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State Fair Employment Opportunities

A variety of employment opportunities are available at 4-H state-level summer events.

The following positions are available: Housing, Security, Maintenance, and Miscellaneous

Housing Employment Opportunities

Position: Dormitory Supervisor

(1 per event)

Provide day-to-day supervision in all dorm facilities.  Schedule staff; provide payroll documentation to Facilities Coordinator as requested; administer dorm policy as head of dormitory management staff team; supervise check-in procedures; maintain clean and safe facilities; provide counsel to 4-H participants as needed; serve as liaison with police, security, state fair staff, fire marshal, etc.

Qualifications: Mature; experience in counseling and supervision of young people; ability to relate to people in friendly and positive manner; ability to make decisions and execute policy; accurate; ability to work long hours under pressure.
Wages: hourly wage based upon prior experience and training. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to the 4-H State Fair Superintendent through the Facilities Coordinator.
Dates of Employment: YELLO, Arts-In, State Fair

Position: Dormitory Manager

(4 positions available)

Provide day-to-day supervision and counsel in assigned dorm facility. Schedule staff assigned to dorm facility; provide payroll documentation to the Facilities Coordinator as requested; schedule 4-H participants in assigned dorm facility; administer dorm policy as part of dormitory management staff team; supervise check-in procedures; maintain clean and safe facility; provide counsel to 4-H participants as needed; serve as a liaison to dorm supervisor.

Qualifications: Mature; experience in counseling and supervision of young people; ability to relate to people in friendly and positive manner; ability to make decisions and execute policy; accurate; ability to work long hours under pressure.
Wages: hourly wage based upon prior experience and training. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to the 4-H State Fair Superintendent through the Facilities Coordinator.
Dates of Employment: YELLO -1 male, 1 female; State Fair (Livestock Weekend)-2 male, 2 female; State Fair-September - 1 males, 1 females.

Position: Dormitory Assistant

(20 positions available)

Assist in implementation of dorm policy; provide friendly counsel to youth and adults-in-charge; assist in monitoring and maintaining a clean, safe, and restful facility.

Qualifications: Must be 19 years of age at the time of event; demonstrate responsibility, maturity and counseling skills.
Wages: hourly wage, based on 4-H dormitory experience. Total wages are figured on an 8-hour day. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to 4-H State Fair Superintendent through the Dormitory Manager and Facilities Coordinator.
Dates of Employment: YELLO-1 male, 1 female; Arts-In-2 males, 2 females ; State Fair (Livestock Weekend)-16 males, 20 females; State Fair-13 males, 13 females.

Security Employment Opportunities

Position: Security Officer

(1 position available)

Provide overnight security for the participants, the 4-H Building and contents; monitor entrances, utilities and safety systems; work with Facilities Coordinator to monitor the safety and security of all participants; close the building to the public according to set policy; contact roper authorities as needed.

Qualifications: Must be a mature adult; experience in security systems preferred; ability to relate well with youth participants and general public.
Wages: State Fair, YELLO: hourly wage based on experience and training. Room and board are provided. Arts-In: (negotiable) lump sum payment based on experince and training plus room and boarding, admission to tours and activities with the group.
Accountability: Responsible to 4-H State Fair Superintendent through Facilities Coordinator.
Dates of Employment: YELLO, Arts-In (negotiable), State Fair

Maintenance Employment Opportunities

Position: Maintenance Manager

(1 position available per event)

Provide day-to-day supervision in all dorm facilities.  Schedule staff; provide payroll documentation to Facilities Coordinator as requested; administer dorm policy as head of dormitory management staff team; supervise check-in procedures; maintain clean and safe facilities; provide counsel to 4-H participants as needed; serve as liaison with police, security, state fair staff, fire marshal, etc.

Qualifications: Mature; experience in counseling and supervision of young people; ability to relate to people in friendly and positive manner; ability to make decisions and execute policy; accurate; ability to work long hours under pressure.
Wages: hourly wage based upon prior experience and training.  Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to 4-H State Fair Superintendent through the Facilities Coordinator and liaison with State Fair Sanitation Department.
Dates of Employment: YELLO, Arts-In (negotiable), State Fair

Position: Maintenance Assistant

(6 positions available)

Provide cleaning services in the 4-H Building; maintain clean rest rooms, shower areas, staircases and floors; remove trash. Night and day shifts are available.

