Employment

The State Fair is currently hiring for the following:

Head Gardener
Seasonal employment: Start in mid-April through September. $12.32/hr with approximately 25 hours a week (generally 7am-12pm, but flexible). Responsible for numerous gardening duties, general maintenance and care of flower beds and planters including soil cultivation, bed preparation, planting, weeding, pruning, and watering.  Must have general knowledge of gardening and physically capable of bending, lifting, and working in spring and summer weather conditions. For more information and to apply, call 353-7340 or stop at the State Fair Administration Office.

Gardener Attendant
The SD State Fair is seeking an individual to assist with prepping flower beds and overall care of flower beds including planting, weeding, and watering. $10.24/hour, hours will be 7am-12pm, with occasional extended hours. Start early May through August, with some flexibility on start and end date. For more information and to apply, call 353-7340 or stop at the State Fair Administration Office.

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.

Equestrian Superintendent
Seasonal employment, minimal hours January through July.  Hours increase August through fair. $12.32/hr. Manage and oversee Hippodrome and equine events during the SD State Fair to ensure fair-time activities and responsibilities are well-planned, functional, and implemented. This includes managing stalling, securing judges, establishing a schedule, and supporting special event organizers and assist with details to ensure smooth and successful events including Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Ranch Rodeo, Draft Horse Show, Horse Demonstrations, Dog Trials, etc. For more information and to apply, call 353-7340 or stop at the State Fair Administration Office.


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.