If you registered (in person or online) or worked in 2007 through 2016, you do not need to re-register; however, you must go to the Employment Center to update your registration. Those who last registered or worked prior to 2007 will need to register online and go to the Employment Center.
Online registration begins May 1, 2017.
Stop by the Employment Center during office hours, and the staff can assist you with your registration.
The Employment Center is not located on the fairgrounds. It is southwest of the grounds at 1129 Cathlin Street, St. Paul, MN 55108 - 1/2 mile west of Snelling Avenue off Como Avenue. See a map.
From the north: Take 35W south to Highway 36 east via Cleveland Avenue exit. From Highway 36, go south on Snelling Avenue. Exit on Como Avenue and go west (right) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.
Or, take 35E south to Highway 36 west. Take Snelling Avenue exit and go south. Exit on Como Avenue and go west (right) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.
From the south: Take 35W north to I-94 east. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn north (left). Exit on Como Avenue and head west (left) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.
Or, take 35E north to I-94 west. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn north (right). Exit on Como Avenue and head west (left) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.
From the east: Take I-94 west. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn north (right). Exit on Como Avenue and head west (left) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.
From the west: Take I-94 east. Exit on Snelling Avenue, then turn north (left). Exit on Como Avenue and head west (left) approximately 1/2 mile to Cathlin. Turn south (left) on Cathlin.
Check with Metro Transit for bus information: https://www.metrotransit.org/
If you have already submitted an online registration form, the Employment Center staff will meet in person with you to review and verify the information you submitted. Staff will discuss if your skills, education, job experience and availability are a match with any open positions with State Fair departments or vendors. They will let you know if you will be referred for a current opening. You must meet in person with a screener at the Employment Center regarding possible job referrals if you are interested in working at the State Fair. (If you have not already completed the online registration form, you can do so at the Employment Center.)
Identification is not required, but it is helpful.
Be clean and well-groomed. If you know what type of position you would like to be referred for, dress appropriately for that job.
Screening takes approximately 5 minutes, depending on the number of applicants that are at the Employment Center at the same time. If there is a wait, it is short. We take the necessary time with each applicant but keep the process moving.
Only the applicant meets with our staff member.
Applicants are referred for interviews when they have the skills, experience, education and availability that match what the State Fair department or vendor requested for a position. We are unable to refer every applicant.
Because the type and number of jobs available at any particular time changes frequently, we do not post open positions on the website. When you meet with Employment Center staff, they will tell you about open jobs they believe match the skills, education, experience and availability information you give them.
The types of jobs that are available change frequently as we continue to fill positions and get hiring requests. We have jobs with State Fair departments, food vendors, ride operators, game operators and exhibitors. You will get specifics when you meet with a staff member.
After you receive a job referral, the State Fair department or vendor who is looking for employees will interview and hire qualified candidates. You may be required to complete additional paperwork once you are offered a position. Your paycheck will be issued by the State Fair, if you are working for one of its departments; if you work for a vendor, they will pay you.
Most fair-time positions require applicants who are at least 16 years of age or older. The Employment Center does not have any positions for 14-15 year olds.
Most fair-time positions require that the applicant be available to work all 12 days (Aug. 24-Sept. 4).
No, referrals are based on matching an applicant’s skills, experience, education and availability to the needs of the State Fair departments and vendors who are hiring.
Some vendors hire employees through the Employment Center and others hire on their own. Job availability varies.
We cannot offer a job to everyone who applies. We match an applicant’s skills, education, job experience and availability with the employment needs of State Fair departments and vendors.
Applicants are not referred on a first-come, first-served basis. Job referrals are based on matching an applicant’s skills, experience, education and availability to the needs of the State Fair departments and vendors who are hiring.
There is no need to contact our office as a follow-up to your visit. We will call you if a job is available that matches your skills, education, job experience and availability. Contacting our office does not improve your chances of getting a referral for an interview.
Please contact the Employment Center at (651) 288-4475.
If it has been more than seven business days since you submitted your background paperwork, please contact the Employment Center at (651) 288-4475.
Employees must prove their identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete Section 1 of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration I-9 Form. Please see the list of acceptable documents on the USCIS website at: http://www.uscis.gov.
Each employer (a State Fair department or vendor) determines the rate of pay for their positions. This information will be given to you when you are interviewed. The minimum wage for the State of Minnesota is $9.50 per hour. Please refer to the Minnesota Department of Labor for details at: http://www.dli.mn.gov.
If you work for a State Fair department, your payroll check will be mailed no later than the Monday after the fair ends. If you work for a vendor, you must check with them. It is your responsibility as an employee to ask about your paycheck and to make sure the employer has your correct mailing address on file.
Most employers give their employees admission tickets for the days that the employee works. If you are hired to work for a State Fair department, you will be given admission to the fair. If a vendor hires you, please check with them.
The State Fair department or vendor that hires you will discuss parking with you.
Applicants are encouraged to contact vendors directly regarding positions before and after fair. Some State Fair departments hire summer staff; for information on these openings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The jobs at various fairgrounds events are filled by State Fair employees who have worked during the fair. If you are interested in working at events, you might want to request a referral for a fair-time position with a State Fair department. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that you will be hired to work events.