2021 MN State Fair Volunteer Positions

The Minnesota State Fair is coming to St. Paul, August 26 - September 6, and YOU can be a part of it!

  • Receive admission tickets to the fair for each day you volunteer with the DNR!
  • Parking and meals will be your responsibility.
  • All volunteers must pass a background check and take the safety quiz
  • Follow the web link cited at the end of each position to sign up.

COVID-19 health and safety measures:

As part of Minnesota's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to modify public events and services as needed to follow Stay Safe MN and CDC guidelines.

Please refer to the DNR Volunteer Safety Resources webpage and the DNR COVID-19 Response webpage for more information.

All COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the fair will be followed.


Greeter and Rover in DNR Building

Smokey Bear and friend

Welcome people to the DNR State Fair Building! 

Greeters are needed to create a welcoming atmosphere and direct people where to find DNR exhibits, help, entertainment, restrooms, and more!  Also help staff with small odd jobs around the site as needed.

Sit or stand near the doorway to the DNR Building as you:

  • Greet fairgoers with a smile
  • Answer questions and direct fairgoers where to find the DNR Information Booth, License Center, Trail Center, Wildlife Wing, bird shows, fish pond, music stage, restrooms, and more! (Maps will be provided.)
  • Also, assist DNR staff as requested with small tasks such as locating more brochures in the storage area and bringing them to the Info Booth.

You are not expected to be knowledgeable in all areas concerning the DNR. Refer all questions related to DNR policies and procedures to DNR staff located outside the State Fair DNR building in the Information Booth.  Do not voice any personal opinions or views when speaking with the public. You are representing the DNR in a professional capacity as a volunteer and must remain neutral on all topics. 

 Qualifications needed: 

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Must pass a criminal background check (adults only)
  • Friendly outgoing personality
  • Physically able to stand or sit in a non-air conditioned area
  • Ability to move about and carry objects
  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds

 Safety training topics to be covered with volunteers (links will be emailed to you): 

  • State Fair Safety Training
  • COVID-19 Safety

Minimum Time Commitment:

  • One or more 3-hour shifts in a day (12-3 PM, 3-6 PM or 6-9 PM)
  • Volunteers may sign up for a maximum of 3 days at the fair

TO SIGN UP

  • Complete a Greeter and Rover online application
  • Select your day and 3-hour time slot on the fair schedule
  • Please note that this application will time out after 30 minutes of no activity

Make note of the username and password you create for this site so you can go back to update your profile, check your schedule, log hours, email your volunteer coordinator and apply for other DNR volunteer opportunities at any time.  This will be your DNR Volunteer profile from now on. Log in to MyImpactPage.com to access anytime.

You will receive more information and confirmation of your schedule after this.  Maps and instructions will be emailed to you. An admission ticket will be sent to you in the US mail for each day you volunteer.  Remember, you may sign up for more than one shift and more than one day.

For more information, contact Renee Hartwig, Volunteer Programs, at 651-259-5249 or email [email protected] .


Wildlife Wing Interpreter

Smokey Bear in fair parade

Share your passion and knowledge of wildlife with fairgoers in the Wildlife Wing of the DNR Building at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair!

Sit or stand in the wing as you:

  • Provide information to fairgoers on the mounted animals
  • Answer questions and provide general directions at the fair
  • Represent the DNR in a positive fashion

Qualified volunteers must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Interested in animals and able to communicate with the public verbally.
  • Physically able to stand or sit in a non-air conditioned area.
  • Master Naturalist certification or natural resources related degree is preferred.

You are not expected to be knowledgeable in all areas concerning the DNR. Refer all questions related to DNR policies and procedures to DNR staff located outside the State Fair DNR building.  Avoid expressing personal opinions.

Time Commitment:

  • At least one 2-hour shift during the MN State Fair
  • Volunteers may sign up for more than one shift.

Training:

  • Training is not provided because all animal mounts are set up immediately before the fair opens, but an animal list is available upon request. 
  • Binder/field guides with animal information are also available for reference at the site.

State Fair Safety Training

  • All volunteers must complete an online safety training quiz to be eligible to work at the Minnesota State Fair. 
  • A link to the survey quiz will be emailed to you.

TO SIGN UP

  • Complete a Wildlife Wing Interpreter application
  • Create a volunteer profile
  • Select your day and 2-hour time slot on the fair schedule
  • Please note that this application will time out after 30 minutes of no activity

Make note of the username and password you create for this site so you can go back to update your profile, check your schedule, log hours, email your volunteer coordinator and apply for other DNR volunteer opportunities at any time.  This will be your DNR Volunteer profile from now on. Log in to MyImpactPage.com to access anytime.

You will receive more information and confirmation of your schedule after this.  Maps and instructions will be emailed to you. An admission ticket will be sent to you in the US mail for each day you volunteer.  Remember, you may sign up for more than one shift and more than one day.

For more information, contact Wendy Lee, Division of Wildlife at 651-322-4643 or email [email protected].  Written instructions will be provided prior to your shift.