Qualifications: Adults preferred; able to work with minimal direction; be responsible and willing to work a variety of shifts.
Wages: hourly wage tbd. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to Facilities Coordinator through Maintenance Manager.
Dates of Employment: State Fair

Miscellaneous Employment Opportunities

Position: Twitter Communication Intern

(2 positions available)

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Wanted: 2 Twitter Communications Interns
Seeking 2 people to manage 4-H Twitter accounts before and during the state fair. Must be able to tweet clearly and responsibly and work part-time in the month before the fair and 10 hours per day during the fair, following Minnesota 4-H Social Media Guidelines, to elicit stories of learning and achievement during the fair. In addition to Twitter, you will use social media management software and communications skills to plan tweets sent during the fair. During the fair, you will closely monitor online conversations, and work 10 hours per day for all 13 days. We desire 1 person with
4-H livestock experience (preferably beef) and 1 with 4-H general projects experience. These 2 people will work closely with each other and with the 4-H web manager to gain valuable organizational communications skills.

Qualifications: Both should have experience with Twitter. Mature; one person must have 4-H livestock experience (preferably beef) and one person with general project experience. Willingness to work 10 hour days during State Fair. Must be able to tweet clearly and responsibly following Minnesota 4-H Social Media Guidelines to elicit stories of learning and achievement during the fair. Must be able to work as a team with the
4-H web manager and the other Twitter counterpart.
Wages: hourly wage based on experience and training. Room & Board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to the State Fair Superintendent through the 4-H Web Manager.
Dates of Employment: Start week of August 13th (exact date TBD) – Tuesday September 4th. You must be available to work a full day on September 4th. When you apply, please include your twitter handle

Position: Bus Driver

(1 position available)

Get, use and return bus. Transport staff and participants according to a set schedule; pick up and deliver 4-H materials and supplies to and from various locations as directed.

Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age or older; posses a current drivers license/bus license and insurance; qualify to drive with 4-H leasing company; must be responsible and punctual; be able to be at ease with a wide variety of publics; and willing to work long hours.
Wages: hourly wage based on experience. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to 4-H State Fair Superintendent through the Facilities Coordinator.
Dates of Employment: State Fair

Position: Superintendent's Office Assistant

(1 position available)

This person is the first contact the public will see at the State Fair in the Superintendents office. Sell meal tickets; respond to a number of county phone calls; disseminate materials; monitor golf cart usage; and answer questions from delegates, educators, and public. Will assist in supply inventory. Other duties as assigned. One person will start work in the early morning; the other person will work in the late afternoon until 11:00pm.

Qualifications: Adult 18 years of age and older; must have experience in handling money with accuracy; operate calculators, etc. must be good with detail and have the ability to relate to people in a friendly and positive manner; 4-H experience desirable.
Wages: hourly wage based on 4-H event experience and training. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to 4-H State Fair Superintendent through the Registration Supervisor.
Dates of Employment: State Fair

Position: Fashion Revue Assistant

(1 position available)

Check all entries for accuracy and completeness; write scripts and develop suggested modeling line-up for each of the four encampments; handle participant registration; prepare judges' packets; distribute supplies to judging rooms; announce modeling line-up.

Qualifications: College student or recent graduate with textiles, clothing and fashion background; must be familiar with current fashions and fashion terms; knowledgeable about staging a fashion revue; possesses organizational skills, typing skills, and the ability to attend to details and work under pressure.
Wages: lump sum payment based on experience and training. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to Fashion Revue Coordinator and 4-H State Fair Assistant Superintendent in charge of fashion revue.
Dates of Employment: State Fair

Position: Activities Assistant (Non-Livestock)

(8 positions available)

Prepare demonstrations and youth-in-action areas; set up sound systems, necessary supplies and equipment; orient the presenters, supervise and assist 4-H members in storage, preparation and clean-up. Maintain work areas, do final clean up and storage at close of State Fair.

