Leisure and theme park attendants > Fairground Worker
Sports and leisure | Travel and tourism
Fairground workers operate and maintain rides at theme parks or travelling fairs.
Variable variable (evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
working towards this role
You may be able to do a college course
to get some of the skills you'll need for this job. Courses include a Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering or a Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course. You'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course.
You could start by doing a maintenance engineering technician Level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You may be able to join a theme park or fairground as part of the ticketing and admissions team or catering services. You could then move into operating and maintaining rides as you get more experience and do training on the job.
You could apply for maintenance jobs with theme parks if you've got experience in mechanical or electrical service and repair work. Employers will prefer you to be 18 or over for insurance purposes.
You may be able to apply at age 16 for seasonal work to operate smaller rides and collect fares, without having the maintenance duties.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with others
- problem-solving skills
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- persistence and determination
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
A large goods vehicle (LGV) driving licence may also be useful if you’re working in a travelling fair.
What you’ll do
As a fairground worker, you'll:
- operate and supervise rides
- make announcements over a PA system
- do safety checks on the rides before the park opens
- repair rides and equipment
- carry out regular maintenance throughout the year
- set up and dismantle rides and attractions on a travelling fair
You could work in a park or at events.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you may spend nights away from home.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could go into supervisory or general management, especially in larger parks.