The State Fair is currently hiring for the following:

Building Maintenance Specialist 
Rewarding.  Part of a tradition.  Instrumental in success.  If you are in need of a change and want to have a rewarding career that’s part of a tradition and you are given the opportunity to make a direct impact daily, join the team at the SD State Fair.

We are seeking a skilled individual for a full-time building maintenance specialist position. This position maintains, repairs, and restores aspects of the facilities within the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. This position's work could entail aspects of building construction and remodeling of current facilities. Work will be done under the direction of the Maintenance Operations Manager and assist with preparation of grounds and facilities for special events, including set-ups and clean-ups.

Applicants are required to have received technical training in one of the following areas; carpentry, electrical, plumbing, or heating and air conditioning; be able to work outside in all types of weather conditions; be able perform physical labor using a variety of machinery and equipment; be able to repair and maintain a variety of facilities, machinery, and equipment.

If you are someone who thrives on the opportunity to tackle problems and find innovative solutions,  organize multiple projects, have excellent communication skills and the ability to direct the work of others, you would be an ideal fit! A valid driver's license is required and a CDL is a plus. You’ll work an occasional night or weekend and will have extended work hours before, during, and after the annual State Fair. Rate of pay will range from $20.99 to $24.79 depending on your skills and experience. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, ten paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid family leave, and a 6% match on your retirement fund. To apply, go to https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=E6X - Job ID 16297. Open until filled.

Horticulture Building Superintendent
Seasonal employment, minimal hours January through April with more hours May-July. Hours increase August through fair. $12.32/hr. Manage and oversee Horticulture Building during the SD State Fair to ensure fair-time activities and responsibilities are well-planned and implemented. This includes managing competitive entries/exhibits, securing judges, assisting vendors, establishing a schedule, arranging some special events, and more. For more information and to apply, call 353-7340 or stop at the State Fair Administration Office.

Crew Leader - Seasonal
Be a part of a time-honored tradition and be instrumental in the success of the annual State Fair.  The SD State Fair is hiring a crew leader for May-November.  Will supervise and work with inmates doing building and ground maintenance.  Must have a valid driver’s license.  Duties include general maintenance of all types.  Background check conducted.  Will be trained. To apply or for more information, call 353-7340 or stop at the Nordby Exhibit Hall located at 1060 3rd St. SW.

Seasonal positions
Put some extra cash in your pocket! Be a part of a time-honored tradition and be instrumental in the success of the annual State Fair.   The SD State Fair is now hiring for special events and fair week! Open positions include: Maintenance crew leaders, gate, beer, restroom and building attendants, shuttle crew, and security (civilian and uniform). Hours vary, pay rate varies. For an application or for more information, stop by the Administration office at 1060 3rd St SW, call the fair office at 353-7340 or email linda.traver@state.sd.us

It takes a big team to make sure the State Fair goes off without a hitch. Each year the State Fair hires people for the following seasonal positions:

  • Restroom Attendants
  • Beer Garden Attendants
  • Building Attendants
  • Camping Attendants
  • Gate Admission Attendants
  • Shuttle Drivers
  • Certified Police Officers
  • Civilian Positions for Security
  • Maintenance Crew Leaders

 Seasonal Employee Brochure  

Seasonal Employee Application

For more information, or for an application, contact Linda Traver at (605) 353-7342 or by email.
If you are interested in a seasonal position, you can also download the application above and return it to the State Fair Office, located in the Nordby Exhibit Hall near the corner of 3rd Street and Lincoln Avenue.