The State Fair is currently hiring for the following:

Marketing/Events Internship
This position will involve assisting the Assistant Manager and State Fair staff with State Fair, other fairground events and event preparation. Duties include updating event websites, making event posters, special event management, posting on fair social media sites and assisting with event ticketing. Additionally, applicant will help with day to day event preparation, answering phones and assisting customers. Hours vary, but 40 hours per week can be offered.       
Applicant must be a full-time student at a college, university or technical institute at the time they apply. By the start of the internship, the applicant should have at least a sophomore standing or currently be enrolled at a technical institute and have completed one year (nine months). 
Preference will be given to South Dakota residents and students of South Dakota institutions.

Applicant must have good communication and customer service skills. Ability to multi-task is a plus. Strong people skills are a must. Digital, web and social media skills are necessary. Experience in Content Management Systems is a plus, training will be provided. Basic Microsoft Office skills are necessary. Design skills and experience in Photoshop are preferred, but not necessary. Preference will be given to those who can be at the 2022 State Fair, Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5 Coursework in communications, event planning, advertising and/or public relations is preferred. 

Internship closes January 24.

For more information or to apply, go to https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=FZM.

Building Maintenance Specialist
If you’re looking for a change and want a challenging and rewarding career that’s part of a South Dakota tradition, while enjoying a stable work schedule and the opportunity to complete a variety of tasks daily, join the team at the SD State Fair!!

The SD State Fair is seeking a full-time building maintenance specialist. Duties include general maintenance and repairs of State Fair facilities and equipment, as well as assist with preparation of grounds and facilities for special events, including set-ups and teardowns. Applicants are required to have received technical training in one of the following areas: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, or heating and air conditioning.

Pay rate is $20.99 to $24.79, depending on skills and experience. Excellent benefits include:

  • Free employee health insurance
  • Available dental and vision insurance
  • Ten paid holidays
  • Fifteen days of vacation leave
  • Fourteen days of sick leave
  • 192 hours of paid family leave
  • 6% match on retirement fund

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. To apply, go to https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=E6X- Job ID 16297.

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 605-353-7340 or stop at the State Fair Administration Office located in the Nordby Exhibit Hall at 1060 3rd St. SW, Huron.

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.