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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.

Seasonal Employment

Fair Time Employment

Positions available for the following:

  • Admissions
  • Barksdale's State Fair Cookies
  • Thrill Parks
  • Giant Slide
  • Seasonal Maintenance
  • Parking
  • Communications/IT Department
  • Concessions, Exhibits & Thrill Parks Assistant

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Open Interviews Day

We need YOU at Iowa's biggest event this summer! Working at the Fair is an opportunity to be part of welcoming over 1 million people from all over the world to Iowa's greatest celebration.

Benefits include valuable experience, making friends and FREE FAIR ADMISSION & PARKING!

Positions available in Admissions, Barksdale's State Fair Cookies, Thrill Parks, Giant Slide, Seasonal Maintenance, Parking and Communications/IT Department.

Attend Open Interviews Day Thursday, July 7, from 2-7 p.m., in the Elwell Family Center
on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 

Concessions

Grill/Fry Cook

Cookie Production: This position will assist in the manufacturing process of making cookies, utilizing commercial mixing and baking equipment and following food safety guidelines. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. 

Food & Beverage Server: This position will aid in the fulfillment of cookie, ice cream and beverage orders while adhering to food safety guidelines. Applicants must be 14 years of age or older. 

Cashier: This position will handle all order transactions on a cash register and be responsible for balancing their cash drawer daily. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Seasonal Employment Application Form (.pdf)

Please fill out the seasonal employment application form and return to Annie Cook, Concessions and Exhibits Coordinator, at acook@iowastatefair.org.

Employment

Part-time Public Safety/Security Officer

The Iowa State Fair Police Department is currently accepting applications for Part Time Public Safety/Security Officers. This is a civilian position and does not allow the employee to carry a firearm.

There may be other opportunities throughout the year for part time public safety/security officers to work during events on the grounds, however, not guaranteed. These duties may include, but are not limited to securing specific locations, gate access, traffic direction, and providing event security for the event.

Applicant must complete an application and successfully complete a criminal history and background check. When applying, be sure to include any and all training and experience you may have that would benefit you in this type of position. For more information contact the Iowa State Fair Police Department at 515-262-3931.

Public Safety Application

Part-Time Police Officer

The Iowa State Fair Police Department is currently accepting applications for Part Time Police Officers. Part time officers have the ability to work year round with emphasis on working during the annual Iowa State Fair. During the 11-day Iowa State Fair, we are asking that the applicant be willing to work a minimum of 6, twelve hour days during the state fair. Part time officers are regularly used to fill full time officer vacancies due to vacations, sick leave or training. Part- time officers are used to supplement several major events that occur during the year to maintain a safe and secure environment, however, this is not guaranteed. Applicant must be an ILEA certified peace officer. Qualified applicants will be required to take an MMPI test (if you have not taken one in the past year), be fingerprinted and have a background check conducted. This is mandatory per Iowa Administrative Code. If an officer commits to working the entire 11-day Iowa State Fair, lodging assistance may be available if the officer lives a nonrealistic distance away for daily travel. For more information contact the Iowa State Fair Police Department at 515-262-3931.

Public Safety Application

Armed Security Officers

The Iowa State Fair Police Department is currently accepting applications for Armed Security Officers to work during the 2022 Iowa State Fair. The applicant must be willing to work a 9-hour day for the entire 11 day state fair. Lodging assistance may be provided for applicants who commit to all 11 days, live more than 50 miles from the Des Moines and are unable to procure housing on their own. The dates for the 2022 Iowa State Fair are August 11-21, 2022. Applicant must be a previous or retired peace officer in good standing. Applicants will also be required to attend some in service training leading up to the state fair and must also shoot and pass the ILEA firearms qualification course for police officers with an Iowa State Fair Police Department firearms instructor. Applicants will also be fingerprinted and a background check will be conducted. Additionally, there may be other opportunities throughout the year for part time work during major events, when necessary, to maintain a safe and secure environment, however, this is not guaranteed. For more information contact the Iowa State Fair Police Department at 515-262-3931.

Public Safety Application

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