday, January 6, 2023 to be considered.

2023 Human Resources/Admissions Internship

The Iowa State Fair is currently seeking an intern for real-world experience in Human Resources. This role will assist with HR related responsibilities for the Admissions Department including all aspects of employee hiring, orientation prep and employee management during the Fair. This work experience will grow your resume for potential employers, plus, you will be assisting with the hiring of the Admissions Department for the Iowa State Fair, Iowa’s largest single event!

To Apply
Mail or email your resume, cover letter to:
Colton Lullmann
Iowa State Fair
PO Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317-0003
clullmann@iowastatefair.org

All applications must be received by Friday, January 6, 2023 to be considered.

2023 IT/Communications Internship

The Iowa State Fair is currently seeking an intern for real-world experience in Information Tech & Communications. This role will assist with IT and communications related responsibilities for the Iowa State Fairgrounds including all aspects of providing vendors and employees internet connectivity prior to and during the Fair. This work experience will grow your resume for potential employers, plus you will be assisting with all aspects of tech as it relates to the Iowa State Fair, Iowa’s largest single event!

To Apply
Mail or email your resume, cover letter to:
Joe Kunkel
Iowa State Fair
PO Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317-0003
jkunkel@iowastatefair.org

All applications must be received by Friday, January 6, 2023 to be considered.

2023 Competitive Events Special Projects Internship

The Iowa State Fair is seeking an intern to assist the competitive events department with special projects. The candidate will work closely with the Competitive Events director on tasks to prepare for the Iowa State Fair. Experience will be gained in customer service, event management, communications and business administration.

To Apply
Mail or email your resume, cover letter to Jen Cannon, Competitive Events Director, by Friday, January 6, 2023.
Jen Cannon
Iowa State Fair
P.O. Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317
jcannon@iowastatefair.org

515.262.3111 ext. 245

2023 Competitive Events Entry Internship

The Iowa State Fair is seeking six interns to assist with the competitive exhibit entries process. Positions are available for both livestock and non-livestock entries. Candidates will gain experience in customer service, event management, communications and business administration.

To Apply
Mail or email your resume, cover letter to Jen Cannon, Competitive Events Director, by Friday, January 6, 2023.
Jen Cannon
Iowa State Fair
P.O. Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317
jcannon@iowastatefair.org

515.262.3111 ext. 245

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