Qualifications: Adult, minimum of 18 years old; physical strength and stamina to move heavy objects is required; ability to manage assigned areas with minimum supervision; ability to work under pressure with diverse people; ability to work flexible hours. Must have excellent organizational and communication skills (people skills). Must be willing to be a part of a team effort promoting the Minnesota 4-H philosophy and objectives. A positive, people serving personality is a must.
Wages: hourly wage based on 4-H event experience. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to the First Floor Activities Coordinator.
Dates of Employment: State Fair

Position: Exhibit Assistant (Non-Livestock)

(10 positions available)

Each Exhibit Assistant will be assigned primary responsibilities for a specific exhibit for the entire State Fair. He/she is to check-in, arrange, set-up and maintain that area; set-up judges table, chairs, work boxes, etc.; assist as judges' assistants; evaluate judges efforts; and be responsible to insure all the necessary forms, ribbon placings, etc. are returned to the exhibit office. This position will be responsible for attending a daily EA's meeting to discuss, evaluate and plan on-going work related activities. EA's will be responsible for floor set-up and tear down along with policing and maintaining the exhibit floor. Senior Exhibit Assistants will assist the First Floor Exhibit Coordinator with the following: assign work shifts, manage the display and maintenance of exhibits during the fair as well as entry and release of exhibits, manage the set up for assistants and work with the coordinator to evaluate their on floor performance and anticipate future needs. This person will need to demonstrate maturity, organizational skills, ability to see what needs to be done and delegate jobs, ability to work under pressure with a wide variety of people and work flexible hours.

Qualifications: Adult, minimum of 18 years old; physical strength and stamina to move heavy objects is required; ability to manage assigned areas with minimum supervision; ability to work under pressure with diverse people; ability to work flexible hours. Must have excellent organizational and communication skills (people skills). Must be willing to be a part of a team effort promoting the Minnesota 4-H philosophy and objectives. A positive, people serving personality is a must.
Wages: hourly wage based on prior work experience. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to the State Fair Superintendent through the First Floor Exhibit Coordinator.
Dates of Employment: State Fair

Science/Citizenship Exhibit Area Assistant

(multiple positions available)

Wages: hourly wage based on 4-H event experience. Room and board provided.
Dates of Employment August 20 -September 2, 2013
Tasks: Will support the Science SET/Citizenship coordinator, with the interactive learning displays taking place in the Science/Citizenship Exhibit Area. Long shifts may be required.
Accountability: Responsible to the State Fair Superintendent through the SET/Citizenship coordinator.
Dates of Employment: State Fair

Position: Livestock Exhibit Assistant

(8 positions available (one for each species area plus herdsmanship)

Support the livestock show exhibit coordinator and division superintendents in managing a quality livestock show; assist in livestock offices; prepare barns for stalling of animals; hang signs; set up cages, tables, etc.; distribute hay, feed, and bedding; assist members as needed in stalling animals; direct members to wash racks and manure handling facilities; serve as runner between livestock office, 4-H Building, and show rings; assist in livestock exhibit areas. Assist an assigned show committee throughout the livestock show.

Qualifications: High school junior or senior or college student with experience in livestock handling; must be familiar with livestock show and have an understanding of livestock terminology; willingness to work flexible hours; ability to work under pressure with a variety of people and willing to take direction.
Wages: hourly wage based on 4-H experience. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Responsible to the Livestock Show Coordinator
Dates of Employment: State Fair (negotiable)

Position: Arts-In Student Directors

(12 positions available)

Program planning and assisting the staff coordinator and the major directions in implementing the Arts-In at State Fair; must attend both events on a full-time basis with specific duties assigned by the coordinator and their major director.

Qualifications: Must have participated in the Arts-In and Arts-In at State Fair at least one year; demonstrated leadership skills and competencies in specified area of interest. College students are preferred.
Wages: Registration fee and all program costs are paid during the Arts-In event. During the State Fair hourly wage based on 4-H experience and training. Room and board provided.
Accountability: Student directors will be evaluated on their progress throughout both events by the staff coordinator in consultation with the major directors. The directors will assign specific duties to the student directors appropriate to their major.
Dates of Employment: State Fair (negotiable)

 


Applications will be accepted until five working days prior to the event. However, priority will be given to those applications received by June 1. For those employed during events, meals and lodging in the 4-H building are provided in addition to wages and are considered a part of the per hour pay scale.

If you wish to apply for any of these positions, complete the "Inquiry Request for State 4-H Summer Employment" above.

 


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